Session 2 #2 - Masterclass with Paul Taggart

[STEP 4 – First Layer Impasto] .........................While the underpainting is still wet, it is overpainted with tube consistency colour mixes. First colours in this layer are dark, dull versions of the colours that will come to be in the final painting. For instance in the sky – the first, stiff layer is a mid-value blue. The underpainting of STEP 3 now shows through because it is not completely covered – which allows me to apply subsequent colours over and/or next to each other, making for a more interesting play of colour against colour. For this stage a larger bristle bristle brush as used to effect the bold strokes required. Foreground colour contrasts vary depending on whether the weed is submerged or above water. Objects above water level have strong contrasts between dark and light (dark accents, light highlights). Below water, contrasts are muted (mid-value accents and mid-value highlights). [STEP 5 – Second Layer Impasto] ...........................Layers of stiff, tube consistency colour mixes are built first from dark, then through the mid-values to, finally, the lights. In this layer I concentrate throughout on texture. This is achieved visually by using dark colours as a thin layer, building to deeper layers for the lighter colours. Colours applied in this layer slowly begin to resemble the colours that will ultimately exist in the finished work. Directional brushstrokes help develop the ‘structure’ of the painting, on which all of the paint layers to follow will depend. While objects slowly become more identifiable, I still avoid becoming too detailed. Focal points such as the houses, boat house, boat, rocks etc. begin to develop. ............................‘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

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