Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Autumn reflections: Lights and darks, part of Painting Foundations: Creating Palettes for the Landscape.
- So, for our autumn painting,…I've chosen this fantastic glowing woodland scene…with all these lovely orange autumnal colors…and these really beautiful pools of light…that are all dotted throughout the scene.…For the first stage of the painting,…the base pigments are titanium white, burnt sienna,…yellow ochre, burnt amber, and cadmium yellow light.…The brushes are a size six soft filbert and the small round…nylon brush just for the details.…
But first I'm gonna talk though how I decided on the tonal…ground color for this painting.…Because there are such fantastic reds and oranges…in this image, I'm gonna start with the yellow ochre…that has really similar colors and hues to all of these…tones down here at the bottom.…I'm just going to add a little bit of burnt sienna…to add some warmth to the mix.…
Yeah, that's great.…That's a really lovely ground color…and because this has had the fluid acrylic…it won't need as much diluting with the water…so I can just put a few drops on top.…And again, just dipped into the water.…
Will explains how to simplify and separate tonal values into areas of light and shadow, how to use warm and cool colors effectively, and how to mix a naturalistic green palette — a major color stumbling block in landscape painting. A vibrant spring green, for example, can be easy to mix, but hard to balance. The same is true for warm autumnal colors and the vivid blues of summer skies. Will shows how to build these palettes and use gestural impressionistic brushstrokes to paint different landscape scenes. By introducing washes and glazes, he demonstrates how to simulate the atmospheric light of each season. So break out your brushes and paints. Start watching to learn how to mix color for the landscape and approach painting the seasons with confidence.
- Setting up supports and grounds
- Choosing brushes, paints, and additional materials
- Mixing harmonious color palettes
- Creating a winter palette with neutrals
- Blending colors of atmospheric light
- Painting smoky edges and dark areas of a landscape
- Mixing and balancing green
- Underpainting a spring landscape
- Creating autumnal golden light
- Extending color palettes
- Adding watery washes and glazes
- Creating a vibrant summer palette
- Simplifying shapes in a landscape painting
Skill Level Beginner
Drawing Foundations: Light and Shadowwith Will Kemp1h 52m Intermediate
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