Develop an understanding of how to approach still-lives and in particular flower painting. Learn the step by step process of painting flowers from the initial block-in and gesture to the final level of finish.
In this class we will work from photographs and still lives. All exercises are designed to provide students with a hands on understanding of the four elements that produce a strong painting (edges, values, shapes and colours).
Basic palette (I recommend Winsor and Newton as a good entry level)
- Titanium white
- Yellow (cadmium yellow medium or lemon or any other bright yellow)
- Yellow ochre
- Red (cadmium, vermillion or any other warm red)
- Red (alizarin or permanent red or any other cool red)
- Ultramarine blue
- burnt umber
- Ivory black
Brushes: Combination of filbert, flats or round brushes. Please ensure you bring a variety of ‘hard’ hair brushes and ‘soft’ hair brushes – at least two hard hair brushes and two soft hair brushes from sizes 1 to 6 depending on the brands.
Canvas or canvas-paper: we will do 2 paintings in total please use supports between A4 and A3 in size. I will use Canson canvas-paper for my demonstrations but you can bring a canvas, or boards that are already primed.
Palette: disposable paper palettes are great but you are welcome to bring a sturdy glass or wooden palette
Mediums: if you are working in oils please bring a small bottle of Gamsol
Containers: 1 small glass jars (with lids)
Palette knife for cleaning and mixing colours
Apron or something that you won’t mind getting paint on