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‘Lesson 25 – [Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



Now you might appreciate our choice of subject, for when this composition is completed the viewer is left wondering what awaits them as they walk round the cliff.

Lesson 25 brings this box-set to a close, in which the entire series of studies has been filmed in real-time and worked through to the natural conclusion for each of the four main studies, preceded by the opening Exercise. Artist & Author Paul Taggart turns his attention to the final areas of sandstone – firstly, the footpath that traverses a large slab of flat sandstone; secondly, the large cliff-face scattered with vegetation, loose earth and bright yellow flowers.

Having previously applied the impasto layer in Lesson 24 and waited for that to dry, Paul is now able to finish off with the final glazes. Another GEM of a LESSON, packed full of hints and tips, especially in regard to how to exploit the glazing medium and the best way to work with appropriate brushes, for an area that features both flat slabs of impasto and brushy texture.

Watch out for those final touches of pure, bright glaze applied to underlying white impasto to render the bright yellow flowers.

Finally … stand back and wonder at the journey through this landscape, which in turn has led you onto the magical journey into glazing.

Throught this series, Paul has purposefully gone against the normal procedure of working through the defined layers; so that you can follow-along at a gentle pace and thereby gain a better understanding of the role of impasto and its influence on subsequent glazes. The usual method of working through this traditional technique being to work in layers as follows:-

Layer 1 – drawing out : blocking-in with thin underpainting : re-drawing to establish some detail
Layer 2 – impasto to establish structural and visual texture (this layer can also comprise a number of layers)
Layer 3 – glazing (which can comprise of as many glazing layers as you wish to introduce)

You will hear Paul say time and again that glazes such as these can be many-layered to effect more and more subtle surface colour mixing. The key here is to experiment, remembering that at any time you can remove an unwanted glaze.

To learn more about working with thick/impasto paint mixes, please refer to the box-set ‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – which is the companion set for this Series 4; in which Paul is breaking down the layers into detailed guides that will help you to understand the nature of each layer – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils3

The landscape subject matter is identical across the four sets in this series, so that you can properly assess and compare how [1] glazing mixes interact with each other, [2] how they do so with tonal underpaintingand [3] how they do so with underlying colours and texture – finishing off with [4] the fourth tutorial set, in which you will be combining these various aspects.

We supply free-to-download reference photographs, should you wish to work-along with Paul – you can also work-along on a subject of your own choosing, it is entirely up to you – available from artworkshopwithpaul on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

SEE ALSO….

‘[Series 4] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques04

‘Painting Equipment Focus for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoilequipment
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils1
‘[Series 1] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques01
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils2
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques02
‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils3
‘[Series 3] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques03

‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1

PLUS various other WORKSHOPS, Out and About with Paul box-sets, Portraits and Figures, Masterclasses – simply use the Search button on the VOD page within artworkshopwithpaul – type in Oils and all will be revealed.

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