Thursday, 29 May 2014

Light fantastic - bring drama to your paintings with the help of Christine Russell


As featured in The Leisure Painter magazine, July 2014

Our painting tutor Christine Russell demonstrates how to bring more contrast and drama to your paintings through the use of colour and tone in a practical step by step exotic-themed painting in pastels.

Christine's painting is set in the late afternoon light coming from the top left, just behind the row of trees, with the artist looking directly into the sun.  The trees filter the sunlight and the figure, trees and coconut stall are effectively silhouetted.  Lengthened shadows are projected diagonally in front of the scene.

Step 1
Christine makes a simple outline drawing with a magenta pastel pencil.

Step 1


Step 2
Working broadly and lightly with the pastel on its side Christine blocks in the sky, sea and some of the foreground working around the tree trunks, stall and figure.  She uses separate strokes of pale cream and cerulean for the sky, cerulean for the sea and warmer shades of peach for the foreground.

Step 2


Step 3
Working on the tree canopy Christine uses a very dark indigo and Prussian blue pastel overlaid with strokes of mid-tone green.  Working from dark to light to produce a three dimensional quality.  She uses indigo and dark brown to establish the remaining dark areas.

Step 3


Step 4
Further touches are added of lighter foliage and pale brown on the tree trunks; pale orange for patches of soft dappled light; warm blue for the figure's shirt; deep burnt orange for the shadow areas of the coconuts, topped with bright yellow-orange.

Step 4


Step 5
Christine added more dark blue, green and bright yellow green to develop the foliage; violet for foreground dappled shadows and occasional dabs of green contrasting with pale cream and peach for the dappling.  Finishing touches included developing the foliage on the right, inserting sky colour,  darkening the figure's shirt, adding some pale sky colour into the sea and some violet and cream to the hut roof to enhance the dappled light effect.


Finished painting


Christine will be leading painting holidays with us to Puglia on 27 September 2014, Sri Lanka on 6 December 2014. We have spaces left on all of these holidays at present (only one room remains on the Puglia holiday).

We are planning more holidays with Christine next year to Madeira on 9th March 2015.
For more information, or to book, call us on 01453 823328, or visit:

http://www.authenticadventures.co.uk/painting-holidays/italy/puglia.aspx

http://www.authenticadventures.co.uk/painting-holidays/sri-lanka/galle.aspx

http://www.authenticadventures.co.uk/painting-holidays/portugal/madeira.aspx