It’s been years since I’ve oil painted, and I can tell because most of my paint tubes are stuck shut from dry paint that I neglected to clean off when it was fresh.
Anyway, I’ve been taking part in a class online and have taken up some oil painting again. It’s been a lot of fun and extremely educational. My teacher instructed to first to a monochromatic painting. He gave us three colors to work with: Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue. He said to make a purplish-gray color and use that for this monochromatic painting, using turpentine to thin the paint where needed for the light areas. He gave us a photo reference of an apple and a pear to work from. So this is what I came up with. It’s 8×10 inches in size.
And he suggested that, in addition to these three colors, we should add white and see how many colors we can mix with these just to see for ourselves. I was impressed! Here is my collection of color swatches mixed from these basic colors.
And then, the teacher said to go ahead and paint a color version of this same apple and pear on the napkin. He really helped me to pay attention to all of the subtle color changes in the photo. For example, the red of the apple reflected onto the pear, and the cool blue reflected on the apple and the napkin on the right side from a blue panel on that side of the photo. Here is my painting. It is also 8×10 inches in size.
Next, we have to set up our own still life and work from real life. I hope to take that on soon. Just wanted to share what I’ve been doing in the meantime.
Thank you for looking. 🙂