July 3, 2017

Painting Project 4: Introducing Soft Gel

The last project in this painting course is quite different from the previous ones. Introducing Soft Gel, a medium that will be used to create acrylic skins, adding a different component to use in still life paintings.

Materials R...

June 26, 2017

Painting Project 3: Creating a semi-abstract still life.

Materials Needed
•    Canvas 40x40cm prepared with a layer of matte medium (dried overnight) 
•    Matte medium
•    Fluid colours
•    Silicon sponges cut into different geometr...

June 24, 2017

Using Pinterest for Colour Moods

Colour in still life paintings is vital to give clues as to the mood of the painting. Is it sunny and warm, nighttime, what is the season depicted in a creation? Colour could possibly be a more important tool than composition and content...

June 23, 2017

Painting Project 2: Creating a still life painting with drawing as focus

Materials Needed

  • 40x40cm canvas painted with a layer of acrylic ground for pastels (pumice gel)

  • Inktense pencil (black) an aquarelle pencil will work as well.

  • Matte medium and fluid pa...

June 19, 2017

Painting Project 1: Layering of colours on a black canvas

The purpose of this still life painting project is to use simple plant shapes to explore ‘visual textures’ through translucent layering, and shading with the full spectrum of colours.

Materials to be used

A 40x40cm...

June 18, 2017

Composition without Drawing

Basic forms representing containers, fruit, foliage and flowers, are used as templates on a 40x40cm sized canvas. This is one way to experiment with layout and composition on the same scale as the four painting projects. It is an interactive...

June 18, 2017

An additional release covering techniques

I am including a three video tutorials from a previous course as they cover paintbrushes and the use of painting medium.

When you create the four painting projects in The Still Life Course you can use these as additiona...

June 16, 2017

Replicated tissue paper floral and foliage

This mini project to be done over the weekend of 17 June has been designed to explain shading and layering with the aid of matte medium. I decided to include it at this stage as it ties in with both this week’s tissue collages...

June 15, 2017

Guidelines for simple still life paintings

A still life painting can be simple or complex. As a colourist, I regularly paint stylized still life paintings. I will be discussing the aspects of still life composition that I find to be most important. In order to create a...

June 14, 2017

Creating compositions from printed marks on paper

Following on from the compositions created by cutting out painted tissue paper shapes, this exercise is something that can be done in order to explore balance and proportion in composition.

It is also a way to make compos...

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