The Papaya – Oil Painting tips from Los Angeles Gallery of Art K.L. Britton

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 6.58.58 PM

The Papaya

Oil on Panel 8″x8″

20180704_105209

I am very lucky to be surrounded by people who love art.  I met Marian at the Sean Cheetham workshop, and she invited me to work in her studio once a week.  We get together with some very incredible artists and practice speaking Mandarin and English, teaching each other about painting, and learning from Masters.  Here is our selection this week, with my Edge Pro Gear Paintbook Pro as my go-to for longer sessions, although with the 8″x8″ size of my panel, the Sketchbook Pro would have done very well.

20180704_105255

Our setup, some rich, luscious papaya slices and grapes!  Looked delicious.

20180704_105302

Here is a picture with my palette part of the way through.  Here you can see each “section” has it’s own area on the palette.  I can use these to mix with one another in order to show things like bounce light.  Ex, the green went into some of the shadows because the grapes were getting the light through them onto the fabric shadows.  Think about these things and mix enough of your colors that you can use some of it in unexpected areas.

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 6.58.58 PM

I almost would have loved to do a larger piece of this – get in there with a small brush and add detail, but I’m always on a time limit.  I do enjoy the way this looks finished, particularly the grapes!

Howdy – Portrait Painting Tips from Los Angeles Gallery of Art K.L. Britton

Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 9.06.30 PM

Howdy

Oil on Panel 8″x8″

Available at Flower Pepper Gallery 

So this was an interesting small portrait I wanted to do because, as you may know, I am a Southwestern type, and I love Western Art.  I grew up in Arizona, which had a huge influence on me as I was surrounded with traditional realism and fantasy combined.  When the rest of the art world went modern, Western art stayed strong, depicting gorgeous images of desert landscapes, horses and cowboys, Native Americans, and so many other wonders of historical and modern times in the West.

Growing up, my home was full of artwork, from a detailed landscape with lightning, to some fun plein air paintings in the bathroom, and colorful coyotes in a bedroom, art has influenced my life forever.  I stared at paintings for hours, picking out details I’d never seen before or simply wanted to appreciate one more time.  I plan to enter more into the world of Western art, because it’s so much in my blood.

Thank you for reading.

Figure Painting Processes and How To – K.L. Britton Art Los Angeles

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 10.32.38 AM

Spirit Animal

$350.00

18″x24″ Oil on Canvas

US Shipping included

Buy Now 

 

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 10.32.15 AM

The creation of this painting was inspired by reference photos of my lovely model.  I also had an idea that I wanted this cool theme, but wanted some major areas of contrast so her body wouldn’t be the focus of the painting.  To do that I surrounded her black hair with a white “halo.”  This adds the pop that lets you look at her face before you move to the rest of the painting.  Lately, I have been considering my composition a lot in advance of painting.

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 10.32.38 AM

This is the final painting, although the white balance on this photo is a bit on the warm side.  The background is a dark, dark blue, which is enough to really come out with the strong contrast of golds and yellows I used in the background that are mirrored in her headpiece.  She is wearing a rattlesnake tail with turquoise – reminiscent of her background of growing up in the Southwest, and her spirit animal, the Rattlesnake.  She wears shells in her hair to show that she has traveled to the ocean, and moved a long way from the desert she first belonged to.

Also she’s hot.

 

Thanks for reading.

Sean Cheetham Painting Day One and Art Tips by K.L. Britton Art

Over Cinco de Mayo weekend, I had the pleasure of painting with Sean Cheetham at his workshop.  I knew I’d be integrating this information into my painting and drawing classes at Los Angeles Academy of Art, so I wrote down detailed notes and got as much feedback as possible.

I’m going to go ahead and present it photo by photo:

Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 2.33.52 PM

This was the biggest struggle for me in this painting.  If you’ve seen my previous painting posts, you know that I block in large areas of mid-tone first, and then work in from there, on top of an under-drawing.  The way Sean showed his painting was with very little drawing, and absolutely no lay in.  He went straight for each shadow area and light area, starting with the darks so he could get that rich, gorgeous contrast he is known for.  Here you can also see that I had my panel toned for cool light – the warmth would show in the shadows and be covered in the lights.  Unfortunately the model was under a warm light, so I switched plans on day two.  The Edge Pro Gear was well loved and I’m sure a couple people bought it after seeing how convenient it was for me 🙂

Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 2.33.59 PM

This was very challenging for me, particularly because Sean mixes his paints on his palette, and puts them straight on the panel as is.  I am used to working in the mixes on my panel – I can put straight cad red on the panel itself, and blend it with my huge areas of light and dark to get what I want.  In this case, I had to know what it would look like on the panel before even adding the brush stroke.  I was sweating!  More because it was 90 degrees, though.

Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 2.34.23 PM

Here is a crop of my finished work.  One thing I started to look at more was also the brush strokes.  I really love the one light indicator under his chin, it is a confident, deliberate stroke that I planned in advance, instead of just painting it in.

20180505_115908

Sean’s painting.

20180505_123933

More on that.

20180505_153040

We had amazing artists in the course, including Natalia Fabia, who just won an award at Portrait Society of America, and Jeffrey Watts, as well as Erik Gist and Ryan Heitman, all from Watts Atelier down south.

20180505_094449

Here is a selection of Sean’s work.

20180505_094453

I’m a fantasty and RPG addict, so of course I had a close up of this one.

That’s all you get for day one, but day two is coming next 😀

Thanks for reading.

More paintings, because that’s how I roll. K.L. Britton Art Los Angeles

K.L. Britton Los Angeles Gallery of Art small Painting

The Sailor, 6×6 Oil on Panel – Available for purchase here.

One of my other obsessions is fountain pens.  This is a Sailor 1911 Extra Fine with a beautiful gold nib and it writes like a dream.  Had to paint it, of course.

Los Angeles Gallery of Art K.L. Britton

You can find the digital version of this study a few posts back.  I may do yet another – this stunning study by Sargent uses a very limited palette, almost a Zorn palette, and yet it conveys so much.  His is unfinished, and so is mine.  6×6 Oil on panel.

Los Angeles Gallery of Art - K.L. Britton Edge Pro Gear Sketchbook Pro Setup in Malibu

My Sketchbook pro setup in the wild.  What an easy setup – I was on, painted, and cleaned up in under an hour!

Thanks for reading!