Sunday, June 27, 2010

Painting Light

I think in the case of candle light it's easiest to convey light with a warm to hot palette. With flesh don't be fearful of using bright reds. It conveys blood in the skin and a sense of it's translucency. The use of analogous transparent layers (glazing) creates a glow within itself. Also use some hits of blue to make those warm colors glow.
My students wanted to see a demonstration of how to paint light so I did this quick study from a photo.

3 comments:

  1. We should video one of your demos.

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  2. i agree about your notion on using red and it being having to do with blood to exude life on the skin. this piece is magnetic.

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  3. Thank you again, Karl, for your nice comment. I think the greatest challenge in painting with watercolor is not making mud. with a split primary palette it's helpful to mix warms with warms and cools with cools.

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