Category Archives: Painting Techniques

COLOR WHEEL & COLOR AS TONE

A very useful perception to add to your mental toolkit for painting is the ability to see COLOR AS TONE’.  (‘Tone” can also be called tonal value, value, light-dark on gray scale) . The ‘lights’,  or light tones, create piccolo sparkle, ‘mids’ create violin richness/sublety, ‘darks’ create tuba gravitas.  Deduct the lights and you have somber/moody. Deduct the… Read More »

ERASER-ISM WATERCOLOR USING CREDIT CARD FRAGMENTS

This is a beautiful, cool piece by Painter, Dianne Longson, watercolor 18 x 20. So ! – Eraser-ism is also possible with watercolor.  The trick is to paint diluted gum arabic on the paper first. This seals the paper and will allow scrape-outs using credit card fragments. I prefer scraping erasers with acrylic, credit cards with watercolor.  Wear… Read More »

Stream Falls Forest Floor- DAY 4 & 5, VID 1 OF 4, SSWR JULY 21, 28 2016

I have painted streams in watercolor and acrylic a number of times. These are demos and, as such, kinda quick and dirty (or so I tell myself 🙂  But the principles are interesting: the stream makes the terrain, which in turn makes the stream, etc. – a yin-yang.  Reflective water needs 1-the ‘right-side-up world’;  2-the… Read More »

WAVE IN WATERCOLOR – DAY 4 & 5, 2 VIDEOS, SSWR JULY 21, 28 2016

Here are 2 videos on painting a wave in watercolor. Following the videos are some still pics of the final demo. The point of incorporating shore rocks is to play up transparency of water. There is a bit of yin-yang in the fact that waves create the shore, but shore creates the waves. The last… Read More »

Sailboats In Watercolor Using Rubber Masking 1 0f 5 WRSS Club {Jul 14 2016}

This was a demo-lesson in basic watercolor done late at night when I was a little tired!  But, it uses some interesting techniques. First, I show it as a ‘paint-around’, then as a ‘liquid rubber-resist method’. (I used ‘Pebeo’ brand but there are many others). Then I used FW Acrylic Ink for the ‘whites’ to… Read More »

Some Important Concepts for Watercolor

Some Important Concepts for Watercolor     Tony O’Regan          toregan@ecuad.ca             Video Website:   www.toregan.com   These are a few of the principles to become aware of and to master in watercolor. They exist in all painting mediums. They are somewhat special in watercolor, partly because of its ‘transparent’ nature. It is necessary to plan the execution – a… Read More »

TONAL PAINTING PROCESS – EXPLANATION & STEP-BY-STEPS (July 7 2016)

Can you see that I used the exact same process for all these pictures? No Kidding: Identify the LIGHTS, all else becomes MID-TONE, add DARKS, finally, add DETAIL. Read on below the pictures – and read the ‘Step-by Step Post’ re each picture – Blossoms, Apple, Sailboat, Girl  🙂 I am putting up individual posts that… Read More »

FOREST-STREAM-FALLS ACRYLIC INTRO – SHADBOLT (TAS Jun 8, 2016)

This workshop demonstration was about painting a stream in a forest. I like this as a ‘genre’. Water forms the stream bed which forms the water. Pos-Neg, Yin-Yang, Male-Female, etc…Very B.C.  By the way,  the rocks were scrape-outs with eraser. Great fun!!!  Doing a blue under-painting allows changes to composition to be made easily without having… Read More »

‘Eraser -ism’ Rocky Cliff Cove ACRYLIC 1 OF 4 Underpainting And Eraser Rocks {TAS Apr 28 2016}

A few points- Wear protective gloves because your hands are in the paint vs using regular brushes with handles. 1 – The under-painting is important so think about which colors you want, but be creative – the colors in video are kind of dull. 2 – Don’t use medium in the under-painting or the second layer… Read More »

‘Eraser -ism’ Rocky Cliff Cove 2 OF 4 Sky {TAS Apr 28 2016}

A few points- Wear protective gloves because your hands are in the paint vs using regular brushes with handles. 1 – The under-painting is important so think about which colors you want, but be creative – the colors in video are kind of dull. 2 – Don’t use medium in the under-painting or the second layer… Read More »

‘Eraser -ism’ Rocky Cliff Cove 3 OF 4 Beginning Water Area {TAS Apr 28 2016}

A few points- Wear protective gloves because your hands are in the paint vs using regular brushes with handles. 1 – The under-painting is important so think about which colors you want, but be creative – the colors in video are kind of dull. 2 – Don’t use medium in the under-painting or the second layer… Read More »

‘Eraser -ism’ Rocky Cliff Cove 4 OF 4 Water Final {TAS May 4 2016}

A few points- Wear protective gloves because your hands are in the paint vs using regular brushes with handles. I jumped past painting the trees here, because I am mostly trying to show use of the eraser lift outs in these videos.  Trees are fairly easy. 1 – The under-painting is important so think about which colors… Read More »

“ERASER -ISM” ASPEN ERASER PAINTING ACRYLIC

ALWAYS wear protective gloves when your hands are directly in the paint. Scraping-out  or scraping-in is an old technique for achieving interesting lines and forms, different from the effects from a brush. Here I used cheapo white vinyl erasers which can be sliced, or even cut partially and broken,  to achieve a variety of edges/effects.

TAS Painting, Snowy Hillside Barn, Session 2 (vid 5 of 6) {Mar 2 2016}

This was essentially a watercolour demo. But,  I was demonstrating an acrylic version of the same painting in this session, jumping back and forth. That’s why the painting looks different from time to time – hope it’s  not too confusing. I didn’t finish the trees in the acrylic version(16 x 24 on canvas) – maybe… Read More »

TONAL ABSTRACT TONAL METHOD APPLIED TO 4 SEASONS EXERCISE, (JAN 27 2016)

FOUR SEASONS COLOUR SCHEMES FOR ABSTRACTIONS This exercise introduces the “tonal abstraction” method for painters. It begins with identifying light shapes, created by a surrounding tone of about 50% gray, or equal colour;  Then extensions, underlaps and individual shapes are identified in the gray space and the surrounding negative space is shaded to 80% gray,… Read More »

Composition for Painting, Drawing, and other Aesthetic Endeavors

These notes usually accompany an illustrated lecture. These 4 vids under category “Teaching – EMILY CARR CURRENT CDA Fall 2015”    may also interest you: Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (1 Of 4) {Oct 31 2015} Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (2 Of 4) {Oct 31 2015} Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (3… Read More »

Graphite

I have been interested in doing some graphite work and might take it up before long. A friend, Bridged Lott, has taken it up also. Check her blog to see the result:    http://www.bridgedlott.com/blog      I have always done charcoal drawing, working with tonality, etc. Graphite seems a very different thing. I’ve done a little,… Read More »

Four Seasons (Winter) Tonal Concept – 1 Of 3 (Fall 2015)

This was part 1 of a 3-part tonal painting exercise – the “Winter” part of Four Seasons.  The point of this exercise is to practice “negative” shape-making and to better understand tonal design.  It can be done over and over, using different colours, different mediums. These are some very essential painting skills that can be… Read More »

MAGIC CARPETS (No video yet)

I like to combine PShop and traditional mediums. In this case I did a very small, 5 inch, watercolour with acrylic ink mark-making on paper. I used my ‘tonal design ‘method. I scanned and used PShop to mirror, flip and repeat to get several designs. Beats the old fold-the-paper-in-half-and-press technique. Here is the 5″ original with… Read More »

Watercolor FACE MALE step 4/5 – DEEPEN TONES – (6 MIN) (Click for video)

STEP FOUR -This video moves step by step so that learners can work along. It’s not intended to exhibit or impress, just to communicate.  It’s very basic, but covers the typical forms and their construction.  It’s great to work from a live model, and photos can also be useful. But it’s a time-honored method to… Read More »