Saturday, February 1, 2014

Overflowing and a Demo

Overflowing, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Workshop Demo - NFS

This is the second demo I did for my work-shoppers last week. Several of you have written to ask about my process and what I was teaching. Although I didn't get process shots of either piece I painted in class, below is a series of paintings from my handout that show my general approach. Of course, this is greatly simplified (you have to come to the class for the long version - wink, wink) but hopefully, you will get the gist.

Under Drawing Block In
Consider this a road map of your composition.
Identify and separate shadow family from light family.

 Establish Values in Color

Paint SHAPES of color and light.
(SQUINT DOWN for large masses.)

Add Subtle Shifts
Break up major shapes with subtle value and temperature shifts to suggest detail.

Add Highlights, lowlights, calligraphy
These are the finishing touches - Save till last!

I do love still life work and believe that painting from life in the studio is incredibly good practice. DO try this at home! :)


Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful paintings, and what a great demo.



Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You are a great artist and a generous teacher! EVERY one of your workshops should fill up! I still have my work from your class in Austin!