Paint an Orange - Beginner Acrylic Painting | Linda Celestian | Skillshare

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Paint an Orange - Beginner Acrylic Painting

teacher avatar Linda Celestian, Learning to paint is fun

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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Set Up

    • 4. Mixing Colors

    • 5. Painting

    • 6. Wrap Up

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This beginner acrylic painting class will cover supplies, set up, color mixing and paint application to create a beautiful painting of an orange. The skills learned in this class can be used to level up your painting whether you're a beginner or have been painting for a while.

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Linda Celestian

Learning to paint is fun


I'm a fine artist and a teacher. I've been painting for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. Life is short but you can keep it fun by trying new things.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Linda Celestia. Welcome to my class on how to paint an orange. This is a beginner acrylic painting class, so I'm going to go over all the supplies you need to get started. I'll show you how to set up a still life, how to mix tents in tones that matched the values that you're seeing on the form. And finally, how to apply these colors to your painting to create smooth transitions that describe the form. So even if you're an intermediate painter, I think you'll enjoy going back to the basics and learning how to mix colors to paint an orange. So let's get started. 2. Supplies: the supplies you need are starting with something to paint on. I'm using £80 drawing paper, but you also can paint on just sued watercolor paper. You'll need a pallet. I'm using artist's palette paper, a palette knife, pencil, eraser and some brushes. I have a couple different kinds of brushes here, some tech lan and some hogs here brushes. I use acrylic matt medium to mix into my paints and a little bit of retard. Er. The retard er is a medium that slows down the drying time of acrylic paint. You'll need some water to wash your brushes in between colors and paper towels or rags to dry your brushes. For this class, I'm actually only using the three primary colors and white, but I'm going to go ahead and go over the other colors that I recommend that do come up in some of my other classes. First, we have ultra marine blue, which is the primary blue. Another blue I like to have on hand is cerulean blue, which is towards the green side, and it's used for mixing greens. I like cadmium yellow lemon for mixing greens as well. It's a cool yellow, the warm yellow is cadmium yellow medium that I used for mixing oranges but also can be used for mixing greens. The first red is cadmium red, medium, and another red I like to have on hand is Eliza in crimson because it tends to have more blue in it and is good for mixing purples. Wait, color that I often use and does come up in my other classes is burnt sienna. Technically, you can mix this color, but it's a nice to have. 3. Set Up: I always like to set up a real still life. You can set it up near a window to get natural light or you've set up under a light like I'm going to. I set up my own still life because I think lighting is really important. So you can see here with the direct lighting that it sets up for some really nice shadows and lights and darks on the object. I'm ready to sketch my subject, and you can spend as long as you want on this or keep it nice and loose. I never used to sketch with a pencil to begin, but when I started teaching, I felt like it was, you know, a simple way to start when my drawing is done. I like to lighten my pencil lines so that they'll never show through in my acrylic painting . So if I'm painting that orange slice with these really light oranges, I don't want pencil to show through here . I'm fixing my drawing with a little bit of comparative measuring, which I go over in my other class, which is how to paint still like 4. Mixing Colors: I have my palate set up with the primary colors across the top. I'm gonna start by mixing the color of the orange, starting with a lot of the cadmium yellow, medium and just a little bit of the cadmium red medium I've already mixed in retard er into my paints. That's what you saw me doing in the beginning. Okay, so this is going to get me a really light orange, which I definitely see on the light side of the object. And also where it's not quite as right. Like, there seems to be to color oranges on this orange. If that makes sense, one that's lighter and one that's a little bit deeper. So I'm gonna mix two oranges than I. I'm calling both of them. The few orange is a little bit darker, so it has a little bit more of the canyon red medium in it. Okay, Now I'm gonna wipe my palette knife off, go back to the light version of the hue to mix my tents so I move some of it and mix it with white. And then I'm going to take some of that version, move it again and mix it with more white. This will be used for the shiny highlight, and also I end up using it for the orange slice. When we get to painting the orange slice, there are a few colors that I sort of mix with my brush. But usually I like to mix is much as I can beforehand with the palette knife. Just when I go to paint all the paint is there mixed, ready to go? Okay, now I'm going back to the darker version, and I'm gonna mix my tones. The tones are the colors you need to paint the shadow that you're seeing on the orange tones air mixed by using the complementary color. The complementary color of orange is blue, so I'm using ultra marine blue. I'm noticing that it looks very green. That's because my orange is kind of to the yellow side, so I'm adding some red. So if you haven't orange that is a yellow orange. The complementary color is actually a purple, so I just used little bits of color to adjust. That way, you won't go too far off and have to, you know, start over. So I just keep mixing until I think it looks like what I'm seeing on the orange. I'll mix one more darker version by taking some from this pile, moving in and adding a little more red and blue. I've mixed the main colors that we need to paint the orange. When I paint the orange slice, you'll see mixed some of the other colors with my brush. 5. Painting: I'm going to start by conditioning my brush with the map medium and picking up, loading my brush with the darker version of the hue. I'm going over and painting a pretty large area of where I see this color, where there's not a highlight and not a shadow. Here I can apply the lighter value, the lighter hue right next to this one, working a wet into wet. To get a smooth transition without washing my brush, I moved to the tents and go to the 1st 10 and apply it directly on top of the hue, and I'm working back and forth to create smooth transitions. Now it's important to wash your brush to start to work on the shadows, using the tones that you've mixed. The reason I wash my brushes because you never want white mixed in to your tones into your shadows. To create a smooth transition here, I used some of the dark hue and the first tone to mix a color in between, so sometimes that happens when you go to apply the paint onto the painting and you see that there's a jump. I just take those two colors with my brush and mix a color in between. I also go back and forth, you know, You see, I grab more of the hue on my brush and go over it, and then that mixture that I've made to create this soft transitions. And I'm working wet into wet, so sometimes you have to adjust your colors a little bit. And so that's what I'm doing here to create the smooth transition as it gradually goes to the darker values. - Here I go back to the hue and smooth out that transition by going back and forth across the line and, um, just working wet into wet. - I'm gonna wash my brush and work on the orange slice. The colors on the orange slice are slightly lighter, so I do a lot of mixing here with my brush. But I have the general colors, so I'm just adjusting them slightly as I go along. The orange slice will also have tints and tones, so you're looking for highlights and shadows within the sections of the orange. I mixed a couple different greens to paint the stem in a light tan. Just remember, you want on one that's working as a tone, something that's darker and dollar and one that is in the middle and one that is lighter mixed with white, which is working as the tent. - I've moved the greens on my palate to make room to mix a color for the shadow. I start with blue and red, which gets me to purple. And if I want to make purple more neutral, I'll add It's complimentary color, which is yellow. I add some more blue here because I'm feeling like the shadow looks very blue to me. When I get something I like. I'm gonna leave some of it and move some of it and add white to get the variations or the tents of this shadow. So here I do the same thing. I leave some, and I move some and add a little more white that I mix one more color that I'm seeing that's close to the object that has a lot of orange in it. So it's just a deeper, darker maybe browner color. Yeah, the darkest colors will be close to the object than the shadow gets lighter as it goes farther away from the object 6. Wrap Up: It's Linda. I hope you enjoyed this class how to paint and orange, and I hope it solidified. How important mixing colors is when you're painting, so that's kind of the basis of all my beginner painting classes is showing you how to mix the colors that match values, and that's just what creates the magic Campaigning to me, it's about color is about understanding color. So whether you're painting an orange or an apple or banana, it doesn't really matter once you understand how to mix colors and apply them. I really hope you enjoy the class. Upload your work. I would love to see it and happy painting.