Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Paint: "Cornfield Impression" + Instructional Video


“Cornfield Impression,” Acrylic on Canvas, 6x18in.
Panoramic Landscape Painting by Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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Today, I am sharing with you all a new painting and instructional video that will guide you through creating this piece while exploring the idea of layers. I created this work as a continuation artwork for newer painters to take the next step forward in learning how to paint. This work is inspired by the fields near my home here in North Carolina. One easy way to create the illusion of depth in a work is to add multiple layers of objects (the objects in this painting are the trees). The farther away an object is from you, the smaller it looks, however, as they get closer they will become bigger.

A good rule of thumb, a guideline really, is that each time you get halfway closer to the viewer (the person looking at the painting) from the horizon line, the objects should become roughly twice as big. Ok, now I know that seems complicated, but here is a sunset photo from my trip to Vermont that I think will really help you see what this guideline means. I have marked in the picture the trees (the objects) on the right hand side – see how they become larger as they get closer to you (the viewer)? Notice that the trees double in size as they get half-again closer to you from the distant Adirondack Mountains in the far back (at the horizon line).


This painting also uses this perspective rule of thumb, the nearest tree is much larger compared to the distance row in the back. Having a nearer objects, like a house, trees, an old fence, helps to create a sense of realism and perspective in a painting (adds layers to it). For those of you who remember, I painted a similar piece called “Autumn Field” a while back, this work, “Cornfield Impression” draws on that idea, but bring greater detail to the nearest trees (new technique with a liner brush). I really want to encourage you all to give this painting a try, it’s a lot of fun to make and is not terribly complicated to do—it’s easier than you think!    

“Cornfield Impression,” Timelapse + Text Instructions


“Cornfield Impression,” Acrylic on Canvas, 6x18in.
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016.
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved.
Autumn Field, Full-length Painting Video


“Autumn Field,” Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8x10in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
Impulsive Artistry Blog Productions. All Rights Reserved. 

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Painting Supplies for “Cornfield Impression”:

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Color Palette:
Titanium White
Mars Black
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium

Color Mixes for “Cornfield Impression”:
Upper Sky Blue = Ultramarine Blue + Titanium White
Light Blue = 1 Part Ultramarine Blue + 2-3 Parts Titanium White
Green Mix  = Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium
Light Green Mix = 1 Part Ultramarine Blue + 2 Parts Cadmium Yellow Medium

Mix these as you need them, not ahead of time or the acrylic paint will dry out too fast!

Brushes:
Large Bright Brush
Small Bright Brush
Liner Brush

Supplies
6x18in Canvas
Paper Towels
Water Cup
Palette
Drop Cloth
Easel or Flat-Surface

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Thank you so much for stopping by here at Impulsive Artistry. I hope that you feel inspired to go out and be creative this week, have a great time doing so, and also have a fantastic artistic day!

—Charles

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