Let’s get out and do some painting outdoors!
This online landscape painting class is the studio prep time we need to prepare for our paintings when we head out. We will be focusing on the all-important subject of color, controlling it to our suit our needs, and make quick decisions without all the fuss, while out on the field or doing a color study from an image.
Because of the nature of the subject, any media can be used as the information is universal.
While most landscape classes focus on particular subject matter, this one is going to focus on particular aspects of landscape painting rarely discussed or demonstrated.
Three particular aspects we will focus on are:
- Gauging the color of the light with the sky clock as our guide
- Aerial perspective and how to read the atmosphere and land features for better depth of field
- Enhancing the storytelling mood by shifting the hues with a chroma shift
Because of the limitations of light with the camera, I will be demonstrating the important color theory concepts with oil paint, and each week will have a few tricks to teach regarding different media. This class is packed with technical information regarding color mixing, color theory, and mark making.
Supply List Color Class
Palettes need to have a few harmonious or complementary paints to work together without defying what you know to be rules of color mixing – i.e. blue + yellow = green etc.
IMPORTANT STUFF HERE:
A good palette should have a white, a strong white, preferably titanium white as a strong opaque paint to lighten the colors when it is mixed in with them.
A universal palette will have a red, yellow and a blue in it to make the full range of complementary hues, regardless of how harmonious in chroma, or colorfulness they may be.
In other words, to make all colors, you need a few. White, Black, Red, Yellow, Blue is known as the universal palette.
If you already own materials, do not worry about getting anything new, unless you have to resupply a color you have used up.
If you are new, this list can help you get your colors together, and the last part of this document will have a few palette choices based upon your financial situation.
—Palette should include:
Titanium White and an Ivory Black
And then one of each,
—A more balanced palette would include a warm and a cool version of each hue:
Cad Red Light – Warm Alizarin Crimson – Cool
Ultramarine Blue – Warm Cerulean Blue – Cool
Cad Yellow Light – Warm Yellow Ochre – Cool
DAVINCI PAINTS ______For PAINTS – I absolutely Prefer DaVinci Paints because they are the richest in hue, and most consistent in hue from tube to tube. They are southern California and they are extremely helpful. As for their water media, unlike other companies, they sell gouache and watercolor in the 37m tubes at regular price unlike other brands
Oils and Acrylics
1- A drawing brush-round something with a point is good for more accurate drawing
1- of each minimum- A filler brush – flat long hairs for mechanical filbert for organic ½” is good for small and medium sized canvases
Gouache / Watercolor
1-drawing brush – Round – Robert Simmons has very nice affordable brushes for water media, with the brown and gold trim handles
Palette Knife for mixing paint for oils and acrylics____ DO NOT USE BRUSHES TO MIX PAINT IF YOU ARE NEW –
1- soft flexible palette knife for mixing paint – they usually have a big round end to them
OILS AND ACRYLICS Canvas – 11 x 14” start size
Anything works for when you are learning, in fact, the canvas panel packs you can buy at Michael’s for 15$ are great study canvases, feel guilt free throwing one away because it turned out not so favorable.
GOUACHE AND WATERCOLOR – Arches watercolor paper pad format is best. Strathmore Smooth Bristol is also acceptable although I have noticed that their paper speckles more than it used to. Just remember, we are learning, you do not need high quality materials to learn. When you switch to better materials you will absolutely notice the difference.
Thinners and mediums –
Oils – STAY SAFE! DO NOT BUY PAINT THINNER purchase linseed or walnut oil to clean your brushes and to water the paint down. Thinners are dangerous and mixed with pigment can be even more dangerous. Your paint is made with oil in it, the oils used to thin and clean the paints complement what is in the tube.
Acrylics – Retarders and other thinners are not necessary for these demonstrations and water is your vehicle, and thinner for this material
Gouache and watercolor – no need for any mediums for this class and water is your thinner.
Digital Painters – A tablet and pen tool, and any paint program that offers layers
Ron Lemen has had an eclectic artistic past, working consistently in the entertainment art industry and as an art instructor. Ron first went in to the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving on to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso.
Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Upper Deck, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Disney, and more. In addition, to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 16 years.
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