Category Archives: Teaching – SHADBOLT CENTER TAS- – PAINTING

VILLAGE DEMO ‘ GRISAILLE ‘ UNDER-PAINTING

This is an in-class demo I did recently at The Shadbolt Center (kinda quick and dirty) but shows an interesting method for producing an image. This method may also be of interest to the SSWR group at Semiahmoo, where we are using it for Painting the Coast. First, I did a blue-gray under-painting (slightly grayed… Read More »

Shadbolt Center “Boat in Lake” Concept Overview – COLOR AS TONE – Oct 19, 2017

Getting a little bored with simple realism? As the title suggests, here is a way of seeing and painting called “Color as Tone”, sometimes called ‘arbitrary color’. Actually the hue may be arbitrary, but the tones or tonal value shapes are not. I am sure that we all, at some stage of our painting development,… Read More »

SKETCHING VERNAZZA AND RIOMAGGIORE (Shadbolt Center July 2017))

This is a demo of drawing techniques for travel sketching using charcoal (the square-section compressed charcoal is what I use , sometimes called drawing pastel black). Actually, a cleaner, more convenient alternative for travel would be gray felt pens, such as COPIC brand, wide nibs, neutral gray, just a couple of grays plus black fineliner… Read More »

Reflections Sailboat Mirror Studies

People have asked if reflections should be longer, shorter, or the same as the actual object. The annoying answer is “It depends.” I made a little sailboat (about 3 inches high) by carving a white vinyl eraser and making a sail by cutting a credit card, painting it white and drawing a curve with a… Read More »

Live Sketching Mixed Media at Shadbolt Center (May 7 2017)

Yesterday I drew  as a demonstration at the Shadbolt Center Burnaby for the “Rhododendron Festival”. Charcoal and pastels on office easel paper about 24 x 36. Hyped the colors a bit in P-Shop. The idea was to promote classes and participate in the Civic Festival representing the Shadbolt Center.  I always enjoy doing this type… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

TAS Shadbolt Painting students pls review these videos in this section after session 2 (Jan 27, 2016)

It is suggested that TAS students painting review the following videos found in in this Category after session 2 (Jan 27, 2016). Could paste into “search” or scroll through the vids in this Category: ABSTRACT TONAL CONCEPT ‘GRISAILLE’ 1 OF 4 (Mar 31 2015) ABSTRACT TONAL CONCEPT INTO COLOR 2 OF 4 (Mar 31 2015) ABSTRACT TONAL… 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 »

“Truly the best tutorial website I’ve ever seen!” (Thank you G.F. !)

Dear Tony: First, a very Happy New Year!  (Jan 2016) In addition to seasonal good wishes, however, I’m writing in particular to send sincerest thanks for your very kind words and sympathetic assessment following my participation in your Fall semester perspective drawing class – really, I was quite blown away!  In my entire school career… Read More »

Nice Feedback! Thank you G.F. !

Tony O’Regan teaches techniques of drawing and painting which are user friendly and can be easily incorporated in the artist’s tool box of techniques, helpful for broadening creative expression. Tony’s Art School has empowered me in artist expression through his instruction of the fundamentals in drawing and painting. The techniques demonstrated and practiced in class… 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 »

Tony’s Art School at the Shadbolt – SPRING 2016

  Tony’s Art School  at the Shadbolt Center These classes feature detailed demonstration and clear instruction. Lessons can be reviewed on Tony’s video website for practice at home. Students build tools to heighten their artistic abilities in Drawing and Painting  AND are presented with a much coveted and artist’s bio enhancing  (:-) Certificate from the… Read More »