How to Paint a Still Life With a Painting Knife in Oil – Orange Fruit

How to Paint a Still Life With a Painting Knife in Oil – Orange Fruit


Hello my friends and welcome
to another Tuesday of tutorial! I am Leonardo Pereznieto and
today we will paint a still life using a knife. First we tone the canvas,
so I rapidly put some paint on it with a brush, and smooth
it out with a rag. I did this with acrylics so it will dry fast. The oil paint holds well to the acrylic
medium, and while it dries I prepare the subject. An orange and an old container
to boil water. I start the painting by marking some
dots, that indicate some key spots of the outline to then, make my line. I´m using Burnt Umber, for this. And although the painting will be done
with a palette knife, the sketch I do it with a bristle brush. The surface is already dried. I tone it because it is hard to see
the colors, against the white canvas. After we have the outline, we fill in
the areas that are in shade as well as the cast shadows, with the same color. We can do corrections with a rag,
and a little solvent. By the way, I will upload a long version
of this tutorial, to my Patreon account. The link is below the video. Ok, good! let´s begin the fun! The first thing I will do is paint the
highlights. We grab some Titanium
White with the tip of the knife, and lay it on the canvas. You can use either the tip,
or the long edge, usually on the down side of the knife. Now I mix yellow and orange
to paint the orange [laughter] how original! And we lay it on the canvas. Very good! We lay it little by little,
like so. I actually switched my palette
knife for a thiner one, because this painting is so small. We mix different tones
and lay them on the orange. The most intense orange will
be in the upper part, like here and then it will be a little bit more yellow,
and toward the bottom I will add more green. I am not copying the orange and the container
exactly, fully realistically because I want it more artistic. I may change the
colors and give it a more surreal look. Now I´m laying the base color for
the area in shade. A lot of people say
when they see a nice painting, they tell the artist, that it looks like
a picture, as a compliment. While for us artists, if someone tells us
that our art looks like a picture, it is more like an insult than a compliment
[laughter] because with strive to create our art, much better than a picture. And more attractive than reality. So I mix the colors on the palette
with the knife, and grab them with the tip or the edge of it
to apply them on the canvas. And once the color is on the canvas,
I may mix it a little bit more, right there… more so than when I paint
with a brush. We apply the paint little by little and let´s put a highlight
here. One thing that it´s important
is to always wipe your knife clean, when you change from
applying one color to the next one, wipe it off completely. Very good! Now let´s start doing the background. I will do it some sort of purple. With the knife it can be done
fairly rapidly, actually. We do the shadow, the orange
and the vessel, and we add some of the texture to it. I don´t want it to be smooth
like it is right now, I mean the container, so I will be adding little strokes
to give it a nice texture. In this way, it will be much more
interesting, I think. We give it some light reflections
with the Titanium White, but also some spots reflecting the
orange and some dark ones. Very good! ¡Excelente! It does take more patience
to paint with a knife than with a brush. And the technique and
the feel, are a little bit different… so please do not get disappointed
if it doesn`t come exactly the way you wanted it, the first time you
try it… or the second one. With some practice, you should
be able to get very beautiful results! The palette knife has its own
language, its own expression which is unique and wonderful. Let´s add this strong highlight over here and do the handle, add it a tone. Al right! At this point I like how the
container is looking. Now let´s give a better feel
to the orange. To accomplish this we apply
smaller dabs of paint, in the direction like following
the curvature of the fruit. That starts looking much better! And we don´t do just one
color, of course, but we add a little bit of yellow… and green,
and a brownish red for the shade. And there should be some reflected
light bouncing from the surface. So let´s add some grayish
down here. We reestablish the cast shadow
underneath… and I want to add a sort of glow, above the fruit. Al right! And let´s add some reflection
on the surface as well. Of both, the orange and the vessel,
of course. Also the darks should be reflecting. I hope you can join me at Patreon
for the long tutorial, with all the detail and information. But for now, I hope this was
helpful and that you enjoyed it. If you would like me to make
more like this, please let me know in the comments. We give it the last details, the last
little touches, and it´s ready! If you enjoyed it please give
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and to Patreon. You know where to follow me,
the links are below. And I will see you
on Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜‰ Subtitled by Grethel Trejo

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