How to Paint Night Scenes | How I paint a night view:
When you want to paint a night view outdoors you might want to:
- – Premix your darks (indoors): to know/to be conscious about the color palette you will use (what color family you will choose)
- – Start the painting with a fully tinted background (color: can be anything: brown, purple, green, yellow, red) (Can be ‘wet’ or dry)
- – I paint with oils. When I have a full midtone/dark underlayer – I add in lights first (!)
- – That way when you touch these dots, painting surrounding colors, you automatically get the ‘halo’ effect
- – Never forget what light is, like viewing a candle: the effect of the light dot in the immediate surroundings/reflections/halo
- – The small lights I apply with the point of the palette knife (or back of a brush will do)
- – Re-add the painted-over lights (and still have the lighter (mix) part in, giving the dot the halo effect. Example white light here in the middle.)
- – Squint squint squint, testing values, simplify the scene
- – Use a mirror to keep testing ‘the abstract’ shapes and compo
- – Use LEDs if there isn’t a street lamp
- – Leave your painting alone when finished, sleep on it and view it again in the morning!
Thanks Painting Buddies! In the picture: Roos Schuring, Carole Gray-Weihman, Thomas Jefferson Kitts.
More painting buddies: Al Tofanelli, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Ray Roberts, Stuart Fullerton, Sergio Lopez, thanks to Rich Brimer also.
We’re at the end of this California 2014 Series!
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