Demonstration 6th June 2017 - Turning Wave, an oil painting by Amanda Jackson
Report by Maggie Goodsell
Amanda started the evening by discussing the properties of colour, the colour wheel & colour harmonies. She said she would be using an analogous colour scheme for the demonstration i.e. colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
Working on MDF primed with coloured gesso & the wave lightly drawn out ....
... Amanda mixed a range of varying tones of her colours ....
... before blocking in the main structure of the wave.
As she needed this area to be dry for the later stages of the painting Amanda moved on to 'one I prepared earlier” - hence the difference in colour.
Amanda again prepared her palette with varying tones of colour in, as she called it 'strings' down the palette. She often picked up paint by drawing the brush across them & then twisted the brush as she painted to get a marbled effect.
Blocking in the darkest tones to give a reference point.
Amanda said to make sure the brush strokes follow the direction of the waves and to remember that the distant waves will be much more horizontal.
Amanda blended the colour by pushing pulling the brush between the blocks & then added some of the light foam areas of the wave.
She then mixed up all the foreground colours as she intended to do it in one go rather than in blocks.
The foreground painted ....
... Amanda used a Liquin glazing medium on the pre prepared dry areas of the wave to make them look translucent.
She then did more blending with a soft dry brush.
Adding the foam with a thick opaque white ...
..... just letting the paint not the brush touch the surface. Amanda said that she finds imagining what the water would feel like helps her to paint it.
The finished foam
Amanda removed any excess paint with a cotton bud and then used it to paint in other areas of froth.
As an experiment Amanda tried out a technique she had seen where you put black next to your brightest white to make it stand out more.
The technique seems to have worked in the finished picture.
Amanda with the finished painting and her reference pastel picture.
Another example of Amanda's work.
An excellent painting demonstration with an amazing amount of information about colour. If we only remember a fraction of what Amanda told us it should improve our understanding of how colours work.