Cold Beach Painting (watch in hd, cc english,spanish)

Uploaded by Atomsphere5000 on 27.01.2009

Hello, and welcome to the Atomsphere5000 channel
Today we have a 16 by 20 inch blank canvas
right here behind me
we are going to paint
a cold, icy, wintery beach scene
using one of the videos from the channel, ScenicVideos as reference
I'm going to start with the sky
Before I do that
I'm going to add a reference line to the canvas
where I think the water should start... where the water meets the sky
and as carefully as possible I'm going to try to make this straight
and I'm not too worried about it because I'll be putting a lot of paint on over it.
So there we have a reference line for the water
I'm just gonna get rid of the paint that's left on my knife
Now to start off the sky I'm going to put a foundation of white on
I'm using a small brush because if I use a big brush it's going to take all the paint
It's just going to soak up into the brush
but I want it nice and even
just using little x's back and forth to spread it out
I've gotten a little blue from my reference line into the sky but that's ok
because we're going to make that blend right in
Now I'm going to take this bigger brush and I'm gonna put some white on it
I'm just going to smooth this out a little bit. Very lightly
So now we have our foundation of white with a little bit of blue mixed in
from the reference line that I made from the water line, from the horizon
which is fine. Now we need to make an icy blue for that gray, overcast, winter sky
So I'm going to use the paint that I have. It's been mixed with a little blue already
I'm gonna add a touch, just a little touch of black
A little black goes a long way
So I'm gonna take my brush, start at the horizon here
give myself a nice, straight line again
then we're just going to dabble in
Start shaping some clouds randomly
OK, so I've brushed on the icy blue color and I'm going to use the big brush again to smooth things out
Very lightly
and there we have the beginning of an icy blue winter sky
Now we're going to start highlighting the clouds. This will be the last layer of the sky
I'm gonna throw in a very subtle pink into this, just to make it interesting
I'm gonna add a little bit of yellow to that
Put some yellow in here
Very, very subtle
I'm just going to smooth that out. Just a little bit
Now we need to add some bright highlights
We're just making the clouds stand out a little more against the icy blue background
Giving it a little depth
It's a mix of puffy clouds and feathery clouds
I'm going to go back and darken up some shadows too
Especially around the highlights to help bring out the clouds even more
So here we have a winter sky, icy gray-blue with a little subtle color in it
a mix of slightly puffy clouds with feathery clouds
The typical Northeastern winter sky
So I need to mix a color for the water
I'm gonna go with this (blue)... mix it right in with the other mess
It's like a turquoise blue
but still gray in some way
so I'm going to add a little black to that
very little
let's see how that looks
We want this to be... oh, right about here
I'm going take some black, mix it in with the blue that I've been using
just to get it a little darker... and we're going to make a new line
just blend it down
ok, now we need to add some waves and some little chunks of ice in this icy beach scene
Using a palette knife and straight white paint
Just make jagged horizontal strokes, trying to keep it where the paint goes on thick...
at the top of the strokes but thinner towards the bottom
You can just apply this randomly and it gives the appearance of waves
The crests of the waves
Chunks of ice
I'm going to smooth it out a little bit here
And there's that
Now I am going to use that blue that we used for the water and just fix up the horizon...
straighten that out a little bit and use it to break up the waves, make them more defined
Once again with the palette knife and white paint, I'm just going to highlight the very tops of the waves
make those crests really stand out... more three-dimensional
I'm going to with a mix of dark brown and black for the shoreline
It's especially dark because of the wetness of the water crashing into it. Anywhere that's not wet is covered in snow
Now I'm going to go back over that with just a little bit of white. I'm going to mix it in right on the canvas
just to give it a little depth, to give it some highlights to mix it up just so it's not one solid color
Now for the white snow just before the dark reeds blowing in the wind
I'm going to use a palette knife for a nice, crisp edge
and I'm just going to use the big brush to smooth out the paint
There are these little blades of grass sticking out of the snow so I'm going to...
mix some green with some brown
The green should be subtle
this is in the winter, just a subtle green mostly brown. Really dark
I'm just gonna start right here
Now I'm gonna use a palette knife and just make this seem more natural
The wind is blowing in this direction so I'm going to...
curve the blades that way
Still using the palette knife, I'm just going to round off the bottoms a little bit
I'm going to take what's left on the palette knife and mix a little subtle gray right here
Just a little subtle gray, to give the snow some depth
Now some white... I'm going to push the snow up against my blades of grass
and now I'm going to take a brush and just smooth things out a little bit
Kind of following the picture, but then again I'm just making things up as I go along
Making things look natural
As these blades are closer to the camera...
closer to you as you are looking at it, they end up with more highlights. So you can see some of the brown in it
So, I am going to start adding some color, just a little bit in the background.
And the ones closer to us are going to have brighter highlights.
Definitely going to see some more brown in it so I am going to add some
OK, we have the sky, we have water, we have a beach. Now we just have to add the foreground
I'm just going to use the dark colors that have on my palette now.
Let's recycle the paint. Use it up.
Using the same colors we used for the shoreline, and for the blades of grass, we are going to make the larger blades of grass for the foreground
Using long, curved strokes, we are just going to layer these. One on top of the other
We're going to add some darker lines and some darkness within some of the thicker blades
and we're going to add some white, just to add some highlights in some areas
And so we have, looking through the reeds and tall grass...
looking upon a cold, wintery beach
[wind blowing, waves crashing]