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Episode 2 – ‘Oils Workshop, Alla Prima, working from Dark to Light, with Paul Taggart’



EPISODE 2 and now the compositional elements need to be re-established over the thin underpainting. Following this, Paul then shows how to use retouching varnish on a painting that has dulled-down, having been left to dry, to ensure the colours on the surface are enlivened and enriched. Then work begins on the impasto painting, starting with the SKY – which requires the application of graduated colours. Identifying colours in the subject, colour mixing, working in graduated bands of colour from the top of the painting to the horizon, blending – all these and more are covered in this episode. The episode ends with the first beginnings on the turreted building in the background.

“Welcome to our studio in the Highlands of Scotland, from where we bring you this complete, start-to-finish, work-along Workshop in Oils, using the traditional techniques of working Alla Prima in layers from Dark to Light – you can download this box-set to own forever, or stream here on Vimeo.

Fully narrated throughout and filmed in real time – as with all of our painting tutorials – I guide you step-by-step through the entire composition, from the first reference gathering, thumbnails and drawing-out, through the layers to the very last strokes of paint with all colour mixes demonstrated on my palette.

SUBJECT – when we select subjects for our tutorials, we carefully choose subjects that would best suit the technique that I am demonstrating – so it is with the subjects featured in this composition; which are intended to help you become more confident about including figures in a landscape, understand the value of aerial perspective and deal with the various angles and perspective of subjects such as buildings and a boat.

TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES form the keystone of my work as a Fine Artist, so it is with my video art tutorials. For this particular composition, I specifically chose to demonstrate the versatility of working Alla Prima, with impasto mixes, gradually layering through from the dark accents to the lightest highlights – in other words, from dark-to-light, using one of the principal techniques in oil painting that enables an artist to work on-the-spot with a nuclear painting kit. The result is a rich painting filled with texture and character, all achieved through maximising the impasto mixes by exploiting bristle brushes.

As can be seen in this workshop, quite apart from being one of the principal stages in a multi-layered traditional method, the Impasto stage can be used as a stand-alone technique in its own right and excitingly so.

We look forward to your company and as always, send you best wishes for your painting, from Eileen and myself.”

Paul Taggart
Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer
https://www.artworkshopwithpaul.com

MORE OIL BOX-SETS ….
‘[Series 5] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils5
‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils4
‘[Series 4] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques04
‘[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 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 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
‘Painting Equipment Focus for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoilequipment

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLOUR MIXING
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart – making WHITE work for You for Oils’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingwhite
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1 PLUS specfic sets on the primary colours and secondary colours.

PLUS various other oil painting 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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