LESSON 17 – now you have reached the final lesson in your journey on this painting, in which Artist & Author Paul Taggart is working with ‘impasto’ – the sole technique used to depict this highly textured scene. You will have come to appreciate how this technique can be used in its own right, not only as a painting method, but, just as importantly and the point of this series; you will now be able to fully exploit the impasto stage in the traditional method of working in layers from thin mixes to thick impasto mixes to glazes and tints.
The purpose of this series is to break down the three principal layers of this traditional method – we have already covered working with ‘thinned’ mixes in ‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart [Series 2] – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils2 and in [Series 4] will be covering ‘glazing’ and ‘tinting’.
Working in exactly the same manner as you have in previous lessons covering this final stage, you will work through to selective super-highlights; taking care to keep this final section balanced in line with the rest of the composition.
First to get Paul’s attention is the garden in front of the stone building, then the stone wall in the garden and finally the foreground grasses.
Again you may have felt that these had been completed in the previous stage, but wait until you see how these final graduated mixes of colour affect these areas and bring them to life.
The entire painting is now richer and every element in it comes alive with texture, structure, volume and form. It has body and character.
All of which can only be achieved with impasto, all of which can be used as a stand-alone technique.
But just imagine these impasto layers enriched even further with subtle glazes and tints.
Imagine the results were you to work with even more graduated layers of colour, interwoven with glazes and tints.
As always, this lesson is filmed in real-time so that you can truly work-along with Paul, so that you don’t miss any of his techniques, hints and tips, or any of his colour mixes created from his nucleus six-colour palette. Listen carefully to Paul’s running commentary for those topical tips that only come from years of experience as a professional fine artist whose passion for his craft is something that he loves to share.
The subject for this composition was chosen for its wealth of varying textures; perfect for a painting in which Paul sets out to demonstrate the role of the impasto layer in the traditional method of working with oils – the rocky outcrop, the trees and undulating land (covered in bracken, grass and so on), the sheep, the stone building in the foreground and the whitewashed building in the background, the cinder path. It is also filled with varying perspectives and vanishing points that draw the viewer’s eye. Contrasting light and shade play a strong part in creating dynamism. Here you have everything with which to practice the art of working with bristle brushes.
MORE TECHNIQUES in ‘[Series 3] Painting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechs03
‘[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
‘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.