Friday, May 04, 2007

painting lesson  

posted by Michael Piwonka 8:26 PM
Last Saturday I went to a oil painting seminar at Binders. I didn't stay for the entire thing, simply because I couldn't sit through the scheduled 7 hours!

But in the few hours I did stay, I learned a lot. One of the biggest things I picked up is that painting is less about color, and more about discerning differences in light intensity. In other words, the key is distinguishing between shadows and light.

Once you've established shading on the picture, adding color is a relatively simple process, accomplished by making several passes, "building up" the paint.

I regret that I didn't stay to watch the instructor complete a landscape painting featuring an old barn with mountains in the distance. However, my rear end could only take so much sitting in an uncomfortable wooden chair.


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