Session 1 - Masterclass with Paul Taggart

‘Masterclass with Paul Taggart’ is an occasional series through which you can follow Artist and Author Paul Taggart as he works on one of his principal selling paintings - completed over many weeks of intensive work. “Painting is my passion and sharing that passion gives me enormous pleasure. Although I work in all media, most particularly in my tutorials; nowadays the work produced for Private Collectors is primarily in oils, with watercolours, acrylics and pastels being used when specifically commissioned. .............................. Viewers of my tutorials will know that traditional techniques form the cornerstone of my work – which requires time and deliberation. This considered approach means that oil paintings take many weeks, if not months and in some cases, years to produce. .............................. Viewers of my work are fascinated to understand the process that I work through to arrive at the finished painting and for this reason we started to produce filmed reveals of some of my paintings, such as ‘Lone Piper’, ‘Bonspiel’ with accompanying narrative – this collection of films will also build. .............................. Followers of my tutorials are equally fascinated to get to grips with the traditional techniques, to have a greater understanding of them and so it is we will film a selected number of Masterclasses, focussing on one particular painting at a time. .............................. However, to film each and every stroke as I paint would involve a monumental amount of filming and viewing time – which is why the filming will focus on one particular section (perhaps one other), so that you can watch that develop from start to finish. .............................. We do hope you enjoy these films and pick up additional hints and tips from my method of working”. .............................. MASTERCLASS SESSION 1 Subject : “Reflecting on Longhope Sound” from Paul Taggart’s ‘Awash with the RNLI’ Collection .............................. Medium - Oil Painting on Gesso Panel : Size - 18½ “ x 10” (470mm x 254mm) : Technique - Traditional Technique of working from dark to light, using lean to fat paint mixes, featuring techniques such as tonking, glazing, tinting and more. .............................. Materials Used - [OIL PAINTS IN TUBES] : Core Colour Palette of six primary colours - red-purple [Rp] : red-orange [Ro] : yellow-orange [Yo] : yellow-green [yg] : blue-green [Bg] : blue-purple [Bp] : plus Titanium White [Tw] : Underpainting White {Uw] : Zinc White [Zw] [MEDIUMS] – Alkyd Medium : Alkyd Gel Medium : Odourless Thinner : Household Turpentine [BRUSHES] – Oil Painters Bristle Round Brushes (various sizes) : Sable Round Brushes (various sizes) [PALETTE] – Oil Painters Wood [MISC] – Painting Knife [SURFACE PREPARED]using Acrylic Medium and Acrylic Gesso Primer .............................. [STEP 1 – Drawing] The thumbnail is transferred as a simple skeleton on which large masses can be balanced against one another. Shapes are kept bold, complex curves avoided. Linework is executed in a turpsy fluid colour, using a large brush, to prevent over-enthusiastic detail. .............................. [STEP 2] – Complementary Underpainting The composition is ‘abstracted’ by painting in bright complementary colours, which serve as a counterfoil for subsequent paint layers. Thus, where the sky will be blue, a bright orange is applied and so on. Paint consistency is still fluid with enough thinner in mixes to spread colour swiftly, so as not to overwet the surface; which would make subsequent layers difficult to apply and build. The bright complementary result allows the composition to be viewed as balanced areas of colour, before detail is introduced, which would ‘blind’ the eye to the abstract nature of the composition. .............................. [STEP 3 – Redrawing] Redrawing with slightly stiffer paint mix (although with a little thinner added) is carried out at this stage – now introducing some basic detail and curves. Basic forms are used to identify particular objects – boat, houses etc. Foreground weed and rocks are gradually described by picking out their rhythmic forms and movement. Focal points throughout are carefully placed to keep the eye focussed within the painting. Again, a large bristle brush is used to avoid introducing fine detailing at this early a stage.

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'Art Workshop With Paul Taggart' - TUITION AND GUIDANCE FOR THE ARTIST IN EVERYONE - WATERCOLOURS : ACRYLICS : OILS : PASTELS : DRAWING the Free-To-View Online Painting Tutorials webshow that is built around a number of different strands aimed at providing artists of all abilities with detailed painting tutorials, hints, tips and exercises to help them develop as painters. As with anything in life, without the knowledge of how to go forward, the chances of enjoying it are diminished considerably. Artist and Author Paul Taggart is delighted to share his knowledge and expertise of over forty years standing as a Professional Artist and Tutor with others - so that they can in turn delight in and develop their creativity. The growing schedule of episodes covers the four established painting mediums - watercolours, oil, acrylics and pastels, as well as drawing and colour mixing. Check out the various strands - which currently include : 'Learn To Enjoy Painting ' : 'Learn To Enjoy Colour Mixing' : Painting Problem Solvers : Painting Equipment Focus : Painting Topical TIps : Workshops : Step-by-Step Tutorials : Features : 'Our and About with Paul' : 'Learn To Enjoy Painting Portraits & Figures' : Masterclass