A step-by-step Impressionist Acrylic Painting – The Final Part 4
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This video below is the final part where we refine the whole painting. Balancing clean blocks of colour with more painterly elements.
The next 7 steps
Step 1. Creating a ‘Big Look’
Often, at this stage of a painting, large quantities of tea are needed!
Having a fresh pair of eyes to reassess how your painting is working as a whole is essential.
For this painting, I felt there wasn’t a balance between colours, so I mixed a soft peach colour using Cadmium yellow light, a touch of Cadmium red light and white.
I move it through in a foreground band towards the bottom of the painting.
Step 2. Blocking in the Lavender Field
Having stepped back from the painting I decide to block in the purple colour we first started with. This gives us both a contrast in tone and a nice mix between smaller brush marks and larger blocks of colour.
I add a touch of Titanium white to the mix and apply a thick band of paint just below the building. This lighter band helps to separate out the mid ground and gives a calming area of colour just beneath the focal point – the farmhouse.
Step 3. Defining the mountains
Using the hog hair brush, I mix Titanium white and the tiniest amount of Cobalt blue. I then blush in a lighter tone to the top edge of the mountain, to blend the white into the sky I use my finger.
Step 4. Balancing the sky
It’s important when you’re painting in this style not to get too precious about certain areas of your work.
Impressionist style painting is a process of redefining and painting over parts that may have been working well at an earlier stage. As a beginner, this may seem a bit of a tough blow, but the majority of paintings have many hidden layers to them and parts that have been adjusted for the balance of the final piece.
I now add a bit of the purple to the right-hand side of the sky and blend it through with a Cobalt blue and Titanium white to give a subtle effect.
Again, the painting started off by using colours from the mountain in the foreground and now this is bringing the mid-ground colour into the sky.
I continue to bring this powder blue mix back on top of the purple.
It’s a real case of ‘toing and froing’ with a style like this to get the desired effect.
Step 5. Guiding the viewers eye
I now add a muted yellow that has a slight diagonal line.
This moves the viewers eye around the piece rather than having too many strong horizontal lines, it’s a subtle effect but it really makes a difference.
The return of the double loaded brush!
If you notice, on my brush each side has a different colour. I had dipped one side into the lilac mix and then twiddled the brush in my fingers to load up with some of the yellow colour.
I can then paint a more broken colour effect very easily without having to go back to the palette. This produces a lovely muted tone with the acrylics, often more associated with Oils, as the colours mix in together ‘wet into wet’.
Step 6. Reinstating the mountain
This little mountain got lost in the painting process, so I’m quickly painting him back in and move a few dots of the blue down the piece.
Step 7. Finishing Touches
Now for the finishing touches, I mix a lovely sunshine orange using Cadmium red light, Cadmium yellow light and white to add a final ‘wow’ factor to the farm house roof – basking in the sunshine!
I move this colour with a few brush marks to the foreground of the piece, they are only little marks but are the finishing touches that bring this piece all together.
The Final Piece
Now all that’s needed is a large glass of wine and imagine you’re in Provence enjoying the landscape!
If you want to learn more about painting with an Impressionistic style, you should have a look at my Beginners Impressionistic Seascape Course