It's deceptively simple. Three colors - green, red, and white - and the simplest of items - a pot and a drape. Finding the nuances of color in this still life, where the light falls, and the interplay and mingling of warm and cool colors was the challenge. Oh - and we had to do it all with a palette knife.
Here's how you can do it, too.
What you need
- canvas or gessoboard
- palette knives
- palette paper
- acrylic or oil paint (I used a basic acrylic color palette of titanium white, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, dioxazine purple, phthalocyanine green, and alizarin crimson)
- paper towels
- table easel or standing easel
|We're using the simplest of tools here. All you need is a palette of basic colors and a palette knife or two.|
To measure angles and forms, I used the palette knife to check the angles of the shapes. To check the colors, some students used an isolator: a piece of mat board or cardstock with a small circle punched in it, to see only the bit of color you want to match. I'm a sloppy, fast painter, so I just eyeballed the colors, making sure they were close enough at the start. As I built up each successive iteration, I honed in closer on the colors and their nuances. Here's how it works, step by step.
|Step 3: Now we add in the shadows on the pot and the folds and shadows in the drapery, finding the variations in tone within the shadows.|