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WEB SEMINAR: Landscape Painting: It’s All About the Edges!
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 PM ET
DATES: 3 Saturdays: December 2, 9, and 16, 2017
The class may extend more than 4 hours
WHERE: From the comfort of your home
You do not have to attend the sessions live. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Landscape Painting: All About Edges | Paint Along 41 LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Sample Demo for Paint Along 41 Landscape Painting All About Edges, by Johannes Vloothuis

Landscape Painting: It’s All About the Edges!

With an over 24,000-mile circumference, how can we as artists even begin to capture the true grandeur of our landscape on a two-dimensional surface? How do we portray the vast distances between objects and the far distance in the backgrounds to momentarily immerse our viewers’ imaginations into our landscape painting? There is a way–the correct manipulation of edges.

In this online workshop, master professional landscape artist, Johannes Vloothuis, will give you the keys to achieve this, as well as reveal many other valuable landscape painting tips. Join him and hundreds of friendly artists for over 12 hours of painting fun distributed over three Saturdays live and online. Johannes will start his paintings from scratch, and finish them in real time while you watch over his shoulder. You can also see him mix his colors on the palette. You’ll learn detailed painting tips as you hear him think out loud. And if you want, you can do the same painting along with him from the comfort of your home, and even receive a critique!

What Is Included in this Online Painting Workshop?

You will receive drawing templates before each class, which you can trace onto your painting surface. And, during each session you will receive verbal techniques, color combinations, and instructions to guide you along the way. One painting demo will be in oils, another in watercolor, and another in pastels.

Painting demonstrations will include the following landscape subjects:
  • Burleigh Falls in Ontario with beautiful rocks and foliage
  • The frontal view of a cottage surrounded by flowers
  • Glade Grist Mill in West Virginia in an autumn setting

You do not have to attend the live courses. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Landscape Painting: All About Edges | Paint Along 41 LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Some Reviews from others courses from Johannes Vloothuis:

  • “I’m new to the online class process and was interested in whether or not any instructor would be able to give personal assistance. Wow! I was happily surprised to find that not only did I get a great class that was loaded with info, but also I asked questions and received answers directed to me. I love these classes. Review by Mary
  • “Excellent class for the Landscape artist.” Review by Mike
  • “There is always something new to learn.” Review by Darlene
  • “I see my work improving.” Review by Mary
  • “Excellent. Jo always manages to come up with new information for us.” Review by Frances

About Johannes Vloothuis:
Johannes Vloothuis has exhibited his work all over the world including Saint Petersburg, Sao Paolo and The National Watercolor Museum in Mexico City. He has won several awards such as the top award in the country of Mexico for watercolor and teaches oils, watercolor and pastel. Johannes has taught over 17,000 artists of all skill levels, including professionals via his online courses. The prestigious, Pastel Society of America listed him under, “Master Artists.”

Missed the previous online seminars? Click here to purchase the WetCanvas Live! recordings from NorthLightShop.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Can I Expect? Johannes gives you a sneak peek into what it’s like to take part in a live online art workshop…

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What is an online seminar?

    • It is a live, online class that you view on your computer at a specific day and time. Think of it as a workshop right in your living room.
    • Our events are scheduled on Eastern Standard Time (EST), so if you are in a different time zone, you will need to take scheduling into account — for example 1 PM EST = 12 PM CST, and so on…
    • The sessions will be broadcast via Twitch which is a high-quality live stream platform owned by the Amazon company. The online class will stream as high definition. For this reason you will need a fluent internet connection.
    • The classes are live and we utilize live text chatting, where you can ask your instructor questions as well as chat with fellow artists. Type the full statement in capital letters if it is a question or comment to Johannes so it stands out. To activate this option you will need to create a free Twitch account (only new users). Make sure not to include blank spaces while typing in the username and password. The video screen has the option of full screen. The clickable option is at the bottom right of the video screen. There is also a theater mode option that places the chat box next to the video.
    • In case you do not attend the live sessions, the streaming recordings will be posted right after the class is over. A few days later you will be able to download the recordings and store them locally. Check the student page regularly for updates–instructions for access will be sent with your workshop purchase. All workshop-related materials and links will appear there.

What are the technical requirements for participating in an online seminar?

  • You need a computer and a reliable broadband connection, as well as a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox is recommended for best viewing experience).
  • You will also want to be connected to the Internet via an Ethernet Cable (available at any computer store) if possible versus wireless connectivity which can cause buffering issues. In case you have not acquired the cable, try to narrow the space from your device to the modem, preferably watch your video in the same room where the modem is located.
  • A 5mbps download speed on your computer is recommended. Run a speed test here: http://speedtest.net. If you get 5mbps download you are good to go.
  • You can also watch the class on a large HDTV by connecting an HDMI cable. If it is a smart TV, you can watch it directly.

What can I do during an online seminar?

  • Hear the presenter deliver the workshop (via Internet connection)
  • See visuals from the presenter’s computer (e.g., PowerPoint, web browser, or any document they wish to share)
  • Ask the presenter questions in real time. Type the full statement in capital letters if it is a question or comment to Johannes so it stands out. To activate this option you will need to create a free Twitch account (only new users). Make sure not to include blank spaces while typing in the username and password.

What if I have any technical problems getting into the seminar?

  • We have technical support on hand to help you. Contact NorthLightShop.com live chat during regular office hours. Nearly 100% of our attendees don’t have any trouble after we assist them. You can sign on at least 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, giving you time to ask questions if you have any trouble.
  • Our seminar system will work with both Macs and PCs.

What happens if I miss something during the seminar?

  • In case you do not attend the live sessions, the streaming recordings will be posted right after the class is over. A few days later you will be able to download the recordings and store them locally. Check the student page regularly for updates–instructions for access will be sent with your workshop purchase. All workshop related materials and links will appear there.
  • We also record our seminars and offer them for sale at NorthLightShop.com following the close of the course.

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Lueur by Kent Lovelace

Color Choices for Glazes That Make Your Painting Glow

You have the power to make your paintings glow. With this glazing tutorial, Kent Lovelace breaks down every section of a painting and discusses the ways and means to use glazing (or not), including what colors to dip your brush into first.

The painting Dolmen (below) by Kent depicts an area in rural France that’s believed to be the quarry site for a prehistoric dolmen (tomb) found five kilometers up the valley. Below he describes his painting process for this piece, particularly the glazing.

Get inspired by how light-filled Kent’s artwork appears. And remember that you can create the same look and feel for every one of your paintings with Glazing by Michael Wilcox. It is the leading resource for the methods of a technique that goes all the way back to the Renaissance. Imagine! You could get the same “glow” that the Renaissance’s Old Masters are known for! Enjoy!

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Dolmen by Kent Lovelace

Underpainting

I paint in oil on a copper support, which gives my finished paintings a luminescence or glow. After sanding the copper support, I create a monochomatic underpainting of the land and plant forms (but not the sky) with Old Holland neutral tint.

Painting with old, stiff brushes allows the copper to come forward. You can see the directional marks in the foreground of Dolmen. I use a razor blade or rubber scraper when I want especially clean marks.

Color Glazing

Once the underpainting is finished, the color glazing begins. For this I use transparent or translucent paints that let hints of copper shine through. The paint films are very thin. Even if you can’t see the copper, you can feel its presence.

Glazing Tree Forms

I began glazing the tree forms of Dolmen primarily with umber green, yellow ochre and cobalt blue. In much of the painting, I utilized the purple-ish underpainting for darks and subtle texture.

I created the light on the trunks by using the transparent nature of both Liquin and Cremnitz white over the warm tone of the copper and the darker neutral tint of the underpainting. I made highlights and shadows with cobalt and manganese violet reddish.

Glazing Upper Land Forms

For the upper elements of the lands forms, I glazed the underpainting with yellow ochre, umber green, violet and Cremnitz white, I chose a mixture of yellow ochre, Cremnitz white and Italian brown pink lake for the area beneath the outcrop.

In the foreground, I glazed with transparent Italian brown pink lake over the textured brushwork of the underpainting.

Glazing the Sky Area

For the sky area, I used cobalt blue, blue violet, manganese violet reddish and Cremnitz white. I painted the sky directly on the copper without an underpainting,

The post Your Painting Needs an Old Master’s Boost: Glazing appeared first on Artist's Network.

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WEB SEMINAR: Create Clutter-Free Landscape Paintings!
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 PM EST
DATES: 3 Saturdays: September 9, 16, and 23

WHERE: From the comfort of your home
You do not have to attend the sessions live. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Paint Along 38: Create Clutter-Free Landscape Paintings LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Art Lessons to De-Clutter Your Landscape Paintings

It is very tempting for artists to want to say too much in one painting. When you look at the landscape, or at photo references that will be used to do your next paintings, do you find yourself guessing what to leave in or take out?

It’s time to eliminate the guesswork and create delightful, clutter-free paintings! In this workshop, you will receive top instruction that will show you how to crop your reference photos, edit out unnecessary visual clutter, and more as you paint along with Johannes Vloothuis! Join hundreds of friendly artists during 12 hours of painting fun distributed over three Saturdays. Johannes will start his paintings from scratch, and finish them in real time while you watch over his shoulder. You’ll learn detailed painting tips as you hear him think out loud. And if you want, you can do the same painting along with him from the comfort of your home!

Sample landscape painting from Johannes Vloothuis for Paint Along 38, Create Clutter-Free Landscape Paintings

What Is Included in this Online Painting Workshop?

You will receive drawing templates before each class, which you can trace onto your painting surface. And, during each session you will receive verbal techniques, color combinations, professional secrets, and instructions to guide you along the way. One painting demo will be in oils, another in watercolor, and another in pastels. Join us now to create a clutter-free, beautiful landscape painting every time!

Painting demonstrations will include the following landscape subjects:
  • An abandoned barn in a near-sunset scenario with sunlight hitting distant mountains
  • A rocky, Pacific Coast shoreline
  • A lazy stream, as it’s thawing out and running through a forest

You do not have to attend the live courses. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Paint Along 38: Create Clutter-Free Landscape Paintings LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Some Reviews from others courses from Johannes Vloothuis:

  • “I’m new to the online class process and was interested in whether or not any instructor would be able to give personal assistance. Wow! I was happily surprised to find that not only did I get a great class that was loaded with info, but also I asked questions and received answers directed to me. I love these classes. Review by Mary
  • “Excellent class for the Landscape artist.” Review by Mike
  • “There is always something new to learn.” Review by Darlene
  • “I see my work improving.” Review by Mary
  • “Excellent. Jo always manages to come up with new information for us.” Review by Frances

About Johannes Vloothuis:
Johannes Vloothuis has exhibited his work all over the world including Saint Petersburg, Sao Paolo and The National Watercolor Museum in Mexico City. He has won several awards such as the top award in the country of Mexico for watercolor and teaches oils, watercolor and pastel. Johannes has taught over 17,000 artists of all skill levels, including professionals via his online courses. The prestigious, Pastel Society of America listed him under, “Master Artists.”

Missed the previous online seminars? Click here to purchase the WetCanvas Live! recordings from NorthLightShop.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an online seminar?

    • It is a live, online event that you view on your computer at a specific day and time. Think of it as a workshop right in your living room.
    • Our events are scheduled on Eastern Standard Time (EST), so if you are in a different time zone, you will need to take scheduling into account — for example 1 PM EST = 12 PM CST, and so on…

What are the technical requirements for participating in an online seminar?

  • You need a computer and a reliable broadband connection, as well as a Web browser (e.g., Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

What can I do during an online seminar?

  • Hear the presenter deliver the workshop (via phone or VOIP)
  • See visuals from the presenter’s computer (e.g., PowerPoint, web browser, or any document they wish to share)
  • Ask the presenter questions in real time

What if I have any technical problems getting into the seminar?

  • We have technical support on hand to help you. Nearly 100% of our attendees don’t have any trouble after we assist them. You can sign on at least 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, giving you time to ask questions if you have any trouble.
  • Our seminar system will work with both Macs and PCs.

What happens if I miss something during the seminar?

  • We record our seminars and offer them for sale at NorthLightShop.com following the close of the course.

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Do you love the luminosity of stained glass? Then you’ll be happy to know that you can achieve clear, glowing colors in your oil paintings with multiple transparent glazes.

These radiant layers give objects depth and form, so they seem to lift off the painting surface. Below artist Arleta Pech demonstrates step-by-step how to do it. Enjoy!

Luminous Glazes in Oil

Red Wine Decanter by Arleta Pech

I created Red Wine Decanter with thin applications of oil paint mixed with glazing medium in a process called optical glazing. The term describes how the eye perceives light moving through layers of transparent colors, translating those colors into a final hue.

The key to this technique is knowing when to use transparent, semitransparent, semiopaque and opaque paints. Each has a different effect on the luminosity of your subject. But first, you need to determine the opacity or transparency (coverage) of your colors.

Here’s how: Paint a black stripe on a scrap piece of board. After the paint dries, use a glazing medium to thin your favorite colors into a medium value and then glaze each one over the black stripe onto the white board.

If the color disappears or is very light on the black, it has some level of transparency. On the other hand, the more the color shows on top of the black, the more opaque it is. (See Coverage Test, below.) Be aware that from paint brand to paint brand, colors with the same names have different covering powers.

Once you’re familiar with the coverage of your colors, you’re ready to start glazing. The following demonstration explains how I used this technique on Red Wine Decanter.

1. Start with the lightest values

Looking at the finished roses closely, you can see the layers of colors that make their red hue. Glazing those colors in the right order is key. Because you work from light to dark in oil, I looked for the lightest color that I could see in the roses—a pink glow under the red and near the highlights.

I chose permanent rose for my first glaze. If the roses had shown a warm orange glow, I’d have chosen a yellow glaze to start. Once the first glaze was dry, I could apply the second.

The color of the second layer should be the next value up in the subject; I chose quinacridone red. The same process and colors were used for the wine.

I started the leaves with sap green and Indian yellow in a blended glaze. For the glass and silver, I started with the lightest value of gray, which I mixed from transparent colors of ultramarine blue (green shade), burnt sienna and a tiny touch of alizarin blue lake.

The white areas of canvas were left for the whites in each object. I knew that if, toward the end of the painting, these areas seemed too bright, I could tone them down with a glaze.

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2. Add warm and cool areas

It’s fun to add cool or warm glazes to deepen values or create special areas that glow. I used semi-transparent Winsor orange to add a warm glow to the lower right corner of the wine and a glaze of alizarin blue lake on top of the wine for a reflected color bounce from the white wall.

Notice that in these two areas, there are still parts of the first two glazes showing. If you totally cover the previous glazes each time you add a glaze, you’ll flatten the object, but letting some of the previous glaze show builds form and deepens value.

3. Build deeper values

To build deeper values, select transparent colors with more power, such as the permanent alizarin crimson I used on the roses. This cooler color, which deepened the value of the flower’s crevices, was actually glaze number five on the roses, and each glaze slightly affected the flowers’ hue.

Before they’re finished, the roses will have acquired 10 glazes. The value structure that each glaze creates and the luminosity those glazes achieve result in a very different, more realistic look than that of a work painted with an impressionistic opaque process.

For the wine decanter and the leaves, alizarin blue lake is the more powerful and cooler color that adds value and depth.

4. Apply reflected colors

There are no set glazing mixtures for painting silver because reflected objects around the silver alter its color. Accordingly, I had started the silver with a transparent gray glaze to establish its form. I then chose subsequent glazes based on surrounding reflected objects, giving the silver sparkle and color bounce.

When I was ready to place the darks, I mixed a transparent black with alizarin crimson, sap green and alizarin blue lake. With those three colors I can create red black, green black or blue-black, simply by adjusting the mixture.

5. Take care with semitransparents

There are times when you need to alter an object or pull it together with a large glaze. I wanted the rose highlights to have an orange-red glow, and the shadow side of the roses needed more depth.

I knew I would have to give up most of the pink glaze that I had worked to save. I chose a semitransparent bright red for a thin glaze across most of the rose petals.

Be careful with semitransparent glazes; too heavy a layer will destroy the glow you’ve been building. Hold off on this glaze until you have good values in three to four other glazes, so that the form of your subject (in my case, the roses) holds.

Once you bring a semitransparent color into your painting, place it in at least three areas to move the eye through the painting. For this reason, I also added my semitransparent color to the wine and as a very thin glaze in tiny areas on the silver.

6. Make adjustments

The semitransparent glaze dulled the darks in my roses, so I used a mixture of alizarin crimson and sap green with a touch of alizarin blue lake for a very dark red black to place the darkest darks in the roses.

The leaves underwent many alternating glazes, but the final glaze was a transparent dark green mixture of sap green, alizarin crimson and alizarin blue lake.

7. Touch up with opaque white

Can you use opaque color in a painting created with transparent glazes? The only absolute rule in art is to paint your vision and use whatever you need to do so. I prefer to leave out mixed opaque colors because they tend to look like adhesive bandages over transparent glazes.

In Red Wine Decanter, however, I did use titanium white to clean up the edges of my whitest highlights and to add a few tiny sparkles that I had lost in the wine.

Also, the background cast shadow looked too deep, so I toned it to a softer hue with a very thin glaze of milky titanium white.

Red Wine Decanter by Arleta Pech, final oil painting

This article appeared in a past issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Check out past issues of this magazine here, and be sure to subscribe here.

Painter and workshop instructor Arleta Pech is the North Light Books author of Radiant Oils: Glazing Techniques for Paintings that Glow.

The post How to Use Glazes to Create Luminosity in Your Oil Paintings appeared first on Artist's Network.

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