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‘Lesson 6 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’



As always FILMED IN REAL-TIME, so that you can see every stroke, every colour mix, every blend, every aspect of the method being used – you will miss nothing, you will be privy to everything that Artist & Author Paul Taggart carries out – seeing his every action, all accompanied by his detailed running commentary.

WORK CONTINUES ON THE MAIN COMPOSITION – a painting within a painting – a landscape within a still-life – which follows lesson by lesson until the final touches.

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.

LESSON 6 and work continues on one specific area – not as you would come to expect, working from the top of the painting down to the bottom (usually the distant background to the foreground); but, uniquely in this case, from the true distance in this painting, which is the exterior view of the tree and forest, framed within the interior view.

Having ended the last lesson with the first layers being applied to the tree and distant forest/bushes and shrubs; you now continue work on this ‘landscape’ element of the composition.

First to get worked on is that all-important sky, in which ‘negative’ painting comes into its own – watch as Paul “nibbles” into the tree, thus giving the sky a more interesting shape as well as revealing a more dynamic silhouette.

Then Paul turns to the focal point of this landscape, the structural tree – firstly working on the leaf platforms; using graduated colour mixes to work through to the ‘blue’ reflected lights and ‘yellow’ sunlit patches. Although he does hold back on going as far as highlights and super-highlights; after all, this is a distant landscape framed by the window and foreground still-life and as such is subject to aerial perspective.

The branches and trunk are worked up in the same manner, finished off with delicate slices of golden light from the setting sun.

Finally, the first laying down of lights and darks to effect the undulating surface of the grazed field.

You will discover that scuffs and dry paint strokes provide useful techniques for effecting visual texture throughout this area. You will comme to appreciate how varying brush-strokes and directional brush-strokes can be exploited, using one round brush, to depict slabs of colour, ticks of colour, slices of colour, the thinnest of strokes – no need for a raft of different brushes, when a single round brush can offer such versatility.

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.

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‘Lesson 15 – [Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



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’.

LESSON 15 and you join Artist & Author Paul Taggart for the finishing layer and working from the back to the front of the composition, you will return to the top of the painting.

Gently does it in Lesson 15, as you seek to balance the painting for the final time. This is where the magic happens. Now you will be adding the ‘sunny’ touches and re-inforcing reflected lights; you will be adding those splashes of subtle colour that bring the painting to life.

You will be working through yellow and blue lights to the final bright, pure-white highlights, those deep lights that reflect the ambient light – this is what makes working with oil paints such an enriching experience.

In this lesson you will also come to appreciate how colours affect each other. Watch as Paul now scuffs in the purple heather – faint in the distant landscape, yet the effect of purple against the greens and yellows does so much to add depth and character to the background rocky hills and steep inclines.

Then it’s onto the trees that surround the distant cottage, where Paul wishes to introduce more contrast, to again develop greater depth and character. Watch as he brings the dark undergrowth into view, where trunks and branches intertwine and catch flecks of light.

And finally, you may feel that the grassy areas were successfully achieved up to now; but watch what happens as Paul introduces those warm oranges and yellows throughout, exploiting directional brush-strokes as he goes to define those grasses that stand tall and erect from those that are flattened out.

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.
SEE ALSO….

‘[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.

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‘Lesson 17 – [Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



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
SEE ALSO….

‘[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.

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‘Lesson 5 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’



As always FILMED IN REAL-TIME, so that you can see every stroke, every colour mix, every blend, every aspect of the method being used – you will miss nothing, you will be privy to everything that Artist & Author Paul Taggart carries out – seeing his every action, all accompanied by his detailed running commentary.

WORK CONTINUES ON THE MAIN COMPOSITION – which follows lesson by lesson until the final touches.

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.

In LESSON 5 you now start to establish the darker accents on which you will build forthcoming lights and highlights; as you work from light-to-dark-to-light in layers.

Now is the time to re-draw the vital elements in this composition – but as Paul stresses, this is not about being proficient in drawing; it is about being fluid and loose as you seek to re-establish these elements. Watch at how those ‘straight’ lines are executed by Paul in a suggestive manner, rather than in a rigid fashion.

Having satisfied himself on his redrawing, Paul then turns his attention to those dark colour mixes that are essential in preparing the way for those lights and highlights to work effectively – for as he constantly re-iterates, for the lights to work you first of all need the darks against which they can shine.

Firstly Paul determines the principal light and shaded areas; then he turns to specific areas for development – not as you would come to expect, working from the top of the painting down to the bottom (usually the distant background to the foreground); but, uniquely in this case, from the true distance in this painting, which is the exterior view of the tree and forest, framed within the interior view.

A painting within a painting – a landscape within a still-life.

Thus this lesson ends with the first layers being applied to the tree and distant forest/bushes and shrubs. You get the first hints of the deepest recesses, the darkest of darks; then the first hints of reflected ‘blue’ lights and sunlit ‘yellow’ lights.

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.

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Mixing Specific Colours for Watercolours – ‘Learn To Enjoy Colour Mixing’ with Paul Taggart



THIS TUTORIAL IS AN INVALUABLE COMPANION to the wet-on-dry watercolour painting demonstrated here in this ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours Series 1’ boxed-set.

Paul Taggart shows how from A CORE PALETTE OF SIX COLOURS, a limitless array of colour mixes can be achieved through EXPLOITING PRIMARY, SECONDARY, AND COMPLEMENTARY COLOUR MIXING.

In this ‘Learn To Enjoy Colour Mixing’ lesson you are guided clearly and simply through achieving three different Specific Colour Mixes – taking three different areas of the scene that is produced in ‘Learn To Enjoy Painting in Watercolours Series 1’.

Having reprised the basic colour circle, Paul turns his attention to the three ways in which a colour is influenced – the intensity/chroma; the hue and lastly, the value. Using simplified diagrams and examples, he explains the various aspects of colour mixing in detail.

Moving to his watercolour palette Paul proceeds to MIX THE FIRST OF THE THREE COLOURS – a ‘COOL’ MIX of dull blue, seen in the sky; but not before he has helped you to identify the ‘hue’ on this occasion – which is a blue-green. The first mix is painted as a square onto his watercolour paper – this being the ‘control’ mix.

Once the ‘hue’ is established, you are helped to identify the ‘value’ of the colour mix and once again this is painted as a square – through this process of painting one square after another in a line downwards, you will easily see how the colour mix moves through its various transitions; until the desired result is achieved.

Thirdly Paul attends to the ‘intensity/chroma’ – which is affected by the complementary colour added to the mix.

An interesting exercise in how ‘local’ colours influence any colour that is laid next to them will leave you with a greater understanding of how to approach colour mixing.

THE SECOND MIX that Paul demonstrates is a WARM COLOUR seen on the beach. Again he follows the same process as before, then moves on to the THIRD MIX – a DARK GREEN.

AS USUAL, THIS TUTORIAL IS PACKED FULL OF HANDY HINTS and TIPS and Paul’s enthusiasm for ‘colour mixing’ being part of the painting process shines through; for he believes that creating your own colour mixes enhances your experience of painting and teaches you to really look at your subject.

ALTHOUGH DEMONSTRATED USING WATERCOLOUR PAINTS, THE TECHNIQUES SHOWN WORK ACROSS ALL WET MEDIA – oils, watercolours, acrylics, gouache and so on – the difference being that for opaque media such as oils, white is used in the mixes, for transparent media such as watercolours, water is used in the mixes.

“Every artist develops their own palette of preferred colours, but to arrive at this selection requires knowledge of not only the available colours, but how colours work with each other to produce successful mixes. Colour Mixing is every bit as important in making a composition work as thumbnails and perspective. With colour control you can communicate with your viewer, tell a story or evoke a mood – hence the phrase ‘to paint a picture’. You would not be alone in thinking that colour mixing is a daunting prospect, every artist has been through this at some point – even professional artists such as myself. I guarantee however that it needn’t be so – for colour mixing is actually about some basic and simple principles.”

YOU WILL DEFINITELY FIND YOURSELF WANTING TO WORK ALONG WITH PAUL as he helps you discover the delight in achieving ninety-five percent of the colours you will ever need from A CORE PALETTE OF SIX COLOURS.

MORE USEFUL TUTORIALS including the COMPANION ‘Topical Techniques for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ box-sets

‘Painting Equipment Focus for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourequip
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulwc1
‘[Series 1] Panting Topical Techniques for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourtechs01
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulwc2
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourtechs02
‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulwc3
‘[Series 3] Panting Topical Techniques for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourtechs03
‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulwc4

‘[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 – simply use the Search button on the VOD page within artworkshopwithpaul – type in Watercolours and all will be revealed.

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Lesson 4 [Series 2] – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



THIS LESSON IS ALL ABOUT THE FIGURES YOU INTEND TO FEATURE IN YOUR WORK-ALONG PAINTING – whether or not you are working from the same photographs as Paul Taggart; whether or not you are including figures in your composition – THIS LESSON WILL PROVE INVALUABLE AS A STAND-ALONE TUTORIAL ON TWO ASPECTS.

[1] How to correctly guage the positioning, heights and perspective of your figures.
[2] How to correctly portray whether the composition is viewed from a ‘level’ perspective, a ‘downhill’ perpective or an ‘uphill’ perspective.

The street scene on which this start-to-finish, step-by-step tutorial series is based; portrays a scene in which the street is not only going downhill, but is also veering off at an angle.

Thus the figures in it are ‘diminishing’ in scale in two ways – for they are not only appearing at different distances along the street, but they are also going downhill – in exactly the same manner as the buildings and other elements of the composition.

Having covered the perspective of the buildings within Lesson 2, Paul now gently explains in an easy-to-follow manner how perspective affects figures in a composition.

ONCE YOU HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE PRINCIPLES EXPLAINED IN THIS LESSON you will have GREATER UNDERSTANDING and CAN BE MORE CONFIDENT of including figures.

BUT AS PREVIOUSLY STATED BY PAUL – do not let this become an obsession; this guide is not intended for you to slavishly follow – it is intended to provide you with the basis on which you can proceed. For, as you will see in the DRAWING OUT OF THE FIGURES THAT FOLLOWS in this lesson, Paul uses this method as his guiding principle, not as his ‘controlling’ principle.

In other words, do not let these principles control you, the artist – remember, you are in control of your own painting and what you choose to exploit to develop your method and unique style is what matters.

The lesson ends with Paul having chosen which figures will feature in his painting and having placed them just as he wants at this point in his painting process.

SPEND TIME PRACTISING THESE PRINCIPLES, SPEND TIME SKETECHING IN VARIOUS FIGURES IN SKETCHY EXERCISES – in this way you will have more confidence in getting to the same point as Paul and will be looking forward to the next stage of this composition.

AS WITH ALL OF Paul Taggart’s TUTORIALS – THIS LESSON IS PACKED FULL OF INFORMATION, HINTS and TIPS – for as those who already follow Paul know, he does not hold anything back and shares everything with you. Even when he changes his mind, or an unexpected result occurs, you are shown these and how to deal with changes, corrections and rescues.

Paul’s passion for his ‘craft’ comes through in everything he does and in everything he shares; just as it has always done over the past forty-plus years of his life as a Professional Fine Artist.

MORE DETAILED & INFORMATIVE Oil Painting with Paul Taggart tutorials

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

PLUS 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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Lesson 8 [Series 2] – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting’ in Oils with Paul Taggart’



Once again the painting was left to dry after the prevous stage had been completed and now Artist & Author Paul Taggart work up the second layer on the main figures in the forefront of this Italian street scene.

THIS EPISODE IS AN OBJECT LESSON IN LEARNING HOW TO CONQUER ANY FEARS ABOUT INCLUDING FIGURES in a composition. For as Paul explains, this particular subject would not be anywhere near as interesting without the presence of figures.

You will hear Paul’s reassuring voice as he tells you time and again not to think of these as figures, but as shapes in the composition; no different to the buildings and other elements.

He also reassures you time and again that making alterations and adjustments as you go along is what painting is all about – it is not about getting everything correctly ‘drawn’ or ‘placed’ at the very outset.

MAGIC MOMENTS ABOUND IN THIS LESSON as you will discover when you follow along with Paul as he gradually works through three distinct layers on each of the two figures. Each of which has a a base layer of the darkest of darks applied, then those middling lights and reflected lights, before applying the sunlit highlights.

Although Paul is using slightly smaller brushes for these figures at this stage, they are still much larger than you might expect – so that once again he is prevented from over-fussing.

You will be surprised at how clumsy the brush-strokes appear to be in CLOSE-UP FILMING, yet when the camera is pulled back to reveal the figures in situ, all their features, clothing, accessories and stance ARE BROUGHT TO LIFE – not through laboriously detailed painting, but by keeping brush-strokes suggestive.

YOU WILL LEARN about light and shade, about sunlit areas and reflected light, about directional brush-strokes and exploiting blending and losing edges to mould the shapes of body and fabric.

As with all of Paul’s tutorials, this is filmed in real-time throughout – so you get to watch all of Paul’s actions at his easel – nothing is held back. YOU WILL SEE EVERY brush-stroke, every colour mix, every paint mix on the surface and into every nook and cranny of this section of the painting.

MORE DETAILED & INFORMATIVE Oil Painting with Paul Taggart tutorials

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

PLUS 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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Lesson 11 [Series 2] – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting’ in Oils with Paul Taggart’



LESSON 11- A TRULY REVEALING and ILLUMINATING EPISODE in which you will come to recognise how light impacts on everything. You join Artist & Author Paul Taggart as he continues to work on the dark accents required on the left hand side of the street; going through the same process, as that used in Lesson 10 for establishing the dark accents on the ‘sunny’ side of the street. Here however, you will be working with reflected lights and highlights and some unusual light qualities (which are explained in detail in the reprise at the start of Lesson 10).

Although this can be worked on a wet surface; it is made easier by working on a dry surface and having been left for over a week, Paul’s demonstration painting is thoroughly dry.

THIS IS THE SECOND LAYER OF THE BUILDINGS – which requires the dark accents, in anticipation of forthcoming lights and highlights

It is at this stage that this particular painting is truly coming in its own – it is becoming exciting as it fills with light; but without establishing the darks in the first place this would not happen.

One again, suggestive strokes and scuffs are the key to working through all ‘architectural’ features on the buildings running down the left hand side of the street.

THEN IT IS ON TO INTRODUCING THOSE SLABS OF ‘SCINTILLATING’ LIGHT that drench the right hand side of the street. Here you will hear Paul say that although this painting may appear finished the real excitement is still to come – so bear with him and you will come to understand how this layering process comes into its own, building from dark to light.

You will also hear Paul say that you are not painting architectural buildings – you are painting light – in this way you will come to understand the value of contrasting light against darks and darks against light, the value of graduated colour mixes within the lights, the value of ‘negatively’ painting shadows through introducing light – all of which contribute to establishing volume and depth, aerial perspective and so much more.

This lesson concludes with the first layer of light introduced throughout the right hand side of the street. Now the painting is left to dry and in Lesson 12 you will work on the left hand side of the street, where you will be dealing with ‘reflected’ lights – the paved area and the figures still require some work; then it will be the pleasurable task of capturing those highlights and super-highlights.

THE PURPOSE OF THE METHOD USED IN THIS SERIES is to ‘deconstruct’ the traditional oil painting layering technique used by Artist & Author Paul Taggart, to introduce you to the nature of each of the principal stages and to do so by following each as a ‘painting’ method in its own right.

Series 1 of ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ shows all of the various techniques in ‘combination’ in a subject that is purely fictitious, in order to allow you to concentrate on an introduction to the techniques and to use the series as a practice piece.

Throughout Series 2 Paul takes you through a dedicated painting in which the nature of the ‘thinned’ layer is brought into play as the stand-alone painting method. In this way you will get to understand how to handle the paint mixes, how to handle the brush, how to apply the paint to the surface and so on.

Series 3 will concentrate on the ‘impasto’ layer and you get the chance to understand the function and nature of that technique, as a stand-alone painting method.

MORE DETAILED & INFORMATIVE Oil Painting with Paul Taggart tutorials

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

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‘Lesson 12 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Acrylics with Paul Taggart’



Although you may feel that the end of this painting is coming into sight, there are some subtle, yet oh-so-important additions which will lift this to another level and you will find yourself holding your breath as Artist & Author Paul Taggart goes about these. The work done at this juncture is crucial – check for yourself how the painting changes from the beginning of this lesson to the end.

As ever, filmed in real-time so that you don’t miss out on anything, you will be able to work along with Paul at your own pace and along the way will pick up a raft of techniques and invaluable advice and information through being able to watch every brush-stroke, whilst having everything explained by Paul through his running commentary.

Firstly, Paul’s attention is firstly focussed on the window shelf; which is yet to be given that slab of light. In preparation for that, he wants to enrich and enliven the entire surface further, by exploiting colour temperatures and surface mixing. The former, to emphasise the influence of the different sources of light, which vary from the reflected lights of the exterior, to the yellow light thrown by the table lamp; this will in effect strengthen the interplay between lights and darks and shadows. Scuffs and wet-on-dry painting introduce visual texture to the overall surface of the window shelf, giving it added character.

There are two distinct views in this composition, the exterior view and the interior; one being seen through the other and to sustain the overall balance Paul now turns to tints to make the exterior view recede even further and to knock back the middle ground view of the verandah.

This is where you might catch your breath, for the tint that Paul applies may appear way too bright and intrusive; but the reason for this becomes evident soon enough. Watch as he pulls the tint away from the sharpest edges, blending it into the background. Note how in doing this it has the effect of throwing forward the interior view, particularly the table lamp, which now appears to ‘stand’ on the window shelf. This is how to exploit tinting to negatively create volume and form.

Then it is on to the left hand side of the window frame, which is now strengthened with the addition of richer and lighter colour mixes, to emphasise the light thrown by the table lamp.

Finally, to ensure that all lights and shadows are balanced, Paul turns his attention back to the lamp shade, which needs lifting to bring it in line with the enriched window frame and window shelf. This section alone is an object lesson in how to successfully achieve an area of graduated and changing colour, finished off with a central core of the lightest of lights.

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.

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Lesson 7 [Series 2] – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting’ in Oils with Paul Taggart’



Having left the painting to dry, Artist & Author Paul Taggart now moves down to the paved ground of the street and those objects standing on it – the figures and potted plants.

THIS EPISODE IS AN OBJECT LESSON IN LEARNING HOW GRADUATED COLOUR MIXES ARE ESSENTIAL IN ACHIEVING AERIAL PERSPECTIVE – YOU WILL LEARN HOW to not only determine the required mixes, but how to assess their value against those areas that have already been painted. You will also learn the value of blending in order to effectively merge shadows into sunlit areas.

As with Lesson 6, think of this stage as one where you are establishing the basic building blocks of light and shade and aerial perspective, which will ultimately help you ‘construct’ a three-dimensional composition and again, get it right at this stage and you cannot go far wrong as you continue to work up the ground and figures within this composition.

FIRSTLY Paul turns to the figures which he now blocks in as silhouetted forms; for as he explains these figures block the light and require the foundation of dark colours on which light will ultimately be built. He takes this opportunity to refine and remodel certain aspects of some of the figures – minute changes, but essential in Paul’s mind’s eye for what he is ultimately seeking to achieve.

Then it is on to the potted plants – although seemingly insignificant these are actually very useful in establishing a rhythm within the composition and they too are subject to aerial perspective and vanishing points as they follow the curve and downhill aspect of the street.

THE SHADOW SIDE OF THE STREET IS NEXT TO BE GIVEN IT’S FIRST STRUCTURAL LAYER – applying a graduated dark mix, over which is applied a second colour, applied with directional and ever-decreasing strokes to introduce texture, form and the required distance and downhill motion.

THE SAME PROCEDURE IS THEN APPLIED TO THE SUNLIT SIDE OF THE STREET.

NEGATIVE PAINTING comes into play in this lesson and forcefully so, as it is used to model the principal figures, those which were chosen for their impact on the composition.

USING LARGE BRUSHES at this stage helps to keep those brush-strokes loose and suggestive – so follow Paul’s lead and resist the urge to go down to smaller ones. See for yourself how much can be achieved with a brush that may seem unwieldy, but when fully exploited can prove to be much more exciting.

NOW THIS FIRST STAGE HAS BEEN COMPLETED you will get a much more balanced view of your composition, the light and shade, that wonderful surface colour mixing, those brushy strokes of paint.

As with all of Paul’s tutorials, this is filmed in real-time throughout – so you get to watch all of Paul’s actions at his easel – nothing is held back. YOU WILL SEE EVERY brush-stroke, every colour mix, every paint mix on the surface and into every nook and cranny of this section of the painting.

MORE DETAILED & INFORMATIVE Oil Painting with Paul Taggart tutorials

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

PLUS 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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