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 surface; to clip or fasten your paper to. Slightly larger than the paper.

Brushes – Squirrel Mop, Medium Round, a Flat (1”w), and a rigger. Synthetic & natural mix

Water container - for rinsing brushes

Spray bottle – small size for fine misting

Paint palette – with mixing well and dedicated wells to squeeze pigments into. (Use better grade pigment brands to ensure quality mixing - student grade paints are mostly synthetic binder that result in blotchy mixing of pigments)

Suggested pigment colors include warm & cool version of 6 primaries + couple earthtones.

· Cool Yellow (cadmium light, lemon yellow) & Warm Yellow (gamboge, Indian yellow)

· Raw Siena (or Yellow Ochre) & Raw Umber

· Orange (I use Schmincke’s Transparent Orange)

· Burnt Siena (or Quinachridone Burnt Orange) & Burnt Umber

· Warm Red (Pyrol or Cadmium) & Cool Red (Alizarin, Opera, Magenta)

· Warm Violet, Cool Violet

· Prussian Blue (a deep dark)

· Ultramarine Blue & Cobalt Blue

· Cerulean Blue & Turquoise Light

· Sap Green (warm), Veridian (cool), Cad Green Light (light apple green)

Pencil (HB or softer), kneaded eraser

Handful of tissue for blotting; soft rag – to manage amount of water on your brush

Hair Dryer or Heat Gun