Friday, 27 September 2013

How-To Friday's - Atmospheric Perspective

Atmospheric Perspective: refers to creating a sense of depth in painting by imitating the way the atmosphere makes distant objects appear less distinct and more bluish than they would be if nearby. Also known as Aerial perspective.

MeredithSteele provides a visual explaination of Atmospheric Perspective which is easily understood.
Atmospheric Perspective
  • Colours become greyed down with distance (to grey colours down, mix that colour with its compliment)
  • Warm colours advance while cool colours recede.
  • The closer objects are more distinct and detailed.
  • Objects closer to the viewer show greater value contrast than those in the distance.
  • Put the strongest contrast in your centre of interest.
  • Highlights, white tones and light areas generally move toward the viewer while shaded areas recede.
  • The value of an object is determined not only by its own tones, but by the tones that surround it. To darken an object, for example, you can lighten its surroundings.
Here you can see that warm colours come forward and cooler colours recede.

Arizona, Watercolours

Heptonstall in England, Oil

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Show us your pumpkins

I just created these three ACEO's; they are my interpretation of the latest ACEO Challenge - Show us your pumpkins! They are all done in watercolour and ink on bristol. One of these little cards is on it's way to my swap buddy Anne B. Hope you like it Anne!

Why don't you join our challenge and show us your pumpkins too.


Friday, 20 September 2013

How-To Friday's Triads

A triad is three colours that are an equal distance from each other on the colour wheel. The best ones use the primary colours – red, blue and yellow.

 Linda Aman gives a wonderful demonstration on triads in her video. Watch how she mixes the colours on the paper. The colours obtained are more vibrant then if they were mixed in the palette.

Doris Glovier give an introduction to triads and provides three different triads and give illustrations of the difference. You need to scroll down half way through the screen to find the introduction. The top half of the article talks about a different mixes. I debated about using this article however; I felt that the different tirads she used as well as her samples were helpful.



Friday, 13 September 2013

How-to Friday's - Painting with two colours

I found an excellent video of creating a painting using only two colours.You can obtain a wide range of different mixes and values using just two colours. Roy Simmons uses ultramarine blue and burnt umber to create a landscape.

Below is one of my paintings using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

I have also charted the range of mixes you can get from Thalo Green and Alizarin Crimson.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A Difficult Job

I recently had to sort through my watercolour paintings with the objective of reducing the number of paintings I had. I needed to destroy some of them. It was a very difficult process. Some of the paintings were cut down into bookmarks and will be offered for sale in my TeamMike Etsy site. I just have to write up the descriptions and then post them. The rest were ripped and put in the garbage. I kept the best and some are offered for sale in my ArtWanted shop, either the originals or prints.

Some New Bookmarks

Friday, 6 September 2013

How-to Friday's

I set up a new page and will be posting links to different How-to links on the internet (videos, e-books or links to pages) with regards to painting, watercolour, oil, acrylic, and mixed media. I will review these links and post up my thoughts on how effective they are.
My first reviews are for value charts.

Lori McNee explains The Importance of Value and; Tone in Painting in a very straight forward manner. Very easy to understand with examples provided.
Carol McIntyre gives a demo of creating a value chart in her video How to Make A 7-Step Value Scale. She provides step by step instructions in creating a value chart. She is working in oil paints. The video is approximately 13 minutes long.

Cheap Joe Miller demonstrates How to Make Your own Color Value Chart using watercolours. He creates a watercolour value chart of each colour. This chart is suitable for posting in your studio. This is a short video just over 2 minutes long. 

This is a value study I did  which includes a monochromatic painting usine Burnt Sienna - watercolour.