Art-Along Paint a Pumpkin 07/05/2020

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Hello all, here are the details for our online class this Thursday evening, 7th May.
This week we are painting pumpkins in a virtual still life class.

I will be demonstrating shadow techniques, dry brush techniques (for the wood grain on the table) and mixing pure paint pigments on the paper (charging).

This still life is of a pumpkin from my pantry which is waiting to be roasted and turned into soup!

I have photographed the pumpkin from above to make the most of its lovely markings. We will be using a limited colour palette this week to retain the harmonious natural colours of the skin.

Do check out the colour suggestions below – I change them every week to match the painting we are doing.

Pumpkin_3_KarenSmith ©KarenSmith

If you’d like to join in, you can download my original line drawing  image:

Pumpkin Line Drawing © Karen Smith, May 2020, you may download this line drawing for personal use only, this image may not be reproduced or copied in any form.

For our session you will need:
  • Your Pumpkin printout, ordinary copy paper is fine for this exercise.
  • A spare piece of paper to try out your paint mixes on before applying colour to your painting.
  • Watercolour paints: warm yellows, a warm blue, a yellow- green, a pale brown, a grey.
  • Watercolour brushes, (small – round 3 or 4)
  • 2 pots of clean water
  • Rag or kitchen roll (for wiping your brushes on)
Here are some of the watercolour paint name colours you may want to use.

Cadmium yellow – (C05 swivel paints)
Ultramarine Blue – (C34 or C36 swivel paints)
Sap green – (C25 swivel paints)
Yellow ochre – (C38 swivel paints)
Burnt Sienna (this is a warm brown we will use with Ultramarine blue to create interesting shadow tones) – (mix C17 & C33 swivel paints)
Paynes Grey – (mix C43 & C37 swivel paints)

Here’s some of the colour names you may want to use from the 36 Inktense pencil set:

Cadmium Yellow
Bright Blue and Deep Indigo
Leaf Green + Apple Green mix
willow + Deep Indigo + a little Violet (for the shadows)
Paynes Grey (or mix Charcoal + Deep Indigo)