Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Step By Beautiful Step, Part 1
This very popular painting has a unique array of perspective, value, colors, foreshortening issues that make it very challenging; however, if you follow the steps, Jerry makes it look easy. The first step is to tint the canvas gray and use a white charcoal pencil to sketch in the steps. The painting starts by first applying the dark areas in the windows and the door behind the steps. Next, the side walls are blocked in with a lighter gray and then using gradually darker tones the face of the actual steps are blocked in. The formation of the front pilaster is shaped using a chisel-edged brush as well as blocking in the top of the steps, starting with thin white slivers at the top and widening the steps to the bottom. Details can then be added to the door area both the threshold and the side walls to indicate brick work or a stucco texture. Use a lot of small brush steps to make the steps and the building look old and worn. Do not be afraid to use color in this process.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Step By Beautiful Step, Part 2
In this part, Jerry explores the ups and downs of this painting. Since there is no horizon line, all the various angles are first checked to make sure that they are correct and in alignment until they fit. By painting in the pots at the top and bottom of the steps, we create the space in which the floral vegetation can be blocked in between the pots. Use loose strokes to create pockets and suggestions of a dark, leafy area. Vegetation can be added to the side wall and window and door as well. The next step is to suggest the shadows that will be cast onto the steps by the flowers, using a purple-gray mixture. Using the No. 4 bristle brush and a light green mixture, detailed leaves can be added to highlight the flower and vegetation areas. The next step is to add the shadows to the side of the steps as well as to define the baseline of the wall. The pots can then be highlighted, and you can choose the color of the flowers that can be added using impressionistic strokes. Purple is always a good color to help tie the painting together.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Step By Beautiful Step, Part 3
In this part, Jerry focuses on the final highlighting to finish the painting. He starts by adding various colors to the flower arrangements, including yellow, pink and orange. Next, highlights are added to the top of the steps and to the walls to suggest reflective light and also to add interest. A thin mixture of white gesso can be sprayed on the steps to provide another level of texture. Cracks can be added to the wall and other surfaces to give them an aging and worn appearance. Using soft gray and a chisel-edge brush, Jerry adds a board leaning against the building. Highlights on the flowers are repeated with thicker paint to make them pop. Do not overwork the details.