Announcement- I am very sorry to have to announce that due to the covid 19 virus I have decided not to restart my art classes this September as I feel I could not give one to one help that is needed safely. I will let everyone know as soon as I feel it's possible to start again and also announce the restart date here, Sarah I tutor two adult art groups- 'Brush Strokes' at Hillview sports club, Clonmel and 'Templeniery art group' at Templeniery church, Bansha. Both groups meet weekly for a two hour painting session one afternoon a week, Clonmel on Wednesdays and Bansha on Tuesdays. Classes run from February to November taking several breaks during the year especially for the height of summer. Spaces are limited but if you are interested in joining you would be most welcome to inquire. The groups are for all levels of experience and mainly for painting in oils.
Oil Painting Techniques
Broadly speaking there are two main ways of painting in oils, alla prima where most of the work is finished in one session and building up in layers over weeks or even months.Although I do some sketching in pencil, watercolours or oils most of my oil paintings are completed back in my studio by the longer more considered method. I go for long walks in the countryside seeking inspiration with my sketchbook and camera until I have found a landscape or scene that really speaks to me, as realistic painting is not only about technical ability. 'Painting is another word for feeling' -John Constable When you paint a scene that touches your heart, awes you, or lifts your spirit, your painting then becomes something really special. It doesn't have to be grand, a simple scene can sometimes be more beautiful as beauty can be found in many unexpected places the key is in looking and really seeing. I will show you what I mean by painting in layers with this painting below entitled 'Birch Trees' using step by step photographs, each image represents a session of painting which I let dry before painting the next stage. You can see how I started at the back with the sky and distant hills and worked forward to finish up with the fine detail in the foreground. I will update this page with more tips and insights into painting methods from time to time.
You can clearly see how I built up the painting in layers, allowing each layer to dry before continuing. the first layers usually takes about a week to dry as I use very little painting medium with the paint but in later stages I use liquin original medium which does help speed up drying time to a day or two.
Painting in watercolours in quite different from oils and I have put this small, simple example together to show how. Orange Tip Butterfly on bluebells In this painting I want to keep certain areas of the paper white (where the butterfly will be) by using masking fluid to allow me to freely paint the background before the foreground (which is much easier than painting the butterfly first and having to carefully paint the background around it later!) I have made it into a slide show but you can pause at any time.