Palette

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As you paint, your palette should develop colours according to this graph.

The Inglis Colour Palette - organised after the Chevreaux colour wheel - Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

We use the 3 properties of colour to define and mix them: 1. Hue. 2. Tone. 3. Chroma.

Put the high chroma colours (straight from the tube) on the outside.

As we mix colours, the chroma decreases and we move toward the centre.

4 steps to Success

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Tone > Blocking > Texture > Detail

This process works well for any subject, from still life to portrait, and any style of painting from abstract to impressionism.

Advantages of working this way:

  1. Speed. You can finish stages 1 and 2 in 10-20 minutes once you know what you are doing.
  2. Style. The style of the painting is not defined until stage 3: texture.
  3. Corrections. Everything in the painting can be changed. Mountains can be moved any time in these first three stages.
  4. Detail is last. You learn to work structurally, not from the surface detail.

Monet: Water Lilies 1919, no.2

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
There is a wonderful world of colour in Monet's Water Lily paintings.

By painting our own interpretations of Monet's Water Lilies we have a great opportunity to develop our control of hard versus soft textures, all in a swirling world of colour.

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
We use round brushes for the entire painting.

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
We begin by sketching in the rhythms and shapes.

This type of creative doodling will work better for you as you develop your basic sketching skills.

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Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
Texture mapping is next.

We control the hardness/softness of the texture by varying the pressure of the brush stroke. - at Inglis Academy
We control the hardness/softness of the texture by varying the pressure of the brush stroke.

Remember the basic brush stroke? - at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
Remember the basic brush stroke? Remember how to create many different textures from one basic stroke?
No?
That's why you need to paint some Van Gogh with me.

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy (image © 2017 Peter Inglis)
After mapping the most obvious textures we put in shadows, flowers, and then whatever else we can see.

It's very unlikely you'll capture all of the colours Monet used in your first interpretation. No problem, just paint what you can see!

In the class we use a version painted by myself, as well as the original on my large video screen, which we can zoom in on to examine details.

Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy Monet: Waterlilies, 1919, No.2 - Learn this painting at Inglis Academy
Some of the beautiful colours in a Monet water Lily painting.

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