Oil Painting Videos, How to Paint Desserts Video

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Volume 23

Oil Painting Videos, How to Paint Desserts Video


Oil Painting Videos

Oil Painting Techniques, How to Paint Desserts Video

Studying art through oil painting videos at home can be very rewarding. In this DVD Hall teaches us how to paint scrumptious desserts.  He  introduces several techniques for painting a variety of delicious baked foods. Featured are five 11″x14″ demonstrations, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, French cruller donuts, half-moon and chocolate chip cookies and a slice of apple pie on a plate with a fork. Learn how to make initial brush marks on the canvas to suggest in simple terms the essence of the subject. Hall states “One must learn to perceive the still life as a single mass, formed by a group of interconnected shapes, no matter how many objects are included within the composition.”

Within the two-hour DVD are stunning close-up shots of Hall’s classical oil painting techniques and views of his studio as he discusses his paintings at different stages. Hall shows us how to use a large bristle brush to establish the basic composition and main value spots, including low-key, middle value, high-key areas, with a transparent undertone of warm or cool neutral.

Artist’s Notes on Oil Painting

Oil Painting Videos

Shared Value and Lost and Found Edges

Many artists describe “shared value” as a process of “loosing and finding edges”. Varying the quality of edges is an important aspect of suggesting naturalistic illusions. The edges of forms will appear sharp, soft or completely diffused based on the quality of light and respective values of the neighboring forms and surrounding space.

 Squint, so your eyes are barely open allowing only a small amount of light to enter, and what you see will appear as simplified light and dark patterns. Allow your eyes to navigate across and around the contours of the forms to determine in what sections the value-key of the subject is similar to the background. Where the values appear similar the edge may be softened or diffused, and where the values are equal the edge may disappear completely.  Learn to paint through oil painting videos.

Dissolving Edges and Forms

 Softening or completely dissolving the edges of parts of the subject contributes to the overall sense of atmospheric space, mystery and mood.  Realizing form in this manner also mimics the way in which we see the world. Try this as an experiment: completely focus your attention on the exact center of your hand and notice how your peripheral vision becomes fuzzy and blurred. Humans, unlike a camera, do not have the capability to perceive all edges as sharp simultaneously. We see the world in continual motion since time does not stand still. Even when we think of a memory within in our “mind’s eye” there is a sense of movement to this imaginary vision.   Studying painting through oil painting videos at home can be very rewarding.

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How to Paint Lemons

Artist, Hall Groat II, Lenox, MA, Berkshires, Summer 2013

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