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Working from "Dark to Light,Thin to Thick."


Hi Guys,

Welcome to my post this week that will be supporting our students learning from" Cheltenham Fine Art" and also showing you the finished paintings that are the conclusion of the process I have been sharing with you.

This week in my landscape course, supported by tonal sketches, photos and Notan patterns along with new colour mixing skillls, we have been looking to put into practise a process I use in my own work, that of "working from dark to light and thin to thick". The reason I prefer to use this method is that it limits me having to keep going backwards and forwards from dark to light and ensures a good balance of colour throughout the piece I m working on. It is well worth persevering with looking at subjects in this way as I feel it prevents me from getting too bogged down in details.

My students will tell you that I liken this process to doing a jigsaw of patches of colour, where you mix up the colours you see from darkest to lightest, looking for that colour all over the picture plane.

I have started by using my tonal, Notan and image to create my first marks onto the surface using as larger brush as I have which is a 6" decorators brush with the aim of keeping the paint loose and the marks energetic and all the time I m connecting to the verse that runs throughout the painting support.