Bill Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting

There is a lot of  videos on YouTube claiming to  show you how to paint this and that. When in fact they are  just  sped-up painting demos, where all you see is the artist hands blurring away at the canvas. Now, you tell me how are you suppose to learn from that? Those videos are a waste of time and they do not teach you anything. They are pretty to look at though, but lack any substance.  However, now and then you come across a few gems, like Bill Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting. Jack Pot! Bill Martin’s YouTube channel  has 4 to 7 minute video clips on his approach to oil painting.  He  goes over the basics,  shapes, contrast, value, and the  color wheel. He then walks you through a complete still life painting , from preliminary sketch to refining and finalizing the painting. I know what I am going to be binge watching over the weekend. 🙂

Still Life Tonal Underpainting

Still Life Underpainting

Still life tonal underpainting of pear. Terra Rosa, thinned with 50/50 Gamsol and linseed oil, was used for the lights. A mixture of Terra Rosa and French Ultramarine Blue was used to establish the form shadows. A mixture of Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine was used for the cast shadow.

I started out blocking in the simple lights and dark forms, including the cast shadow. I then proceed to incorporate the reflected lights on the form. What is not seen to the right of the pear,  is a gold  plate that reflects the primary source light coming from the upper left back in to the pear. Their also light  bouncing off the table into the bottom left of the pear.

The blocking-in went rather quickly, since I had already demarcated the lights and darks in the underdrawing phase. I chose to use Terra Rosa as my hue for the underpainting because the pear overall color is reddish-brown.  The background was a mixture of French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna with a touch of White. The next phase is to do the overpainting, the completed painting. However,  as to what style to paint the pear in, impressionistic or realism, I am not too sure. I guess we will see, won’t we.  😉