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



LESSON 2 and work continues on preparing the textural underlayer that was started in LESSON 1 on which the pastel work is subsequently applied; the preparatory work for which was previously covered, as detailed below. Paul introduces you to the texture paste and brushes with which this textured underlayer is rendered and passes on a multitude of hints and tips for how to work with textured paste. Close-up shots allow you to see not only how Paul applies the texture, but also the resultant effect and how both the texture paste and brushes can be exploited and manipulated to their fullest to achieve myriad different textures. See this as an opportunity to experiment and discover for yourself how these tools could provide you with an invaluable source of creativity in your pastel work. As with all of Paul’s tutorials, he works on the basis of providing you with various techniques, with which you can move forward in your work, to develop unique styles and techniques of your own. Watch as Paul experiments himself with different approaches to ‘sculpt’ and mimic the textures that inspire him in the subject, which was deliberately chosen for its varied textural characteristics. You will see him stipple and scuff, drag and sgraffito, blot and smooth, using a bristle brush and a smooth brush, with directional brush-strokes and more. This is exciting stuff, imbuing the composition with energetic characteristics.

Having allowed the underlayer to dry completely you NOW MOVE ON TO CREATING THE DARK UNDERPAINTING – which is where the accents in the composition are established. You could work in watercolours, or acrylics for this layer. However, Paul now switches to SOFT PASTELS, which, once applied, are then strengthened and fixed to the surface through the use of acrylic medium.

For this dark underpainting he is also MAXIMISING COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS to create a vibrant contrast to the rather subdued colour palette that appears throughout this composition’s subject matter. Again, exciting and exhilarating stuff.

Again you will hear Paul encourage you to experiment with different approaches to this underpainting, both in terms of the method, the media, the technique and the colour choices.

LESSON 2 ENDS with the completed application of the dry soft pastels, in preparation of the next stage in rendering this dark underpainting.

TECHNIQUE – For the main composition you will be working with a three-stage system for creating physical texture. Physical texture may seem a little strange for pastels, which are generally simply applied to pastel paper or to a surface that has a ‘tooth’.

To explain this fully, Paul refers you to the study that was created for [Series 2], the view of an Italian village. In this you will see that all of the textures are created visually; they are ‘visual’ textures that rely solely on the texture of the ‘tooth’ of the surface on which the pastel painting is worked.

Imagine, if instead of simply relying on the tooth of the pastel paper, you could create and therefore control, the texture over which the pastel is laid. This would also allow you the opportunity to create a stronger base, one that would enable you to apply more layers of pastel – which, in turn, gives you the opportunity to exploit the richness of these pigments, much as you would when working in layers with the traditional technique of working from the darkest accents through to the super-highlights.

Furthermore, this controlled application would result in ‘structural’ texture, as opposed to merely ‘visual’ texture. For which I am using texture paste.

SUBJECT – we provide FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS available from Paul’s official account on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

PREPARATORY COMPOSITIONAL WORK – is covered in our box-set ‘Composition Matters’, in which you can follow the reference gathering, thumbnails, tonal drawing and transference to the painting surface – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/techscompositionmatters

MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…

‘Equipment Focus for Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques3
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels3

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Lesson 1 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’



In LESSON 1 you go straight into preparing the textured ‘underlayer’ on which the pastel work is subsequently applied; the preparatory work for which was previously covered, as detailed below. Artist & Author, Paul Taggart introduces you to the texture paste and brushes with which this textured underlayer is rendered and passes on a multitude of hints and tips for how to work with textured paste. Close-up shots allow you to see not only how Paul applies the texture, but also the resultant effect and how both the texture paste and brushes can be exploited and manipulated to their fullest to achieve myriad different textures. See this as an opportunity to experiment and discover for yourself how these tools could provide you with an invaluable source of creativity in your pastel work. As with all of Paul’s tutorials, he works on the basis of providing you with various techniques, with which you can move forward in your work, to develop unique styles and techniques of your own.

Watch as Paul experiments with different approaches to ‘sculpt’ and mimic the textures that inspire him in the subject, which was deliberately chosen for its varied textural characteristics. You will see him stipple and scuff, drag and sgraffto, blot and smooth, using a bristle brush and a smooth brush, with directional brush-strokes and more. This is exciting stuff, imbuing the composition with energetic characteristics.

This stage of working the underlayer continues in LESSON 2.

TECHNIQUE – For the main composition you will be working with a three-stage system for creating physical texture. Physical texture may seem a little strange for pastels, which are generally simply applied to pastel paper or to a surface that has a ‘tooth’.

To explain this fully, Paul refers you to the study that was created for [Series 2], the view of an Italian village. In this you will see that all of the textures are created visually; they are ‘visual’ textures that rely solely on the texture of the ‘tooth’ of the surface on which the pastel painting is worked.

Imagine, if instead of simply relying on the tooth of the pastel paper, you could create and therefore control, the texture over which the pastel is laid. This would also allow you the opportunity to create a stronger base, one that would enable you to apply more layers of pastel – which, in turn, gives you the opportunity to exploit the richness of these pigments, much as you would when working in layers with the traditional technique of working from the darkest accents through to the super-highlights.

Furthermore, this controlled application would result in ‘structural’ texture, as opposed to merely ‘visual’ texture. For which I am using texture paste.

SUBJECT – You can either work-along with Paul on the same subject, or use your own, it is entirely up to you – for which we provide FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS available from Paul’s official account on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

PREPARATORY COMPOSITIONAL WORK – is covered in our box-set ‘Composition Matters’, in which you can follow the reference gathering, thumbnails, tonal drawing and transference to the painting surface – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/techscompositionmatters

In the ten lessons in this box-set Paul takes you step-by-step from the first strokes of texture paste right through to the finishing highlights on this composition.

Everything you need to work-along with Paul and, as with all of his tutorials, each lesson is filmed in real-time and nothing is held back.

There is no editing-out, no speed-painting, no skipping stages.

Everything is shared with you, nothing is left out of either his demonstration, or running commentary.

Close-up shots not only allow you to see how the method of application affects the resultant texture, but also show the effect of blending and how pastel strokes can be worked like painting with a brush – which is why Paul always refer to using pastels as ‘pastel painting’.

MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…

‘Equipment Focus for Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques3
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels3

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‘Lesson 18 – [Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



In LESSON 18 Artist & Author Paul Taggart now moves on to Layer 2 for this final study, for which you will be bringing together everything learnt in the previous three versions. You will be working in the traditional oil painting process of painting from dark-to-light and using paint mixes in three distinct layers.

This is the Impasto layer, for which you can work a number of layers working through from dark values to lights; Paul is restricting himself to no more than three for the purposes of this study. Because the impasto Layer 2 needs to dry before applying glazes, this will speed up the process. Furthermore Paul is using underpainting white in his mixes, as this also speeds up drying time, although it doesn’t produce the most textured of impasto mixes; normally he would work with Titanium White (or for those who prefer, Flake White).

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

Normally, you would be working through the painting from the top of the surface down, in other words from the back of the composition to the front, to help you achieve aerial perspective and overlay elements as you work into the foreground. In this instance, Paul goes through this study in blocks, to ensure he passes on to you the thought process that goes into structuring the impasto layer to receive future glazes. First to get Paul’s attention is the sky and the clouds, followed by the lighthouse and the grassy covering of the peninsular on which it stands.

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)

In this series Paul sets out to demystify the whole experience of working with glazes; so that you can see glaze mixes in their raw form, how they look on the surface and how they interact with each other and underlying textures and colours. We’re trying something really different to do this, something we hope will take the apprehension out of this most beautiful of techniques; so why not let Paul gently guide you through the exciting ‘art of glazing’ – why not let this be THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY into the world of GLAZING and what a journey it will turn out to be.

As with all of Paul’s tutorials – this lesson is filmed in real-time – no editing, no speed-painting, no skipping stages. Everything is shared with you; nothing is left out of either Paul’s demonstration, or his running commentary.

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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Lesson 24 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



Once again, Artist & Author Paul Taggart purposefully goes 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)

Lesson 24 opens with Paul completing the last section of impasto to the cliff on the left of the composition – where he uses both brush and painting knife to achieve a variety of texture. The painting was set aside at this point to ensure that this impasto section is dry enough to continue with the final sections of glazes. NOTE : As Paul explains in this lesson, it is imperative to allow any impasto underpainting to dry before proceeding further.

Then it is on to the FINAL AREAS of GLAZING; started in this lesson and completed in Lesson 25. First to get Paul’s attention – the sandy beach that runs between the grassy foreshore and the middle distance rocky beach. This is about light and shade and aerial perspective, easily dealt with in glazes and tints.

Moving forward, glazes are now used to enrich and enliven the various characteristics and tonal values of the swathes of grass, working through from the darkest of accents through to the sun-kissed yellow-green blades of grass.

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

In this series Paul sets out to demystify the whole experience of working with glazes; so that you can see glaze mixes in their raw form, how they look on the surface and how they interact with each other and underlying textures and colours. We’re trying something really different to do this, something we hope will take the apprehension out of this most beautiful of techniques; so why not let Paul gently guide you through the exciting ‘art of glazing’ – why not let this be THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY into the world of GLAZING and what a journey it will turn out to be.

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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‘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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‘Lesson 1 – [Series 4] ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart



You might find it useful to watch the two Painting Topical Technique tutorials, so that you progressively work towards this study and the main composition that follows. Each Topical Technique is a comprehensive practice piece for you to work-along with; one of which uses masking fluid, the other using candle wax – both of which use the same subject, so that you can compare the effects of each ‘resist’.

You join Artist & Author Paul Taggart on LESSON 1 and the PREPARATORY STUDY of a pineapple in a ceramic dish; the purpose of which is to bring together the different characteristics of masking fluid and candle wax, not only to achieve texture, but also, to help control the nature of your colours in the three layers. For this Paul uses his ‘combination technique’ – which is covered in Series 3 of ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ltewatercolourseries3

As Paul is working with transparent watercolours, the layers are worked through from light-to-dark and this is where masking fluid comes into its own. In this first layer, it is used, not only as a mask resist, to protect those areas where the white of the paper is to serve as the ‘white’ of the painting, but additionally, to protect those areas which need to be subsequently rendered with pure colour mixes.

Having loosely drawn out the subject, the first mask is applied – as with all of Paul’s tutorials, you will find his running commentary packed full of important hints and tips for successfully using masking fluid. You may also find it useful to check out Painting Equipment Focus and other Painting Topical Techniques dedicated to the subject of working with masking fluid – simply use the Search facility within the Videos section, or click on the various links listed at the end of this description.

You will learn the influence of masking fluid on achieving texture, as well as in providing protection against subsequent layers of paint. You will learn how to exploit brush-strokes and different pressures on your brush when working with masking fluid – which is every bit as important as the importance placed on working with paint.

NOTE – once applied, it is crucial to allow the mask to dry thoroughly. It is also equally crucial not to leave the mask on for too long, as it could become difficult to remove and may damage your work. SO … work through the first layer of blocking in with light, wet-on-wet paint mixes as quickly as you can; allow the paint to dry and remove the masking fluid as soon as possible.

The final section of this lesson is where Paul explains in detail just what the role of the wax resist is going to be, before proceeding to apply it to the surface.

MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS ….
‘Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart [Series 1] – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1
‘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

TWO FURTHER ‘COMBINATION METHOD’ TUTORIALS ….
‘Out and About with Paul – Foulis Castle with Paul Taggart – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulwc1

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Lesson 21 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



Artist & Author Paul Taggart continues to move through the painting in sections, first working up the impasto layer, then, once that is dry, working over it with glazes. You have seen the top third of this painting being treated in this way, now you join Paul as he prepares to work up the impasto layer on the sea and the pebbled beach of the middle distance, as well as the slipway.

Having watched the process and heard Paul’s thought process in applying the impasto layer to receive subsequently applied glazes you are more informed on the influence that impasto has on forthcoming glazes. Moving on, Paul not only attends to the matter of light and shade, but also to the matter of aerial and linear perspective; which involves graduated mixes and varying colour temperatures.

Quite apart from working with directional and variable brush-strokes, Paul also takes the opportunity to show how tonking can be brought into play to effect structural texture and demonstrates another unusual technique, decalcomania.

The message here, being that to experiment with different methods of achieving texture can yield interesting and exciting results, which will be enhanced and enriched by subsequent glazes.

So, once again, Artist & Author Paul Taggart purposefully goes 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)

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

In this series Paul sets out to demystify the whole experience of working with glazes; so that you can see glaze mixes in their raw form, how they look on the surface and how they interact with each other and underlying textures and colours. We’re trying something really different to do this, something we hope will take the apprehension out of this most beautiful of techniques; so why not let Paul gently guide you through the exciting ‘art of glazing’ – why not let this be THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY into the world of GLAZING and what a journey it will turn out to be.

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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Lesson 4 – ‘[Series 4] ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart



You now join Artist & Author Paul Taggart on the main composition in this box-set in which Paul shows how to exploit resists – a wonderful technique to add to your painting repertoire, thereby extending your enjoyment of working with watercolours.

Lesson 4 opens with Paul reprising the composition for the landscape and how, on reflection, there are aspects of the previously completed thumbnails and tonal drawing that he wishes to address. In so doing he sets out to reinforce the importance of this preparatory work in determining the balance of a composition – this he does in full, so that you are not left wondering. The reference gathering, thumbnails and tonal drawing are already covered in our box-set ‘Composition Matters’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/techscompositionmatters

From there he transfers the composition to the stretched paper surface and again, this is explained in absolute detail throughout Paul’s running commentary; for as ever this lesson is filmed in real-time, with nothing edited out. You are watching-along with Paul as he works through every step; to enable you to work-along to his detailed demonstration and explanation.

Then work begins on the first layer, which is the first of the two wet-on-wet layers; which will be followed by the final wet-on-dry layer – Paul’s ‘combination technique’ which is covered in ‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ltewatercolourseries3

TO ENABLE YOU TO WORK-ALONG AT A PACE TO SUIT YOU this landscape painting is worked through in segments – whereas the normal process would be to work through the entire composition applying the first layer of masking fluid, followed by the first pass through with wet-on-wet watercolours, then the first work through with candle wax. The second layer of masking fluid being applied before working through with wet-on-wet. Finally the third layer, worked through with the Wet on Dry technique.

NOTE – it is important to remove the masking fluid as soon as possible; the process being to apply the masking fluid, then apply the first layer of wet-on-wet as soon as the mask has dried on the surface, then remove the masking fluid as soon as the wet-on-wet layer has dried.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON HOW TO HANDLE MASKING FLUID, care of your brushes when working with masking fluid, plus more invaluable hints and tips on the subject got to ‘Painting Equipment Focus for Watercolours with Paul Taggart’ and ‘Painting Topical Techniques for Watercolours with Paul Taggar [Series 2] – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourequip/103953505 and https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptwatercolourtechs02/122629437

Working in segments will allow you to take this process through in small stages. First to get Paul’s attention in this lesson is the sky and the furthest stone wall.

You can work-along with Paul on the same subjects, or choose one of your own – it is entirely up to you – for which we supply free-to-download reference photographs https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

TIP – you might find it useful to watch the two Painting Topical Technique tutorials, so that you progressively work towards this study and the main composition that follows. Each Topical Technique is a comprehensive practice piece for you to work-along with; one of which uses masking fluid, the other using candle wax – both of which use the same subject, so that you can compare the effects of each ‘resist’.

MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS ….
‘Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart [Series 1] – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1
‘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

TWO FURTHER ‘COMBINATION METHOD’ TUTORIALS ….
‘Out and About with Paul – Foulis Castle with Paul Taggart – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulwc1

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‘Lesson 13 – [Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’



You join Artist & Author Paul Taggart in the final stages of the second layer of impasto; working from the back to the front of this composition, you now have two sections to work on, the bottom left hand corner and the immediate foreground.

Although seemingly simple, the bottom left hand corner is all about thoroughly studying the elements that make up this section; for as you will hear Paul say, balancing these elements is essential in achieving a successful outcome for this painting.

Think of LESSON 13 as a stand-alone lesson in looking at your subject, evaluating the colours and values within the subject, understanding the depths of light and shade and shadows. You need to work out the reflected lights and sunlight, the structure of the overall shapes of individual elements, the varying textures and depths.

You will need to consider how to exploit your bristle brush, how to manipulate directional brush-strokes, how to handle your brush, how to apply different pressures on your brush when applying the paint.

Don’t view this merely as another section in this particular composition – by fully understanding the techniques and processes utilised by Paul to effectively portray this section you will be adding considerably to your ability to depict varying vegetation, which will stand you in good stead for all future paintings.

There are surprises along the way – watch what happens when Paul returns to the pathway, where ‘negative’ painting is used to considerable effect in suggesting the surface texture of its stony surface,

Look deep into the darkest recesses of the foremost area of ferns and there you will discover some interesting and unexpected colours. Miss this out and your work will suffer, for it is these darkest of colours which enrich an oil painting, acting as foils against which ever-lightening values will enliven the surface,

See for yourself the magic of surface colour mixing and how those underlying colours stimulate the viewer’s eye – which can only be fully comprehended through the use of close-up filming.

Patient, considered work such as in this lesson is the very essence of the traditional oil painting techniques which Paul exploits to their fullest.

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



Artist & Author Paul Taggart kicks off LESSON 5 by now introducing you to the stiffest/thickest glazing medium which he applies not only with a brush, but also with a painting/palette knife to render selective texture. Work continues on the landscape exercise in which Paul is using a Line & Wash technique to demonstrate the purity of glazes, which he refers to as working with glazes in their raw form. This allows you to concentrate on the nature of glazes, rather than become distracted by any underlying texture/surface.

As with Lesson 4, you will experience the nature of working with glazes in layers, you will see how surface colour mixing comes into play and in so doing will understand that glazes can be multi-layered. You will hear Paul time and again say how his own paintings feature many many layers of glazes, gradually and selectively worked onto previously laid impasto paint. This is how to subtly enrich your own paintings.

Having covered the entire composition with the first layers of glazes, Paul then returns to work up the composition with subtle changes and enhancements, using fluid glaze mixes – now you will see how to exploit varying colour temperatures and complementary ‘washes’ over already laid colours to lift and knock back underpainted glazes.

Nothing you hear Paul say or watch him demonstrate will be wasted, this is what sets traditional oil painting apart and everything you learn throughout Series 4 will enhance your enjoyment of painting in oils.

See this as an exercise and concentrate on the glazing mixes, the technique and the results; don’t think of this in terms of a ‘finished painting’.

In this version of the landscape Paul introduces you to various approaches, various glazing mediums and various techniques; so that you get a wider understanding of what is possible when working with glazing.

Lesson 5 is the third episode in the first set of four start-to-finish tutorials, in which the landscape subject matter is identical, so that you can properly assess and compare how glazing mixes interact with each other, how they do so with tonal underpainting, how they do so with underlying colours and texture – finishing off with the fourth tutorial set, in which you will be combining these various aspects.

In this Series 4, Artist & Author Paul Taggart has seriously stripped down glazing, so that you can see glaze mixes in their raw form, how they look on the surface and how they interact with each other and underlying textures and colours. We’re trying something really different to do this, something we hope will take the mystery out of this most beautiful of techniques.

So why not let Paul gently guide you through the exciting ‘art of glazing’ – why not let this be THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY into the world of GLAZING and what a journey it will turn out to be – see for yourself how the first SIMPLE GLAZES in this episode are mixed on the palette, applied to the surface and blended together. We promise you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED with this first step – it was exciting to film and careful close-up filming allows you to see precisely how those glazes work.

We supply free-to-downlad 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/

As with all of Paul’s tutorials – these are all filmed in real-time – no editing, no speed-painting, no skipping stages. Everything is shared with you; nothing is left out of either Paul’s demonstration, or Paul’s running commentary.

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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