Margaret Aycock: Painting A Still Life The Impressionist Way
Margaret Aycock teaches her students the ways of the Impressionist in this time lapsed video which you will learn about some of the main elements surrounding ascertaining the composition and application of a still life in oil paints.
Theáset-upáconsists of a vase, tea cup, lemons and books and the first thing to establish is the the emphasis of the focal point on the canvas. The focal point should never be dead central and instead should be positioned using for dots to form a square surrounding the centre. With her brush she paints holding it half way down so she has fluid and organic control and uses only the sides of her paint brush to lay down her areas of block colour. This ultimately leads to a softer finish and also saves the artist valuable time as more oil paint can be applied.
This tutorial focuses more on the brush work and application more so than color theory which ultimately shaped the Impressionist movement. A nice little tutorial with some valuable painting tips.