Painting Demonstration 1
I begin with a light wash of nickel azo yellow everywhere I want a golden underglow. I keep this wash very loose, with plenty of white paper left.
Painting Demonstration 2
By adding a strong mid dark like pthalo blue near the beginning, I don't get too heavy handed with my midtones.
I want everything in the path directing the viewer's eyes into the distant fountain. So some strong lines pointing that way are exactly what I need!
Painting Demonstration 3
The combination of cobalt violet and nickel azo yellow is always lovely. That warm color will glow through the next layer, setting the mood for the painting.
This is a good time to add some texture with wax resist!
Artist's TipsBright colors always dry much lighter and duller. Don't be afraid to paint a vibrant first wash!
Painting Demonstration 4
Now that the painting has dried a little, start adding texture over that golden glow with dry brush. I build up the green cypresses and shrubs in several layers. Too much at once would dull the vibrant greens.
Painting Demonstration 5
I begin painting the statues by pulling in colors from their surroundings. After all, they are white marble, or near it, so most color on them is reflected.
Don't be afraid to use strong darks for the trees. You want texture at the edges, just subtle hints in the body of the greenery.
Painting Demonstration 6
The distant cypresses are very blued against the golden ligh from the background. Keep the edges very soft, blurring into each other.
Painting Demonstration 7
A few hints of detail are all you need to direct your viewer's eyes down this lovely path. Too much detail and it's out of place. Too little and there is no destination.
Also, keep the detail down for the statues, great as they are. You want to blur their lines in and out of focus.
This is a simple painting of a lovely scene in Florence, Italy. The real keys to this painting are layers of texture and the golden and violet underpainting.
This is definitely a painting that needs to be done on cold press paper. The subtle color would be lost on rough press paper and hot press would not have that wonderful texture.