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How to Paint Rain on the Window in Oil

Skill Level : 2 Intermediate3 Advanced Medium : Oil Painting Subject : CityscapesLandscapes Tutor : Nolan Clark Class Length : 2 hours 24 minutes

Class Description

In this tutorial we will head out into the rain and learn how to paint a rainy landscape as seen through the window. During the class you will learn: 1) How to make it appear as though you are looking through a window 2) How to paint the background so it looks out of focus 3) How to paint rain drops 4) How to paint running streaks of water 5) How to paint mist on the window 6) and much more… In this tutorial we will paint a window covered in rain drops. As the window is transparent we will need to paint what is on the other side of the window as well. In our painting we have a lady walking past us in the rain. What makes this painting interesting is the fact that we are looking at the water drops and not what is in the background. We then need to create the illusion that the background is out of focus. To do that I start by blocking in the colors I see in the background on the corresponding areas of the canvas. Although I know we are looking at trees, a figure and an umbrella I am not going to try to paint any of those. I'm simply going to paint the abstract shapes caused by these objects. To do this I have mixed up several greens and browns using Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green and White. These colors are then blocked in using a standard bristle brush. As you can see I am laying these colors down individually on the canvas without trying to do any blending. I fill up the canvas with paint, but avoid the umbrella area. This area needs to remain clean otherwise we will lose the vibrancy of the colors in the umbrella later. If you are scared you will accidentally paint into this area feel free to mask it off using clear cover or masking tape. Once you are happy that the canvas is mostly covered, you can use a soft, clean and dry brush to blend adjacent colors into each other. The secret to making something look out of focus is to lose all the detail. That means that adjacent colors will look like they are merging into each other and all hard edges will be lost. As you blend, blend as gently as possible. You don't want the paint to move so far across the canvas that you lose your initial shapes. more....  

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