Clifton Demo

This demo was for students from George Mason University. Every year for the last few years I have come out to The Clifton institute to demo and talk to freshman students about how I interact with nature as an artist. This year 120 student were there to ask questions and see my process as a painter. As an artist I support preservation of native ecosystems and biodiversity and I appreciate what the institute does.

I decided to paint the house with its striking pink color against a very blue spring sky.
For a scene like this with the sun at my back I must be more careful to check my values and colors. If you don’t pay attention when painting in the sun like this you can get your paintings too dark. For this painting I used a palette of warm and cool primary colors; Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue Alizarin Crimson Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium  Lemon and Titanium White

 I  make a careful drawing of the scene and the other elements with a big brush. I use mostly flats for my work preferring their versatility to other brush shapes. Using flats allows me to paint with fewer brushes overall which mean a lighter rig to carry. I like Robert Simmons Signets they are the best brushes on the market in my opinion and hold up to all of the abuse I put them through.  I’ve tried every other brand out there and nothing else comes close in quality and durability.

 Because the color of the sky is so important to my idea for the painting I put that in first. When starting relatively early in the morning like I did the sky can change dramatically as the day progresses so getting it locked in is important.

Working from large to small I mass in the local color and tone for more of the elements.
I continue this same process and then start to refine shapes and angles and clean up any edges and drawing errors that become more obvious as I work toward finish
The completed painting pink and blue 24 x 30 oil on linen Painting time 3 hours.

1 thought on “Clifton Demo

  1. Very nice demo Armand. I like this pink house. You're right it looks wonderful up against that blue sky. 120 students? That could be a bit distracting… Well done.

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