Workshop: Tropical Treasure with Randy Hale

Ahoy shipmates! It's time to jump on board with professional artist Randy Hale for another exciting 2-3hr workshop. Filmed live from Colorado on 23rd March 2021.

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In this workshop Randy will be walking you through the steps to paint a derelict ship run aground on a tropical reef. Randy will show you how to start with an idea but then expand to tell a story. In this workshop you will learn....

  • Placement of shapes to achieve good compositional layout.

  • Create value contrasts with darks & lights, warms and cools to establish a distinct sense of NEAR, MIDDEL, or FAR.

  • Paint airy soft sky & clouds but design them to subliminally lead viewer to the centre of interest in the NEAR foreground.

  • Work with sedimentary pigments that help us feel distance, and use bright, staining transparent colours for the reflective surfaces of water.

  • Learn how to soften edges to give impression of shapes far off, while letting important closer shapes be more defined and focused.

If desired, participants may want to prepare the sketch prior to the class

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Example painting

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Ref sketch

Recommended materials list

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Recommended materials

Watercolor paper –(300 gsm) or 140# equivalent, cold press – my paper size will be approx. 11”x15” (28 cm x 36 cm equivalent)…a good size for completing a painting in our allotted time.

Board - lightweight rigid surfac