Acrylics #2 A landscape in five colours | Doris Charest | Skillshare

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8 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The drawing

    • 3. Red blocking in

    • 4. Adding blue and yelllow

    • 5. Red trees

    • 6. Blue trees

    • 7. Dark trees

    • 8. Conclusion

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Acrylics are fun and easy.  Join me in this beginner class.  Acrylics is a fun and easy. This course is for the new-to-acrylics and will teach you all about how to start a nacrylic painting. Once you learn the basic steps, painting will be a joy. You can complete this course in an hour if you follow the step-by-step process. There are hints and pointers in every lesson.  These are the successful lessons that have been used for beginner students before.  I have chosen my students' favorite lessons show you.  Come and enjoy these lessons too. 

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to acrylics for beginners Number two Landscape in five colors. This is a project for beginners. My name is Doris Shot A and I am your instructor. I have a degree in fine art and a master's degree in visual art education. I love art, and I love teaching art, and I'm here to share my love of acrylics with you. This is the project. There are two different versions. One that was my sample in the other one that we actually did what you will learn. You will learn to create a landscape. Using just a few colors, you will learn how to simplify the landscape. You will learn how easy it is to create a landscape. You will learn how to create a landscape Using simple, easy brush Stokes. You will learn how to create trees in a variety of colors. The materials you will need. You will need one paintbrush. At least you will need one campus. You will need the acrylic colors red, blue, yellow, black and white. You'll need a rag for cleaning or paper towel. Need water to clean your brush and a plastic cover just to protect your table. So look for the next section. When we start the drawing, you'll see how easy it ISS see you soon 2. The drawing: This is my inspiration for the painting. It was taken on a trip to Kamloops in British Columbia, and it was just a beautiful scene. I change the colors. I changed the direction of the trees or the hill. I changed a lot of things, but this was my inspiration. The drawing is simple. Just a few simple lines. Watch the video and you'll see how it's done. So here's my sample. I draw on one line, I draw another line and one more, and that's it. That's all the drawing you need. You don't need to to have anything else. So do this step now and we'll see you in the next section, okay? 3. Red blocking in: adding a red background. This is a super easy step. You're just going to paint one color in the background red, so all you need is your paintbrush and some red paint. Watch the video and see how you do this. So here's my drawing and my red paint. I want to cover all the sky portion completely, so just add red. I like to paint the sides like you saw in the first project really easy stuff, So just paint, paint paint, go with it and paint the edge. Is all you need to do is block in. Blocking in is when you put the background color or the main color on, and that's what you're doing right now. So you're blocking in the rand. You're going to start with the top and then you'll put some at the bottom two. If you look at the example, there's little bits of red that are peeking through at the bottom, and that's what you want. You're going to add other colors, but you're also going to let some of that red peek through really adds a lot to the painting so cheap blocking in and work the sides just do that quickly see how easy it ISS any beginner conduce. This so just added on, and I leave little bits of white sometimes, and then they'll add another few strokes on the main hill. Because if you look at the main hell, there's little bits of red that are peeking through there, too. You don't have to cover it completely. It's good to leave a little bit of the white there and just smooth it out. Just make sure there's no rough bumps, and then we smooth out the sides, make sure it's painted in all the way to the other side and on the side there, too. This is the blocking in the main step. You have to let this dry before you do the next step. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. See you soon. 4. Adding blue and yelllow: adding blue and yellow. This is a really simple step. All you're going to do is add a few brushstrokes of each of those, so watch the video, see what you need to do now. I have my base color. I have a little bit of yellow and some white. I mix the two together, so the yellow that is there is just an earth tone. So I don't use a bright yellow, and you just drag your brush. Just slowly drag your brush across to create a little bit of a hill. Just like that. You need yellow, white and blue, and that's kind of it. So for the yellow, it's not very complicated, and I tweak it and I keep adding tiny brushstrokes. The goal is to create variety in the brush strokes. You don't want a flat, even color. You want an uneven color, so I wash my brush and I go to blue. As you can see, I speeded it up because it's a long process. I paint really slowly, so I'm going to show you how to add the blue. You want to create variety. That's your main goal. So you have different variations of the blue. You make sure you cover all around the edge of the canvas, and there you go. And you keep adding, You want to change the blue every time you do a new brush stroke so that when you're looking at the painting, it looks really interesting because the Pete isn't the same everywhere. You want to show the breast jokes, you don't want to blend it two months, so that means don't brush too much. Just let the stroke show. So like this, I'm dragging my brush and I'm letting the brush do the work. I hardly have to do anything except drag the brush across and then paint the edges. So again, drag it one more time. You just let it happen. Leave a little bit of the rad showing. That's what looks good. So again, slowly, a little bit of blue trying not to brush too much. You can tweak it here and there, but make sure you leave a bit of the rant. Now I'm going to drag some white so I can't see how goes you drag, drag, drag, drag, drag, and it looks more natural that way. Looks like the way snowfalls doesn't fall evenly. There's variations. There's bumps in the field and the snow catches on the high bumps. And then there's no snow on the low bumps. We're very little snow, so you drag your brush again, see how I hold my brush, and then I just drag it. Just hold and drag. Hold and drag very a goal. And I take my brush and I create more snowbanks. Orde lees, Little drifts of snow. There you go. Um, just add bits. The idea is to vary the color very the texture, and make it interesting. The more very the more interesting that's going to be. And that's just about it. So do this step and we'll see you in the next section. See you soon. 5. Red trees: adding trees in rand layering is part of the process. If so, the first layer is red trees. When you add these trees later on, you'll overlap them with blue and then a darker color after it creates depth makes it look like a forest. So watch the video. See how you do this first layer of red trees. The rant that I want is not a pure rand like the background. Um, I will add a few pure red ones, but essentially I'll want some blended reds that looks good there because it doesn't touch the sky. Any time you add a tree and it's and pure red, it cannot touch that sky. So I'll add a few here and there. And now I'm blending the red with a darker black, and that makes it like a burgundy color. So the trees, if they touch the sky, they won't look exactly the same. Also, what happens is the variety of color creates more interest in the painting. As you can see, I've speeded it up because it's quite boring to paint a tree. Remember how it's done. You make a line and then you scribble on one side and scribble on the other, and you want to vary the color you want. Vary the shapes. You don't want one sign to be as perfect as the other. In nature, Trees are quite different. So I'm just making a line, adding a few breast jokes on each side. Nothing more complicated than that. Very easy. And I keep going, and I want to add an irregular number of trees. I want to vary the color so they're not all the same shade of red. So here we are. Here's the painting now do this step and we'll see you in the next section. 6. Blue trees: adding trees in blue. Remember that trees are irregular, shaped in nature. They're shaped by the wind and the rain and the snow Keep the trees different shapes and different sizes, and they look more natural. Now watch the video. Here goes. We're going to start with the blue trees now and you'll find I repeat myself because I'll tell you how to make thes trees. Every time you start with a line, you brush on one side and then you brush on the other. Keep it irregular, and it will work out just fine. Remember, trees and nature are quite lopsided. Next time you go for a drive in the country, check it out. So they're going to be three colors of trees. The first is read, the second is blue and the third is going to be black, so just brushed them in. Just at the more ever you think they would look good, keep them different sizes and shapes. While you're painting those, I'm just going to give you a little bit of information about acrylic paint. Acrylic paint didn't really get started until the 19 forties and fifties, and then when it first started, it came in bright neon colors, and as time continued, they developed the process of making acrylics, and now we have a large variety of beautiful colors. There are still a few colors that, uh, come from nature. Any earth tones, like burnt sienna. They actually used stones are soil that is sienna colored and added in but all the others, especially colors like pink, purple and lime green. Those are all chemically based. So now back to our painting, see how irregular you need to get to make it look natural. Just add a few here and there, the little tree on the red tree on the right, as barely any branches. Do you see a lot of those in nature and just a little other one. Maybe a scrawny er one. And here we go. Now back to the history of acrylics. Acrylic paint was first developed to paint walls. Mostly large office buildings and other industrial type uses oil paint because off the fumes became less popular. So they trying to develop a paint that would be less smelly. That is how they developed acrylic paint. So those air little interesting tidbits that most people don't know. And here we're almost done. And these air the trees. Step two. So now it's your turn. So paint these trees and we'll see you in the next section. See you soon. 7. Dark trees: adding dark trees. This is the third and last layer of trees. These trees, air going toe, overlap the red and the blue trees. Pick your spots carefully. The I will follow those dark trees. Remember to vary. The size is not. All trees are the same. So here's the video Watch how I did this. I have a black and I start my trees. These trees, air going toe, overlap the red and the blue ones. Some of them will be hiding behind the red and blue ones. Some of them will be in front. You get to choose where you put your trees. But these air suggestions ideas of how to structure your trees. So I'm adding a little bit here and a little bit there. The dark catches. Thea dies, so choose your spots carefully about where you want. Um, remember, they shouldn't be all the same size, and then just brush brush brush. Make your branches irregular. You'll be so happy when you're done this you won't hear my voice telling you that anymore. So again, brush irregular trees. That's what trees look like in nature. They're all lopsided. No, I'm adding some a pyre and maybe a little bigger one. The trees on the hill are just a cluster. They're group together and in between there's paths for the animals to walk through and people to walk through. When it comes to painting all those spaces allow the I to follow through and look at the whole painting, trying to leave spaces where your eye can go in and look at the different groups of trees. So in the front here, I've left open a little spot. Mike, I goes in there, goes to look at the trees on the laughter trees on the right, and then the beautiful red sky. That's your goal as an artist, to get the viewer to look at your painting for a long time and look at the details and look at the whole painting. So now I'm just going to add a few marks at the bottom, just like that. So it doesn't. The black doesn't look just like it's in the trees. You want to make sure that there's little marks a little bit everywhere. I'm adding a little more red to help coordinate the painting, so check it out. Do I have read trees and black trees and blue trees. Is the color balanced? Do I have more red in one spot and less in another? Where do you need to add some more different shapes? And then I forgot to go over the ads. So I'm just adding a little bit on the edge. And I keep fine tuning until I am happy with the end product. So this is it for this painting. You've completed it. So now all you need to do is get that rigger brush and sign it. So we'll see you in the next section where I explain more. See you soon. 8. Conclusion: conclusion. You have now completed your second acrylic painting. Make sure you sign your work. You can see that working and acrylic is really easy and very forgiving. Remember, if you make an error, let a dry and paint over it. Here are some other ideas for you to try along the same lines. Very simple, easy landscapes. My next course is combining collage and paint these air the mountains that we're going to create. So look for my next course collage won the mountains. See you in my next course. This is Dora Sharia and we'll see you soon.