Still Life Painting Atelier: An Introduction to Oil Painting
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The equivalent of a foundation course in traditional oil painting for beginning to intermediate level artists, this in-depth book uses the still life as a practical way to master oil techniques. The still life is a practical, forgiving genre as it does not require the likeness of a portrait or the accurate proportions of the figure and, unlike the landscape, it doesn’t change with the weather. Instead, it gives aspiring artists ample time to study and the opportunity to look closer. It can be used as a purely formal subject for drawing and painting techniques, or a platform for emotional expression using personal symbolism and imagery.
However, though the still life is used throughout as a teaching tool, this is first and foremost a book about oil painting. It begins with simple compositions that build to more complex arrangements. Starting with essential information on how to best set up your studio—including lighting, equipment, materials (paints, solvents, brushes, mediums), and preparing your canvas and paper for oil painting—Still Life Painting Atelier then offers concrete lessons in a logical progressive sequence, with step-by-step illustrations, finished paintings, diagrams and tips. Chapters cover:
• How to address composition through thumbnail sketches and line drawings
• Using underpainting to study the characteristics of light and shade
• The basics of color theory and color mixing
• How to use a variety of brushes to create sharp and soft edges
• Techniques that are helpful when painting metal and glass
• How to apply glazing and scumbling to bring luminosity and texture
is gathered from fir trees in Indonesia and Malaysia. It can be purchased in crystals and dissolved in turpentine, or it can be purchased in a ready-to-use liquid form. It produces a glossy finish, and can be used as a picture varnish, thinned and used as a retouch varnish, or used as a mixing varnish. One drawback to damar varnish is that, over time, its film can eventually turn yellow and become brittle. If this should happen, the varnish can be removed and replaced with a fresh coat.
the preliminary drawing is done in charcoal directly on the canvas. But any corrections made to the drawing on canvas can leave smudge marks. Instead, if the drawing is done on paper, corrections can be made on paper, and the finished drawing can be transferred relatively cleanly to the canvas. The paper drawing can also be saved and reused on another canvas later. Although it is not always necessary to utilize a preliminary drawing, it is useful for when you want the proportions of your
up by mixing it with Indian red. mixing new colors Two colors that are not included in this palette are violet and orange. Violet can be made by mixing alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue, and a variety of orange hues can be mixed by using any combination of the reds with the yellows. Burnt sienna is a very warm earth tone that works well for creating an earthy orange in middle and dark tones. mixing black Many painters avoid using black, but instead choose to mix black from the colors on
alizarin crimson. creating tints and shades When tinting and shading colors, the full palette gives you many options. To begin with, a variety of light and dark colors are available that may be used in place of a tint or shade. For example, of the blue pigments, cerulean blue is a light blue and ultramarine blue is a dark. In the case of yellow pigments, cadmium yellow light is a light yellow and yellow ocher is a dark. Of the red pigments, cadmium red medium is much lighter than the darker
Applying a Glaze Scumbling Painting Smooth Surfaces Afterword Bibliography Index Bouquet, 1987, oil on paper, 30 × 23 inches (76.2 × 58.4 cm), collection of Constance and Robert Friel INTRODUCTION STILL LIFE IS A FORGIVING GENRE. It does not demand the personal likeness of a portrait. Nor does it require the accurate proportions of the human figure. And, unlike a landscape, it does not change with the weather. Instead, the still life is a genre that provides the artist with time to study