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Old 08-01-2004, 04:46 PM
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Fantasy Landscape: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3

On the final day of our Negative Painting Workshop, we were supposed to use the techniques from the previous two days to create a landscape. This too is based upon one of the exercises in Linda Kemp's book. Landscapes are not one of my fortes so this is another painting that didn't ring my chimes, but I promised to show you what we did, so here it is.

Size: Quarter sheet
Paper: Arches 140 lb. coldpressed
Paints: Daler-Rowney Alizarin Crimson; Sennelier Neutral Tint; Daniel Smith Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna; Da Vinci Burnt Sienna.

Step 1: Tape your paper down to the plexiglass sheet. Mix a thin wash of raw sienna and apply it all over the paper starting at the bottom and brushing up toward the top in vertical, diagonal strokes. Allow the paper to dry between each application of paint in the following steps.

Step 2: Using burnt sienna, more raw sienna, cerulean blue, and alizarin crimson, negatively paint the tops of tree shapes 3 or 4 inches up from the bottom, drawing your brush upward to fade the color. You can spritz droplets of water in various areas to create texture as you add these paints.

Step 3: Repeat these bands of color going higher each time and varying the width and color of the bands. Pull the paints toward the top. Your mixes will get darker as you go over the layers already on the page.

Step 4: Mix a dark mixture of neutral tint tempered with alizarin crimson into a purplish tone and paint the trunks of the trees in several of your areas using the same technique as in day 2.

Step 5: Use the same body color to add texture and shape to the tree tops and bush areas.

Step 6: Try to direct the viewer's eye toward your center of interest with details and brighter colors.

Step 7: Adjust values, but try not to make it look realistic. Resist the urge to come in and add detail with positive brush strokes. This type of painting should be looser and more painterly than realistic.

I hope you've enjoyed going along on my workshop excursion. Do give this technique a try. It really makes your brain work in a different way and is a great way to break out of a rut.

My painting is not so vivid IRL, the reds especially are softer than they look here.


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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Sylvia, this might not have rung your chimes, but it is definitly beautiful !

Thanks for the explanation of each step, and for taking us along your
'negative' tour !! Positve results !!

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Thanks for the demo, Sylvia.

The first painting I sold was a cottag in the woods with negatively painted tree trunks. I have rarely used the technique since. I must try it again.
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Sylvia, This is outstanding! I keep looking at those exercises, but dont seem to have the nerve to try one....yet...
This is gorgeous though.
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This is quite striking and thanks for sharing your three day workshop. I enjoyed it all and think you did a great job.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Fabulous narration Sylvia. Thank you..

I have rated this thread too.

I think these 3 threads of your should go into the handbook for the negative painting thingy.....
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I certainly did - you do lovely work with excellent explanations
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Fabulous narration Sylvia. Thank you..

I have rated this thread too.

I think these 3 threads of your should go into the handbook for the negative painting thingy.....


I agree!, and have also rated this thread. Thank you Sylvia for your wonderful instruction!
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

This was a good lesson. Thanks for giving us so much detail, Sylvia. I think this third painting was very successful.


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I think these 3 threads of your should go into the handbook for the negative painting thingy.....

Agree wholeheartedly! Thank you for showing us the progression of technique, Sylvia. Very enlightening.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Thanks for sharing Sylvia, and yes I agree with JJ :
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Thanks for looking and commenting Carola, Doug, JoAnn, Ann, JJ, Norah, Deb, Kathy, Debra, and Vasil. Hope to see some negative painting from you guys! LOL!

Double thanks for the rating JJ and Deb. I appreciate that.

Don't know who is doing the negative painting section for the Handbook, but maybe he or she will pick up these threads as links.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Sylvia, thank you so much for the wonderful lesson, your painting turned out lovely. I have only tried this once and not good results. I may try again with your great instrucitons. Thanks you for sharing...

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Sylvia, I agree with what has been said before.
I have been needing to work on my neg. painting and this is a big help Thanks
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop Day 3—Fantasy Forest

Thanks Bonnie and Bob, glad you both enjoyed this thread.

I think negative painting is a great addition to our repetoire of techniques and can add a lot of interest to a painting, especially when combined with positive painting areas.

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