A red what?

Why / How… the red wash.

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This was a technique that I was taught by fellow artist “Warren Haney” when I had lessons with him some years ago, and it is a technique that I really love to work with . Originally taught to me for the use in acrylic painting, it is still a technique that I use today with oil painting. In fact… I really wouldn’t know where to start without it!

WHY:

The red wash is done primarily over your sketch as the very first step to your painting process.

By brushing a streak free ‘tint’ over your sketch you are setting a ‘mid-tone’ to your work. From this mid-tone it is much much easier to begin the actual painting of your subject as all the lights are knocked back a tad.

Now you can start to ‘bring in’ or ‘paint in’ all the whites and lights in your painting. Set against the tinted background, this gives your painting a much more immediate ‘finished and rounded look, as the highlighted areas are really popping right off the canvas already! Using this technique also gives you a lot more feedback and a better suggestion of what your painting is going to look like when it is finished. I find it is much easier to stick to completing your painting when you love it at EVERY step, not just at the end!

ADDED BENEFITS:

Using the ‘red wash’ to underpaint your painting also seals in the graphite of your drawing so as not to stain the paint when you begin painting.

HOW:

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After finishing your drawing, either on paper OR on canvas… prepare your ‘red wash’. For my red wash, I use a small dab of Pyrolle Red Aterlier paint, roughly enough to just cover the tip of your finger. Place paint into a high sided container. I then add Atelier clear painting medium. This medium is milky white, but dries clear. Add around 80 mls of the medium to the paint. The consistency should be such that when you spread the medium over a sketch with a brush, that you have a nice, light tint over your sketch and can still see all the details of your sketch clearly.

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When mixed, pour the wash over your sketch… very dramatic… I know!

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Using a soft and hopefully ‘streak free’ brush like a Hake… spread the tint over your entire sketch…

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Don’t panic… but DO continue to spread the tint without stopping. If you allow this stuff to even partially dry before you finish it can get very gluggy and patchy!

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Hint: the larger your brush, the less streaks. Continue until you have a beautiful even coverage of your tint.

Eh VOILA!

A beautiful ‘red wash’ over your painting to seal in your drawing and create a perfect mid-tone from which you can paint.

NEXT:

Oh well, I guess you will have to wait for my next post! But in the mean time, I would love to hear how you go with this technique if you try it šŸ™‚

Warm Regards,

Tara Spicer.

 

 

My artistic vision…

Pics from the studio...
Pics from the studio…

Hi all, and thankyou for following my site, my career and my epic journey on this artistic life path. Wow, what a mouthfull of an intro šŸ™‚ . But it is for a cause. It is the new year and as I was teaching one of my art students last night when she inquired as to whether I had made any New Year’s resolutions for 2013… you know, I had not even taken a single second to think about it! Not even on the first day of the year between early morning yoga and the glistening sun later that day at Noosa Beach. This came as little bit of a shock to me as I am the sort of person who would normally make a very conscious and considered effort to take the time and space to ‘time out’ and sit down… to surround myself with crystals and candles… to do a quiet andĀ focusedĀ meditation and basically sort my soul out whileĀ transcendent hippy music soothes my senses softly in the background!

But not this year! This year just slipped in quietly and unnoticed between my toast and morning cuppa!

So I made the concerted decision to “better late than never” sort myself out last night and to make sure that I was still ‘in the flow’ for 2013. I rummaged through some of my older stuff to try and re-discover my intent for my artistic career and what I HAVE to share with YOU… and to my absolute unbounded artistic joy… this is what I found, written in the archives of long ago, straight from my heart:

“I believe that painted images have the power to create s shift within a person, not unlike a song or a well read story, that changes the person from that moment on. It is in this belief that I create the works that I do, in the hope that I can bring warmth, magic and hope to those who love my work… That on some level, the viewer is moved and their faith in this world and their own light is restored and inspired.” Tara Spicer

WOW. I could not have said it any better!

So I welcome each of you warmly with heart felt genuine intention that it some gentle or even bold manner… through my artworks and though my intentions throughout 2013, that you are ‘moved’ and that you are ‘inspired’ by what you find here.

Love and Light,

Tara Spicer – Artist.

STILL TO COME:

* Pics from my first piece for 2013

*HOW TO – generate your own’ creative composition‘!

* HOW TO – paint your own creative composition masterpiece in oils

* MORE INSPIRATIONS

 

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Title: The Path… the Show, Sacred Law and the Timeless Crow.
Medium: Oil on Gallery Linen
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