How to Paint Like Lowry | Tate

How to Paint Like Lowry | Tate


my name’s Kathryn an artist based in
New York sure like Lowry I’m inspired by Manchester and Salford architecture
which is traditionally built using red brick that has become synonymous with
the two cities for me the most intriguing part of Lowry is how he
captures regular people going through the ritual of daily life
Lowry’s artworks make you feel a bit of a voyeur but he also invites you into the
scene to paint like Lowry you’ll need paints medium gel cotton calico a
palette or bowl a canvas frame a staple gun and some staples paint brushes a
palette knife and some inspiration today I’m going to draw inspiration from the
popular painting at Tate called dwelling ordsall lane Salford you can buy a premade canvas but I’m going to make my own today
prepare the cotton calico it may help to draw around the frame to give you a
rough idea of size cut it two inches bigger than the canvas frame next paint
the gesso onto the cotton calico using a large brush and then directly rub the
paint into the fabric using your fingers apply two layers and wait to dry before
stretching the canvas around the frame lowry tacked the nails down the sides of
the canvas when stretching and fixing it for ease use a staple gun it’s neater
and more time efficient first draw about a rough outline of the
image for angles and perspective his use of perspective is very considered it’s
good to always refer to a photograph for general outlines and form Lowry would
have mainly used oil paints to create his paintings interestingly he went with
just five colors yellow ochre flake white Persian blue vermilion and black
if you are new to paint in working in acrylics is easier use a gel medium to
add texture it also allows for a speedier drying time mix a base color
for the building in the foreground I chose this building because of the red
brick I feel like it’s akin to everything that is Manchester add
layers as it dries the juxtaposition of the more
contemporary buildings and the backdrop gives you more of a context to the time
that were actually in then build up the other structures signposts street lights
or other buildings you can see that he did it from memory because of the
naivety within it and build up the different elements on canvas from ideas
to form uncanny dreamlike compositions but at the same time suggest real
locations like Lowry use your fingers or scratching to the surface to create form
and texture use white to block off the areas of the painting to create a
rougher surface the figures of the last addition to the painting be inspired by
the Lowry matchstick men use a stick to draw the smaller shapes and paint the
larger forms using a brush with the figures it’s the motion because of such
simple forms and yet they have so much energy
here’s naivety he’s beautiful and he obviously did a lot of people watching
and it’s kind of more of a social commentary when you look at his work
more than it is about the architecture it’s more about the people than it is
about the buildings that are around it there you go
why not give this a try and play with some of Lowry’s techniques yourself

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