Beginners Oil Painting: Learn by Watching Me Paint | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

Beginners Oil Painting: Learn by Watching Me Paint

Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction Learn to Paint Watch Me Work

    • 2. Setting Up

    • 3. Compositional Sketch

    • 4. Start Painting

    • 5. Thanks!

    • 6. More Art Classes

    • 7. Teacher Introduction


About This Class

Join Australian artist, Shellie Cleaver, for this 12 minute class that shows you how to set up a still life, draw a compositional sketch, and start painting. Watching an artist work offers you insight into their processes that you can apply for yourself.

Watch me as I paint and explain what I am doing and why.  One of the most valuable learning experiences can result from watching an artist work as you can observe details of their approach and practice that they can't always explain or articulate.


1. Introduction Learn to Paint Watch Me Work: Why My name's Shelly. I'm an artist from Sydney, Australia. Welcome to my skill share class, which is about watching May as I work. The reason I decided to create a class like this was that when I was a student and learning , I found it most helpful to be able to watch another painter paint or another drawer drawer , I found I could observe really subtle things that the artist probably wouldn't be out to communicate to me words. And by observing them working, I got to learn so much. So I really hope that this is a useful class, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free. Teoh, start a conversation and I'll reply. 2. Setting Up: you can see I'm removing my old still life display. Getting surface ready. Teoh, try some new objects and develop the composition. I usually just start by choosing one object, and I try to build a composition around that one. Object as I add objects, it's a matter of having a look, adjusting the position off in just a few millimeters to the left or a few millimeters to the right and then adding 1/3 object. Having a look, saying what I think about the composition when I'm doing this, I'm looking for. But I wanted to be symmetrical on what they're to be a sense attention. I want there to be interesting negative spaces and contrast in tone and color. This is the final composition I decided to paint. 3. Compositional Sketch: now that I've chosen my composition, I'm sitting in front of the objects and I'm sketching them. The purpose of this is to transfer a three dimensional collection of objects into a two dimensional drawing, and this helps me assess whether or not the composition works on whether it's interesting enough to actually paint. This drawing is not careful or precise. It's quite screw Billy on its purely for the purpose of mapping out composition. My initial sketch began with a very light pencil, and now I'm reworking into the sketch with a heavier progressive lead pencil. Just Teoh, make a clear drawing and really get the major shapes mapped in so I can assess the composition. - This is the final Skitch. 4. Start Painting: So I'm setting up my easel with my new canvas, and I'm putting some role on the paint onto my pellets. I've got a large brush, and I am using a medium techniques myself to dilute the the number so I can put it on a za wash across the entire canvas, and this gives me a basis to work upon. I don't really like working directly onto white. I much prefer to have a ground onto which I'm working. So now that I've put a wash over the canvas, I'm now ready to map in the basic shapes off of the objects in the composition in a doctor . But this is really looking at proportion and placement on the canvas. So I'm looking at the size of the objects in relation to the outer edges of canvas, and I'm also looking at the shape off, the off the objects they form and their relationship to each other. So I'm just trying to get the basic proportions rot and loosely mapped in. But of course, this is always a process of refinements. I've now mixed up a darker color. It was meant to be Morris Brown, but it was more blue in the end just to really stop mapping in some of eternal differences in the painting, really mapping in that lack of the cup. So here are mixing up. Watch that I was going Teoh put in the background. But I found it was too green in color, so made quite a good color for the lighter areas of the tablecloth in the composition. So I'm mapping in those lights now with the new brush are mixing up a creamy what background color which I'm gonna map in. You'll notice he that I turned the canvas. This is, ah, useful technique just to help you map in lines and get into intricate parts of the painting . It's a very useful thing to do. - And now I'm just starting to map in some of the lot of areas of the drug, just trying to get a sense of the object and where the largest falling just a beginning point for developing the painting here are mixing up the blue thio more accurately reflect the color of that small blue cup, which is in the painting. Yeah, I'm just mapping in the brown of the cupboards on the right hand side it looks slightly different from the perspective in the video. But from where I was sitting, it actually does come into the composition on that right hand Ege now mixing up a little bit of black just to really give that black cop some of the heavy, dark presence that it has. So the painting isn't finished, but I'm leaving it at this point so these layers can dry, and then I will come back and rework over the top and develop the data. 5. Thanks!: I hope you've enjoyed watching me work and watching a painting developed from scratch. Please join me for part two to see this painting involved Further. Thank you. 6. More Art Classes: I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and water colors. Color theory, endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my classes color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing how to paint gloss and beginners figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff 7. Teacher Introduction: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone jail with a very traditional Italian based structure. So we learn drawing every stage of education I love to make. I love cooking. I love music. The thing that I love about school share is the opportunity it offers for me to share my skills with people. I've studied so many things, and I tried so many different creative and artistic disciplines on projects that this opportunity to share my skills to encourage others it really means a lot to me. So the trick with building and creative practices to actually build up of routine and to have a space that's dedicated to your creative work. If possible, it's hard to develop a practice and really, if you can make it daily, you will see the most progress you'll also find, gain confidence and move forward far more effectively than if you do something one day and then don't touch it for another few months. My family believe that artistic and creative skill doesn't come down to talent, Sheldon said. Once that you can't know the talent of a man or one until they've actually put in many, many hours of practice and work on. That's when talent is revealed. My family delayed. Everyone come on creative skills and everyone can develop a creative ability that's not easy to achieve. But it's worth trying to actually building to every day that space where you can be creative, whether you take class. When you do a little sketch of something in your home with you, try and draw your pit all of these acts of creativity, valuable and would doing it comes down to your building, your own language, your own crave context in your own creative environment. And this actually is what will facilitate you being a creative person. And that could be quite overwhelming for beginnings because I haven't got that and I don't understand that. But by taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing. Because in the end, your own artistic, um practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. And there is no end point. So it's a fantastic. So I really hope with these classes, help you on your creative journey. And they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes of helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie in some of the classes.