Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Supports and grounds, part of Painting Foundations: Creating Palettes for the Landscape.
- What I'm going to do now, is introduce you…to all the materials that we use on this course.…And, the first thing we're going to look…at is canvases and grounds.…I want to show you how effective it can be…to use a color ground in your paintings,…and how it can really help establish a mood…to the season that you're working on.…(acoustic music)…For all of the final painting projects on the course,…I'll be using a pre-primed, 10 ounce cotton duck canvas.…
The canvas is 20 by 32.4 centimeters,…and it's based on the Golden Ratio.…The Golden Ratio has been used for centuries…to create harmony and balance.…And, I really like using this ratioed canvas,…especially for landscape paintings.…Because the canvas has been pre-primed…with Gesso by the manufacturer,…it arrives white and is ready to paint on top of.…It could be covered with one solid paint color,…which is called a colored ground,…which is just short for a colored background.…
In using a colored ground…does a number of fantastic things.…It can transform your paintings…
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
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