NOW EVERYTHING THAT YOU WORKED ON IN Lessons 1,2,& 3 COME INTO PLAY as work continues on the first of the glass objects that sit on the window shelf.
Artist & Author Paul Taggart opens this lesson by revealing that certain aspects of some of this group of objects and the table lamp need redrawing – although this is the result of painting from one side, as required for the filming of these tutorials; rather than correct these off-camera, Paul is using this as an ideal opportunity to show how to make corrections and changes within a painting that is at an advanced stage.
As such, he proceeds to detail where they have gone wrong, how they can be corrected and even more importantly, sets out some guidng principles for dealing with symmetrical objects such as these.
In essence therefore, the first part of this lesson is a Problem Solver and an invaluable one in giving you the confidence to deal with corrections.
Having worked these through Paul can now move on to the first of the glass objects – the large deep magenta coloured bowl.
Having followed Lessons 1,2,&3 you will now appreciate the importance of working gradually through layers from dark to light. You will have learnt about the influence of surrounding objects in the reflected and sunlit lights on a glass object and how this particular composition is affected by three principal light sources – natural light of the late afternoon sun (affecting both the exterior and interior elements), lamplight emanating from the table lamp and light from the interior of the building. All elements are affected not only by warm light from these sources, but by also by reflected light.
Close-up filming reveals the quality and role of directional strokes, as Paul sculpts the forms of this subtle object which, being a craft piece is made up of varying depths of glass.
Colour mixing and understanding colour values is crucial in effectively rendering this bowl – for although the object itself is made from a single colour by the glass artist, this colour changes when placed in any setting. Here the ‘deep magenta’ colour appears as it’s local colour in some areas, whilst in others it appears more orange in nature.
It is critical therefore to study the object in its surroundings – if you are working from Paul’s photographs, then look closely and analyse the colours you see there.
Firstly you need to lay down the local colour, which is the largest body of colour, in other words the base colour.
Working both wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry is helpful here – the former allows you to meld layers of colour together and helps you achieve those softer qualities that create volume and form; the latter comes in handy when working on sharper aspects, such as those sparkling highlights.
As always, this lesson is filmed in real-time, so you get to benefit from every colour mix, brush-stroke and blend; all accompanied by Paul’s running commentary in which he details his actions, the reasoning behind those actions, the consequences of his actions and much much more besides.
Close-up shots set out to share with you the nature of Paul’s brush work, how the paint appears when applied to the surface, how colours mix visually with underlying colours, how every action affects the end result.
As with all of Paul’s tutorials, this is packed full of information, hints, tips, techniques, method – nothing is held back, for Paul believes in sharing his knowledge gained over more than forty years as a professional fine artist.
SUBJECT – you can either follow along using the same reference photographs as Paul, or you are welcome to decide on your own ‘View Through My Window’ – the decision is entirely up to you.
MORE DETAILED & INFORMATIVE Acrylic Painting with Paul Taggart tutorials
‘Painting Equipment Focus for Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptacrylicsequipment
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulacryl
‘[Series 1] Painting Topical Techniques for Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptacrylictechniques
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginacrylics2
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/acrylictechniques02
‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginacrylics3
‘[Series 3] Panting Topical Techniques for Acrylics with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/acrylictechniques3
PLUS various other WORKSHOPS, Out and About with Paul box-sets, Portraits and Figures – simply use the Search button on Paul Taggart’s On Demand page within Paul Taggart’s official Vimeo account – type in Acrylics and all will be revealed.