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Oct 13

Learn How To Oil Paint – Part II

How To Oil Paint – Part II (courtesy of TVPainter.com)

(continued from Part I, found on this site)…they’re gonna be different shades. Let’s grab some of this yellow ochre. This makes me excited – I hope it makes you excited, too! It is a good feel. See, we just add a little color – just look at these trees coming along. Fall is coming, but not quite here, yet. It plays a key role in nature. Let’s grab a little of this cad yellow and go with that, too, just brighten it up just a tad…just a tad. It’s got some leaves, still.

Let’s go back here, to this little tree right here, and we’ll cover it. Hide some things…we’ve got all kinds of things..just a hint. If you just tap them with a little bit of color, it still makes them appear far off, like you got a lot of things hiding in there.

OK, now, we’ve got those background trees taken care of. I’m gonna use a 2-inch brush, and let’s go into some of the van dyke brown and some of the ivory black, and let’s tap some color into this. I’m gonna show you a little trick that I like to do. I’m tapping straight down. This color is pretty dark. But, I’m gonna have to fill in all of this – we’re gonna block all this in right here. So let’s work on that.

Notice how I started below that, and work my way up. See? It lets the color gradually get lighter, because there’s not much paint in my brush. Let’s just work on that, and see what all we can come up with….get some of this light area right there. See if we can’t get all of this laid in here. This kinda works good, this way.

Using a 2-inch brush – a clean one – let’s go into some highlight colors. Let’s go into that Indian yellow, some of the cad yellow. Now, remember, it’s gotta be thinner, so I wanna dip into this…I got a little linseed oil here I’m gonna cut with that…put a little of that linseed oil in it. If I can get my words right! I get tongue-tied sometimes! Remember, you gotta have enough paint on here, but it’s gotta be thin…gotta be thin.

Let’s put in some grass. Let’s start from the right side over here. Just tap in some highlights…not quite enough, so get some more linseed oil…tap in here. Let’s go back here in the back…there we go…it’s working now! Laying in some highlights…let’s make it a little greener…add a little more blue. Definitely worked! This is a nice color, here – let me turn it around here so you can see it. Sometimes they come out just a little bit too light, and you have to work with them. Get some more linseed oil…just a little problem, but, we’ll take care of it here in a moment. A bit more cad yellow so it’s as shadowed as I want it to.

Alright! Let’s stop just a moment. I want to put in, maybe like a little pond right there. Let’s take a 2-inch brush – a clean one – I have a lot of brushes up here that’s already cleaned so I don’t have to do a lot of cleaning all at one time. Make things move by a little easier! OK, we’ll take a little bit of this white, go up to the canvas right here, bore down, bore down, bore down. This will give us a bit of a reflection right there…something to make it look shimmery.

OK, lay that brush down, let’s get another clean, 1-inch brush. Gently, go across…see that? Instantly, you have a little pond! You got a little light. And, who knows? Let me get this other brush and add our highlight color on it. That’s one good thing about keeping it…and, let’s tap in some of the…just a little bit of this color that we used on the grass up there. Gently blend those, too. See that?

OK, I’m using a palette knife now. Go into some of that van dyke brown, a little bit of lizard crimson. You can see right here. Just mix up a little bit…makes the dirt. A little yellow ochre will help it – give it a little warm flavor! OK, let’s go right over here and cut a roll off. Get it nice and flat, cut a roll off, like that, and gently pull right across through there, like that. See, you got your…you got dirt. That easy! You don’t even have to go dig it up out of the yard! I make some funny comments sometimes – that’s what I like to do. Gotta have fun!

OK, now, use a little bit of white in with that mixture, let’s use a little bit of Indian yellow. Just a little – a bit more white. We’re gonna make a highlight for that dirt! See there? We’re using that same, dark mixture. Pull it out nice and flat, like that, cut you a roll across…just a little bit. See there? That dirt just comes alive! This makes it stand out, there – see that? But that dark – if you didn’t have that dark on it, you wouldn’t have anything at all. Just a gob of paint! Every little thing helps.

OK, while I’ve got that knife with me – I’ll wipe my knife off here right quick. OK, get some of this white…it’s got a little of this purple tint to it from that mixture that I have – that’s good. You don’t want it to be just stark, stark white. I’m kneading this paint, I guess you could say, it makes it a little creamy. That way it will go on the canvas a bit better. Sometimes these whites are thick, so…cut across the top, push it forward. Go up here, and let’s cut in a little water line. See that? Cut right there…just cut it in like that…just like that. Maybe there’s one out here…see that? We’ve got all kinds of things happening. That’s what I like. That’s how you can get all sorts of little things.

Alright, lets get some grass back up on top of this right quick. Take some of that ochre, come right here and tap in some of that grass right here. Push that dirt down…just like that. OK, lay that brush down…alright, where’s my big brush again? There we go. Tap into these three colors here, a little of the Indian yellow, some yellow ochre and some of the cad yellow. Add a little more linseed oil…(Part III to follow)


Sep 03

Learn How To Paint

How To Oil Paint Part I (courtesy of TVPainter.com)

Hi, I’m Michael Thompson, and it’s a great day to paint, and I’m glad that you’re with me! We’ll go up to the canvas here, and let me explain something. This is a 16 x 20 primed canvas, and we have a thin, white oil medium on this. And the colors I use – we’ll put them on the screen for you as we go.

Alright, I’ve got my 2-inch brush. Let’s go up to the canvas, and remember, paint can make it happen!

Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Indian Yellow
Cobalt Blue
Vandyke Brown
Alizarin Crimson
Ivory White
Titanium White

Let’s go on to the cobalt blue…I’m using my 2-inch brush and just loading it up. I’m tapping, because it loads it evenly, OK? Just like this. Now, we go up to the top of the canvas, and, if you’ll look, I’m doing “X” strokes, just like this, right across through there, see that? Work my way down…work my way down. Let me re-load right quick…I don’t have quite enough. There we go – it’s doing good, now! Let’s get this sky really blended good. This’ll kinda give you a good work out…that’s good for you! If you get some dark spots, just simply stay in that spot and work them out.

Let’s bring this on down…just like that. See, I’m going back and forth to remove my brush strokes so it will be nice and smooth…nice and smooth. But, you can already see how the sky has got dimension. Let’s take care of this little spot right here before we stop…ok!

Alright, I’m gonna reach down here and get a fan brush – let’s go put some clouds in the sky! Using the titanium white, I’m gonna load this brush up really good. I don’t wanna…I don’t want the paint…let me say this. I don’t want the paint to come up into the ferrules, back up here in the back part. As you can see, I have a lot of paint in there, but, if it cakes up in the back, then that will cause your brush not to perform correctly and your brush won’t last as long.

Let’s go up here to the top. Let’s make one, big cloud today…right up in here. I’m doing circles, using the corner of that brush, flip it over. If you run out of paint, you’ve got a whole other side, there. Let me reload right quick. Let’s go right up here…see there? Free sample! Let’s just do some of this…see there? That will make that cloud look like it’s coming rushing up to you to meet you! Good things happen…it’s always good. Alright, we’ll stop right there – I believe that’s enough. Let me get a uh…I’m using a 1-inch brush, here – a clean one. And I’m gonna use just the top corner to blend this, so, I just gently blend, like this. See there? And remember that the paint we’re using…we use oil paints. Not acrylics or not water-based…they’re oil paints.

Alright, let’s fan some of this out, here. And you gently hold the brush down, like this, I’m gonna pull up, but I’m gonna pull up at an angle, either that way or this way. So, let’s go this way…seems like you can see that a little better. Very gentle – I mean, no pressure. No pressure at all, see that? Then, gently go back and forth…you gotta talk quiet – it helps! I need everything to help, sometimes! But, it makes it nice…nice little effect. See there? I’ll bet you can do that pretty easy. You’re probably sitting back waiting on me! That’s ok…alright, I think we’ve got our cloud done…

OK, I’m gonna use a 2-inch brush, and let’s put in some background trees right here. We can do that by simply tapping. Let’s go into the van dyke brown, and tap straight down, like this, and let’s add just a little bit of the ivory black – just a little. Adding a little bit of the titanium white kind of lightens up the mixture. Gotta get that tonal value right, ’cause things in the distance are lighter, and they gradually get dark as they come to you.

OK, tapping just like that…let’s start right here. Just tap in some shapes and designs out of our little cloud back there. OK…just like this. Reload a few colors, there. Let’s go right over here. Alright, just a few little trees of all different sorts. You want them to be kind of dark – you don’t want them to have a lot of these open spots in here, so let’s take care of that right quick. See all that? Looky there – it happens automatically! OK, we’re finished with that…let’s go ahead and put some tree trunks in.

I’m using my liner brush, and some linseed oil that I dipped in to, and a little bit of this ivory black…mix a little bit more of that black in here and get it real thin. If you’ll twist through the brush like this right here – twist the paint. K, go right here. I’m gonna stick right here in the center. Look how good that paint flow, see that? It’s really nice…really, really nice. Reload. A lot of these will disappear when we put our highlights on, but it’s fun to practice a little when you put them in. It’s always fun! Give it a little twist, bring them down just a little bit, make it closer. A little up in here – just everywhere! Just everywhere – a few here and there. That’s always nice. Alright – I think that will work!

OK, then! We’re going to some highlights. I’m gonna get a 1-inch brush. I’m gonna use just a little bit of the linseed oil to tap in to on my 1-inch brush. Let’s go into some of the white…maybe some of that indian yellow. Some of that yellow and just a little bit of the cobalt. Let’s make our own green. Remember, yellow and blue make what? They make green! I like to make my own green. Tap down.

Let’s go to this tree right over here. Go slightly above and just tap. See that? It’s already got some dark behind it to make some shadow. It makes a nice shadow. These colors work really well together. Skip around – you notice I didn’t just keep going in order. Let’s skip around with these colors…


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