Spring is here and so is my first online video class!
This course will be held online on this website and will include in the price the following:
1. Class Fee of $65 – 6 hours of High Definition filming
2. Written Pattern with a 4″ X 6″ photo $10
3. 5″ X 7″ Grey Pastelbord $4
4. Shipping for pattern and Pastelbord $6 for USA customers (International buyers please email for a Paypal invoice with appropriate shipping charges.)
This class will introduce you to colored pencils and will also show you how to apply pencils using a circular and linear motion. It will explain my colored pencils’ blending technique. And, as an added bonus it will include my blended acrylics background technique.
You must prepay and pre-register for online classes. Payment is non refundable nor transferable. Videos are copyrighted and for home use only. They should not be copied or shared with other people. Supplies will not be provided unless it is specified. Online courses will be held online on my website. All videos are recoded with a high definition camcorder.
We will start mailing the Patterns and Pastelbords on March 17. The online class will start on March 24 and run through May 24.
|Artist Expo Classes|
|Sneak Peek of the pink rose I am painting over the top of a jewelry box.|
|A Little Surprise!|
|New seminar piece in colored pencils
Visit my website for information about current seminars.
|1. Monday 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Five Kinds of Painting
There will be samples and door prizes
|2. Wednesday 1 :00 to 4:00 pm
Class 0620 Passiflora - Colored Pencils
|3. Friday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Class 0670 Jingle Bells - colored pencils
|4. Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm|
|New Oils Piece – 2 days|
|Oils Seminar – Music City Oils Guild, Nashville, TN – June 21-23, 2013|
|Contact – Al Bray at email@example.com|
I am in the process of desining a new colored pencil piece and would like to have your input. Do you want to see more flowers in pencils or more birds? Please send us an email with your feedback.
There will be a new colored pencil tip on our next blog as well as pictures of other upcoming seminars. Stay tuned.
Colored Pencils Tips and Techniques
I like holding my pencil at a 45 degree angle, except if I need to get inside a crevice of the paper. In that case, I hold the pencil at a 90 degree angle.
To release some of the pressure on your surface, try holding your pencil further away from the tip. Holding the pencil very close to the tip gives you more control, but places more pressure on the surface.
You can test how much pressure you are putting on the surface by sharpening the pencil to a needle point, and then using it to paint on top of your hand. If you are using the right amount of pressure, then you should feel only a soft tickle on your hand.
I prefer to use a circular motion for everything, except for painting bird feathers in which I prefer a linear motion. When you are using your pencil, the point flattens and “moves” to a different place. Thus, while doing circles, I will rotate the pencil when necessary to maximize the use of my point. Rotating the pencil will allow you to use that “new” point and you will need to sharpen your pencil less.
|What is on my easel? Colored Pencils|
|Sweet Bluebird Surface – Pastelbord|
Oils Tips and Techniques
Choosing the background color for your painting is very important and I like doing it before starting the painting process. I paint my surface with an acrylic color that matches the color I have selected. Sometimes I need to mix several acrylic colors to achieve the color I need. I also paint a piece of mat board with this color. When I am mixing my oil values I paint a swatch on the painted mat board and decide if that color goes well with the background selected.
|Cool Background||Warm Background|
Note that the roses look brighter and more radiant on the left as compared to the right. I prepare my mixes using the background on the left. I wanted to create more depth in the painting so I glazed it with darker colors but the mix I used was too warm and took away the vibrancy from my painting. I repainted the background using the original colors but at the same time using more values and creating that depth I wanted. However, I had to cover all the greenery that was in the background. I will post a picture when it is completely done.
Acrylic tips and techniques
DecoArt Canvas Gel Medium is an excellent product that helps extending the drying time of acrylic paints and helps you with the blending process.