Materials

Painting from Part 2

Several medium sized brushes

 

Oil paints – including a red, yellw, blue, black and white (as a minimum)

 

Palette

Easel

Thinner (I recommend odourless mineral spirits (OMS)

Linseed oil

Kitchen paper towel for wiping back and cleaning

 

Process

  1. Begin by adding the lightest value on your painting.
  2. Once you’re happy with the lightest value, clean your brush or take a new one and mix a colour for the darkest halftone. It should be slightly lighter than the shadow and emerge from the bedbug line that you established while adding variations to the shadows.
  3. Now that you have your lightest colour and darkest colour blocked in you can work progressively from dark to light, adding paint in large masses. Don’t blend too much as this will make your painting mushy and indistinct.
  4. As a general rule your, colours should get higher chroma (more saturated) as they get lighter. This enhances the luminosity of the colours. If you struggle to balance the hue, value and chroma, don’t worry too much. It will be possible to correct things with glazing and scumbling in later stages. The most important thing is that the values are correct as they will give a sense of form and 3Dness to the painting.
  5. When you’re happy with how everything looks, leave the painting to dry completely (usually about 3 days depending on how thick the paint is).