Painting Lessons

Painting Lessons Free Painting Lessons Student Testimonials About the Artist Painting Blog Painting Lessons Help Contact me Special Offers
  Your Shopping Cart
CHOOSE A LESSON
Drawing Color Landscape Still Life Figure LIVE! Tools Biz ALL

Painting Workshop 31
 

Demo Painting

"Block Study, before and after broken colour" 7x7" each.
Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson

 

 

< Previous Workshop | ALL | Next Workshop >

    Quick Links
     
    Join the Current Workshop >
     
    The Challenge
    Student Gallery
    Painting Critiques
    Video Tutorial
     
   
  Workshop Signup


This Month's Challenge

Broken Colour Basics

In this workshop you'll learn what broken colour is and how to achieve it in a painting, starting off with a deceptively simple block study from life. In the following workshop we'll learn how to apply this technique to a more complex painting, but this workshop contains the keys to that learning.

Workshop Challenge

Set up a still life of a coloured block or some other simple object with a single light source upon it. Paint a small colour study of the block as you usually would with flat plains of colour, then follow the instructions in the demo video to add broken colour into each large colour area in your painting until the whole image is shimmering in harmony. Make sure that wherever you add broken colour that it is the same value as the colour you are working into, but a different hue. That's the key. Enjoy!


Here's a video explaining how to analyse colour and value with a colour checker:

Can't see this video? Watch it on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVny7BswdqY

Get The Ultimate Painter's Tool here: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/ultimatetool/index.php

 

You can learn more about using broken colour here.

Note: If you can't see the videos on this page (above) or on Youtube, I can't help with that sorry - there will be something wrong with your computer settings, but I'm no computer wiz. You would need to contact a computery person to fix that problem.

 

Gallery of the Month's Workshop Challenge Entries  



Painting Critiques

Student Painting

"Workshop 31 three color study" Oil on Panel 6x6" Each by Xiao Li

Great to see you trying it with different coloured blocks Xiao. Tonally these studies are very well observed- you've got that nailed down. Your broken colour is pretty subtle. I encourage you to try increasing the colour contrast further, really pushing the broken colour idea. When you push it beyond what looks good to you you will have found the limit that you can work within in the future. Good work.

 

Student Painting

"Broken Color Workshop 31" by Luba Robinson

Nice work Luba. I can see all sorts of interesting colour in there. Beware of making patterns with your brushwork - having more variation in brushstroke size and direction will add more interest to the painting.

Student Painting

"Block Study" 4x6" Acrylic on Canvas by Yngvar Nilsen

Good work Yngvar. Tonally this is very good except the grey table top could have looked more interesting with a subtle tonal gradation from right to left in keeping with the light source. The ochre colour in the background seems to be muddying the colour there at the top - perhaps a different colour choice would have worked better there. Little gaps through to the canvas spoil the illusion in a few places.

 

Student Painting

"Broken Color Study" 8x10" Oil on Canvas by Lisa Bower

Lisa that's a good looking lemon but there's not a lot of obvious broken colour going on here. This is ready to put some in. Note that you can lose the edge of the lemon more in some places (often in the shadow side) and you can extend some orange into the background from the light side of the lemon to give the appearance of glowing light. Good work spotting the yellow reflection in the table top. Now that you have a fairly good grasp of painting realistically like this it's your opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and really play with this broken colour idea - or any other idea for that matter. Have fun!

Student Painting

"Green Block Study" Oil on Canvas by Michael Severin

Great work Michael. By adding warm yellows to the lights and cool violet and blue to the shadow areas you've created a convincing warm light effect. Nicely done.

Student Painting

"5x7 Acrylic on matt board" Oil on Canvas by Hyun (Jane) Kim

Exciting work Hyun. Tonally this is great and colour is very powerful against the dark background. Kind of a shame it's in acrylic because some of the dry brush and overpainting inherent to acrylics is detracting from what is mostly beautifully fluid brushwork. The small flicks of broken colour are interesting but the pink on the frin and the light blue in the top right are too light and therefor breaking the illusion of form of the cube. Nice work in the spotlight effect and the glowing colour off the top.

Student Painting

"My red cube final step" Oil on Canvas by Jocelyn Arsenault

Let me just quote Michael Severin's comment on this...

"Jocelyn, You must, must ..find colors and values that relate to your step 1 ....this is crucial to depicting the planes of the block. This statement is for everyone doing this workshop ....Broken color is not about painting indiscriminate spots of color/value. The broken color MUST relate to the values and colors that make up each plane of the block. The light side of the cube MUST depict .....LIGHT! To do that, you must choose colors and values that relate to .....LIGHT. The dark side of the cube must depict ...THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT ..therefore, the absence of warm colors. In this red block, the dark side of the block would be painted first with a COOL red ..because it is not receiving light. The light side begins with a WARM red ..because light is warm. The broken color effect then must RELATE to these planes ...not fight each other."

- Michael Severin.

I agree with all that, except that of course sometimes the light will be cool; on a cloudy day or through a window not facing the sun, which gives us cool lights and warm shadows. But anyway the first problem is the choice of colours in the initial blockin as Michael said, where if you have a warm light source you should use your warmest red or red/orange for the light side and a cool red like alizarine crimson (which leans towards blue) for the shadow side. The problem with the broken colour is mainly the value of it - not bad at all in the shadows where it tends to match the values there, but it should be lighter in the light areas in order to match values there. Adding green into the warmred/orange light side is always going to be tricky since green is the compliment and will tend to gray the red/orange down, so you'd be better to stick with yellows, oranges and possibly a little violet for that side, but again, they need to be the same value.

 

 

My final paintings

Demo Painting

"Block study 2 - broken colour" 8x8" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson
In retrospect, the blue on the top has gone too far because it has overtaken the grayed orange on the top which should have dominance. Of course it's all subjective - there's no one right way of doing it, but my heart wants me to stay true to the obvious colour and keep the broken colour as a sub-dominant - the verbrato on the main note, the spice in the meal.

Demo Painting

"Block Study, before and after broken colour" 7x7" each.
Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson

 




brush

Get the Demonstration Video


Demo Painting from workshop

Painting Workshop 31
Broken Colour Basics

In this workshop you'll learn what broken colour is and how to achieve it in a painting, starting off with a deceptively simple block study from life. In the following workshop we'll learn how to apply this technique to a more complex painting, but this workshop contains the keys to that learning.

 
 
All prices are in US Dollars.
Viewing online requires broadband.
Running time: 33 minutes.
Full Moneyback Guarantee.
   
 
 
View Online: $10
(also allows Download)
$ Currency Converter >






Workshop Signup
 
 

 


 


All Content Copyright © 2010 Richard Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Learn to paint art step by step, tutorial DVD, Online Video, Ebook and Live Painting Lessons by Professional artist Richard Robinson.
Painting Workshops  Painting Lessons  Drawing Lessons  Color Lessons  Landscape Lessons
Still Life Lessons  Figure Painting Lessons  Painting Tools  LIVE Painting Lessons  Art Business 

FREE Painting Lessons  FREE Drawing Lessons  FREE Color Lessons  FREE Landscape Lessons 
FREE Still Life Lessons
  FREE Figure Painting Lessons  FREE Art Business Lessons

AFFILIATES    |    Powered by 1ShoppingCart.com