How to Paint Reflective Objects Like Silver in Oil
Skill Level : 1 Beginner
Medium : Oil Painting
Subject : Still Life
Tutor : Nolan Clark
Class Length : 2 hours
Avg Rating :
Gold Level or Higher Class
In this online art class we will paint a silver pot surrounded by tomatoes.
During this still life painting lesson you will learn :
1) How to paint shiny or metalic surfaces so that they look like they have just been polished.
2) Painting items like silver and stainless steel will never be a problem again.
3) How to paint tomatoes
4) Why there is no such colour as silver - it is an invisible colour
5) and much more...
Note this class is part 1 of a six part series on painting still lifes. You can go to the other parts of the course here:
Part 1 - Introduction to Still Life Painting
Part 2 - Painting Shiny Metal (This class)
Part 3 - Painting Folds in Fabric
Part 4 - Painting White Objects
Part 5 & 6 - Painting a Classic Still Life
I had to do the class to beleive I could paint metal without metalic paint. As all the previous classes, the instructions are clear and detailed.
First, determine the basic shapes that will make up the composition. In this instance, you'd have an oval, a rectangle, and three circles. Start by roughing in the rectangle first, then add the oval, and finally circles. Now refine the details.
Mixing the colours
Lay out the colours you will need. Note that you will be mixing the three primary colors to create black.
Painting the pot
Begin at the top and block in the various colours in the oval area, adjusting the colour tones as work down from the rim. Then blend with vertical strokes and adjust the details around the rim.
Follow the same procedure as above for the body of the pot, carefully avoiding the tomato shapes. Once the basic colours are on the pot, move on to the tomato reflections. Note the technique Nolan uses to dull them. Adjust the paint on the pot and rims (bottom and top).
Painting the tomatoes
Block in the colour tones of the tomatoes. Blend. Add highlights and shadows.
Painting the background
Prepare a mixture for the dark background and add a bit of medium so it will flow smoothly over the large area.
Apply the paint to the background, adjusting the tone as you move down the canvas.
Prepare a light background mix for the bottom of the painting and apply it fairly uniformly. (In a future lesson, you will learn how to paint the folds in the fabric.) Add in the shadows.
Go back over your painting to touch up any areas that need attention Don't be afraid to use your finger to blend in spots where a brush just isn't enough. It's okay to use your fingers, really!
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