Join oil artist Fiona Hooper for this lovely 2-3 hours workshop, painting a dog portrait with various painting knives. Filmed live on 6th April 2021.
See reference and recommended materials below:
In this workshop Fiona will guide you in drawing Larry the Whippet on a blank canvas using a reference photograph, and then take you through the stages and techniques resulting in a completed portrait.
Techniques to be covered will include:
How to mix the paint with a knife
Creating texture effects
Dragging colours into each other
Painting sharp lines
Scraping back to correct errors or add detail
Painting on top of wet paint
Dabbing to add details and highlights
Broken colour effects
Ways of applying the paint to create the effects of fur, eyes, nose and ears.”
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Recommended materials list
• Oil paints – Titanium white, permanent alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt umber, French ultramarine blue
• Two or three different shape and size painting knives is useful, although Fiona often finds herself just using a favourite one! For painting it is advisable to use the type with a cranked handle to keep your hand away from the painting surface (see image below). A palette knife (with a straight blade) is useful for cleaning your palette. Fiona recommends metal painting knives rather than plastic.
• Palette – wooden, glass or disposable paper
• Paper towels or cotton rags – plenty!
• Support – stretched canvas 40 x 40 cms (16 x 16 ins)
• Coloured pencil and / or charcoal for putting a few guide marks on your canvas. A small mirror may be useful.
Example painting knife with cranked handle