Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video A spring landscape: The underpainting, part of Painting Foundations: Creating Palettes for the Landscape.
- So for our Spring painting,…I've chosen this beautiful meadow scene.…It's got this lovely strong yellow…through the mid-ground of it,…it's got the great dappled impressionistic flowers…in the foreground,…and this really nice shape of the tree,…and some nice dark greens…to add depth into the background.…For the first stage of the painting,…the base pigments I'll be using…are Titanium White,…Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Light,…and Ultramarine Blue.…
I'll also use this square edged synthetic brush,…and a size 45 palette knife.…I'm going to use the palette knife…for mixing my colors,…and also use it for adding thick layers of paint…toward the end of this stage of the painting.…So you could do one or two ways…with the color ground.…Either towards yellow and green, or blue.…But because we're going to be painting…using impasto marks on the trees,…it makes sense to go with a blue background of the sky.…
This lovely, nice, subtle powdery blue,…having that as the ground color…and then we can work the rest of the painting…on top of that.…
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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