Category Archive: 3. Painting outside

Assignment 3: Landscape painting from mixed sources

3.4.1 Assignment 3 Assignment 3 : Landscape painting from mixed sources Painting : Take an A3 sheet or larger and secure this to a board. If you wish, lightly draw in the composition. … Continue reading

3.3.4 Exercise: Photographs for source material

Take several photos of your chosen scene. Stick fairly closely to the same viewpoint. Try photographing the same scene under different conditions weather. Take your time and note changes happening and record them… Continue reading

3.3.3 Exercise: Preparatory sketches

Find a location that interests you and make a series of quick small studies (at least four) in your sketchbook.  Establish the major colour and tonal relationships as they affect the composition.  Select… Continue reading

3.3.2 Exercise: Painting on the spot

Return to the location where you took your photograph equipped to paint outdoors, go at a similar time of day to when you took your photograph.  Paint one or two landscape studies in… Continue reading

3.3.1 Exercise: Painting from a photograph

Take two or three photographs of a landscape that you will be able to return to and paint later on. Note of the date, time of day, the position of the sun and… Continue reading

3.3.0 Written piece : Copying Photos

The sophisticated exploitation of photographic images for a specific artistic goal or the use of photography as an additional resource to direct observation are a rather different matter from the practice of copying… Continue reading

3.2.7 Exercise: Painting with prepared elements

  On an A3 sheet sketch the simple outlines of each feature. Determine the tonal structure of the painting.  Paint the lightest colours, let dry and gradually add your darker colours.  Keep everything… Continue reading

3.2.6 Exercise: Building a picture

This exercise will involve a degree of planning and preparation for a painting that could be completed outside or at home.  In this exercise look for a landscape which interests you and includes… Continue reading

3.2.5 Exercise: Exploring greens outside

  Find a location; look carefully at the range of greens before you.  Roughly draw up the main areas or outlines of different trees, shrubs or areas of grass first in your sketchbook. … Continue reading

3.2.4 Exercises: Mixing greens 4

To extend your practice make a painting of several bottles together using a technique that utilises the addition of darks such as Ultramarine and Burnt Umber to achieve the deeper tones in the… Continue reading

3.2.3 Exercises: Mixing greens 3

In this exercise you will be making two simple paintings using a green palette to build up light and shade using two contrasting methods. By layering the same mixture over itself to build… Continue reading

3.2.2 Exercise: Mixing greens 2

In the exercise above the greens were made using a ready-made green as a starting point.  Greens can be mixed from blues and yellows in one of three different ways. 1 Mixing two… Continue reading

3.2.1 Exercise: Mixing greens 1

This is an exercise to mix different greens both from the blues and yellows in your palette.  Develop a range of greens. Draw a chart of eight 3cm squares with lots of rows. … Continue reading

3.1.3 Exercise: Subject choices

Select a title for your painting based on the subject matter, mood or colours.  Work quickly (up to an hour) and loosely on two or three titled paintings.  What titles did you choose… Continue reading

3.1.2 Exercise: Sketches from different viewpoints

Find a location in which available light will hold for a sustained period.  Around 30 minutes for each of the following watercolour sketches. Now find a viewpoint for your first quick study. Let… Continue reading

3.1.1 Exercise: Inside and outside

A watercolour landscape from direct observation.  Rapid watercolour studies (allow 30–60 minutes each) first from indoors and then from outside.  Restricted palette.  Work on an A3 or A4 Choose a view that you… Continue reading