Painting with a 'Show Me' State of Mind
// Artist Daily
|Darrell Brown paints simple, seemingly timeless "portraits" |
of fruits and vegetables.
Here's a painting demonstration that reveals New Orleans painter Darrell Brown's process from beginning to end. The steps below outline Brown's painting techniques and guide you from blank panel to his finished work, Red Tamarillos.
|Find the center.|
|Block it in. |
|Paint on a "large" scale. |
|Going back in.|
While the paint is wet he softens edges and refines details of the stems. His final step is to apply a layer of transparent color and glaze most of the surfaces of the fruit to build up the paint and tone down the reflected light in the shaded areas. After the painting dries for several days, he applies a light layer of retouch varnish.
Seeing the end product—a painting—and knowing the steps and strategy that went into it makes all the difference in my appreciation of a work and my understanding of the process. Art is funny that way—there's always something to learn from looking at a work as it progresses, especially if you can see a sequential demonstration like Brown's. That's why video downloads are so beneficial for artists. You can see all the action as it unfolds, and that's why Pastel Techniques for Painterly Portraits is being so well received. Artists want to see a painting happen—Pastel Techniques for Painterly Portraits delivers! Enjoy!
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