Category Archive: 3.2. Project: Preparation and practice

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