Online Painting Class
Discover the fundamentals of still-life painting
to help you create technically correct FORM.
Still life painting can be a wonderful topic to paint. However it can be a technical challenge for most painters, especially those just starting out. We all understand these frustrations and want to share with you an easy approach to this subject.
Being able to approach a still life composition with greater artistic confidence opens up a multitude of opportunities for creating professional looking art.
If You're still in doubt!
This class is all about seeing values and being able to render 3D form of an object. It's all about placing values in the right place.
Learning to 'see' in values rather than color is a learning process where we have to train the eye...
This still life lesson represents these forms...cubes (canvas) , sphere (brass bowl), cylinders (brush handles), cone (cup). Keep reminding yourself this block is all about light/value/form. Painting the still life in umber removes color from the equation, so the eye only concentrates on creating form (dimension).
The placement of values was taught when you created the basic forms...now we transfer that knowledge to placement of value on an actual object with the same form.
A cylinder is a cylinder, is a cylinder regardless of the light source or size. The values are placed exactly the same way... only relative to the direction of the light source. Once we know where the light is coming from we know where to place the lightest values and then of course the darkest values will be opposite to that.
The first question to ask yourself is...where is the light coming from? Left, right, high, low, above, or behind. For this still life the light is coming from the upper left side (in front) so we know where to place the lightest values of the form. Then go from there.
Now the question: why do we cover it all up? Well the Old Flemish Masters used to use the umber layer to create the basic form of objects and harmony between all their colors.
Paint being expensive this was also an economical way to paint. Leave the expensive color layers for last when you didn't have to use very much to complete the painting.
The grey layer was then applied over the umber layer in a certain manner. The opaque grays were placed over the highlight areas. Then as the paint was applied over the darker umber areas it was applied in a transparent manner... allowing the umber to show through very slightly.