How to Paint Oranges 8 Different Ways Part 2 LIVE: Discover Your Personal Art Style Painting Demo

How to Paint Oranges 8 Different Ways Part 2 LIVE: Discover Your Personal Art Style Painting Demo

Hi hey it’s Dena Tollefson and welcome
to my studio, I’m so glad to have you here and this is a we’re going to be
doing a fun activity today and this is about how to paint oranges got some
oranges here in eight different ways and I was having a little bit of a craziness
earlier so we’ve got let me go in and find the chat again if you’re new to my
channel I appreciate that you are here and I hope that you’ll subscribe and if
this is your first time first time and if you’re back and you’re a friend and
have come back again I welcome you back and I’m so glad to have you so I’ve got
the Pencil and hey Violet Connie and thanks everyone for coming back so we
had had started this stream before and I had gotten these other things painted
and then we had a some kind of a technical issue and Diana hello again
and Angie hi welcome and Eve and Chrissy so I’m glad to have everybody here and I
appreciate your likes and I appreciate you guys subscribing and then ring that
bell so that you’ll not not miss if any if there’s ever a new stream or a new
video coming up so what we’re talking about today is developing your own
personal art style and how even if you have an art style already it is so
important that you that you’re always you know we as artists we need to always
be growing and thinking and exploring and so by doing this little exercise
here and you can paint along with me or or you know just do this on your own
when you go in and you try a different art style what happens is it makes your
standard style or the things that you normally do makes you think about it
differently so I’ll just go over the styles that we have here so far and so
and again so this is a style that I do that I’ve developed over time it’s
called Daubism and there’s this thick it’s a form of
variation of pointillism and there are these thick slabs of paint but I’ve also
done realism this was a painting that I’ve done back in 1993 and then the
action painting or the Abstract Expressionism that I’ve done and so
thank you Eve and yeah my style is super textured and so this this kind of style
is just very it’s all about expression in about moos and I have little watercolors that are in a
whimsical and more realistic more naturalism I’ve got a this is some
surrealism than I did this represents in surrealism you want to have things that
mean or a symbolic of things so this is “God’s Eye Through Time” is the name of this
painting and here’s this represents Christ on the cross and he sacrificed
for us and there is this river which was our sins but was purified and
the shadow represents sin and then this is representing these waves in the land
of representing time so just some more action painting some more abstract just
really the idea here is just expressing style a form of cubism and this is
actually called suprematism this is a form of Russian avant-garde art so I
feel like artists I wanna always be learning and
growing and trying new things and by doing that we always you know we can
come back to our style and then we you know decide is there something that I
like is it something that I don’t like I’m going to show you a book out of
Rothko this is a we’re all familiar with Rothko the color field painter this is a
book with a foreword from his son but we look and say like you know we’re used to
these this is called color field work this is the work that he was famous for
but take a look at this painting this is a painting that he started with in 1944
this is a very symbolic painting and that looks really nothing like his you
know his other work that he became famous for and that’s I think really
typical of a lot of different painters so it’s just fun I think and this is
what I’m just doing here today is just a fun different way of exploring different
art styles and when we do when we look at different art styles and this one is
cubism here so the idea with cubism you’d want to dissect the subject
analyze it and then describe it in geometrical form and you can use shading
with it or you can use just you know solid forms of color and this painting
style was developed in the early 1900s by Picasso and Braque and so what you’re
doing is you’re looking at your object with multiple viewpoints so if I go in
and add a little color and I’m painting this just in acrylic and so the idea
with cubism is you fill up the entire picture plane and you can use curved
items too it doesn’t all have to be straight and you can allow other colors
to fit you know to go in so here I’m for example having allowing some of that
purple and that cream color to come together
and so so Eve you’re saying oh and hey Wandering thank you also friends thank
you everybody for joining I appreciate you guys okay for purple yes and Tania
okay so if you’re saying you’re trying a different art style and your drawing anime
characters but a bit different but yeah and it is so it is so important to
always be you know exploring and looking at new things as an artist because what
can happen is is that we can get stale and what we’re doing or we can just kind
of be just doing the same thing over and over and the passion and the excitement
that we had when we first started doing it it could go you know it can tend to
go away so sometimes it’s almost like taking a vacation it’s like doing
another art styling and and if you’re for example if you’re showing in
galleries or you’re already known for your certain things you can make these
other artworks and what you can do then is just make them for yourself or you
know make them and don’t show them so I live in Cedar Rapids and we have a
really large Art Museum of Grant Wood’s works and Grant Wood everybody thinks
about Grant Wood as the American Gothic painter and then he had kind of these
little forms that he developed and he did a style called regionalism but he
also did like most artists do he also did a lot of different styles so he did
Impressionism he did sculpture he did woodworking all
different kinds of things yeah and Pokemon is anime absolutely yes
and Eve I love your dog drawings by the way I think if if you guys haven’t seen
Eve Harvey Art you need to go out and check out her work she does a lot
she loves mandala mandalas and does um does this but she’s a student out of the
UK and is super supportive of everyone which all of you guys are by the way
I appreciate that you guys are here and so Eve you’re saying that you’ve
done a couple these are their characters yeah I’m excited to see what you’re
gonna do next absolutely so in cubism you can do a
thing where you create a look like some of the areas some of the shapes are
receding and some of them are advancing forward and you can do that by shading
so for example and you want to keep your lines all straight I’m getting a little
messy with my lines here but if you draw them out with a ruler so when we do this
like this then we can make this idea that some forms are regret moving away
some forms are coming towards us but that’s and then going back over here let
me just talk a little bit about realism or naturalism that’s the a lot of a lot
of us are familiar with this where we’re just trying to describe the object
realistically or as we see it Fauvism is using the color
Gauguin, Van Gogh had done some work that was a bit fauvism but fauvism I tend
to do on my work I tend to follow that where you don’t necessarily feel what
the color of the object but you’re going to look and find color as its own
expression or color as its own element color field or minimalist work is all
about everything is very zen everything has to be a flat two-dimensional plane
and that type of thing and yeah Mona I’m
like you I like looking at different styles for me that’s a it’s just a
thrill to go in and do that okay so here’s pointillism so the work that I do
that my the work that I’m currently doing a lot of that the galleries that
represent me show my Daubism so Daubism is a form of divisionism which is also a
form where you don’t have anything blended so in the idea of pointillism so
let’s get something started with pointillism. so I’m going to show you how you do this
so all you need for pointillism is just a little brush I’ve got a little filbert
brush kind of a little older brush but look for something that’s kind of short
and stubby and and what you do with this whoops let me get a drink of water
excuse me little drink of water there we go okay so the idea that we have when
we’re doing pointillism is we’re going to be thinking about the object with
just we’re gonna represent it only with little pieces of color or little dots of
color we’re gonna do that with a flat brush so it’s a form of divisionism and
and so what we do is we just take the color and I’ll just show you I’ve got my
acrylic paint here you can do this with really any paint any you know called
pencil whatever but I’m just gonna take the and just pounce the brush in and
then what we’re doing is we are just describing the object through color and
you can get as you don’t nothing is blended here so we’re only just doing
the color and then we’re representing the color with this dot and so you
wouldn’t necessarily okay so you’re still here okay thank you okay and
pointillism yet Madonna I love pointillism too- so when I’m the Daubism technique
that I do is like a form of in a way it’s like pointillism because what I’m
doing is is it’s color that is not blended one end to the other it’s just
individual colors that are laid one by one on top and then the color the colors
will optically blend and you can create some neat effects with pointillism that
you can’t necessarily get when you do because the colors will will blend in a
way that your eye will view them as more colorful than they are necessarily what
we mean by that is there’s this effect with our eyes the way our eyes see color
opposites so what the pointillists would do is they would put like okay for
example I’ll put some blue in here so the pointillist would say that they knew
that orange and blue are opposite on the color wheel and if you put those colors
together you can create some areas of tension and some areas that are more
calm and that’s a way to create a painting and what the idea here is you
can start with something that has a color underneath it already or and hey Davy good to see you thank you for joining and Soleil and if I’ve missed
anybody and Mona if I’ve missed anybody thank you for joining and I appreciate
your likes I appreciate you guys are here and and so I’m gonna grab some
color here I’m gonna grab a purple so we can do a lot of pointless work does not
look super does not seem to have a lot of contrast and that’s usually cuz all
the colors are melding or blending with each other but you can create contrast in your pointillist work by using like for example a little darker shade
that kind of thing so the idea with pointillism and pointillism is almost
like knitting to me it feels like knitting or like doing I’m gonna get a
little yellow here grab this I’m just using pure color and just putting it so
this is the light part of the orange so what I’m trying to do is represent in
pointillism you want to have something that looks realistic but you are only
doing it with a pure color that is not blending around together I like it a
little bit more yellow to describe this orange and we can also let some of the
other colors something that you can do that you can’t necessarily do in other
techniques to see I can put the yellow you can get this colors kind of really
everywhere and you can create some neat effects with pointillism
and hey Jo so some purists who do pointillism will say that you can only
do it with like red green and cyan they’re like three colors red green no
not red green red yellow and blue but but most of the pointless if you go up
in close and look at their work most of them used a variety of colors if you
go up and study their work but but the point list idea was started in 1886 and
it was Georges Seurat and Paul Signac and if you ever get a chance to go to
travel to Chicago the Art Institute there has got some really wonderful
examples of pointillism so and these again it’s just flat dots of color that
are put on with pounced on with a brush and this was a
this came off of a form of Impressionism and then basically you just keep on
going and you just keep on adding more and more colors so let’s get some more
of the orange since this is an orange and we can use all different colors so
we can put the red in here this can be as colorful when you’re doing your
version of this you can be as colorful or as neutral looking as you like and
then just building up these colors and building up these layers so you can see
– like how the color field is very calming pointillism tends to have kind
of a more of an in my mind kind of a more of an energizing kind of a feel the
we’ll get some red dots in here and you can even create the idea like soft edges
that type of thing by where you place them where you place your colors that
type of thing let’s get some more of the turquoise and so also this doesn’t have
to always just be dots of color when you’re doing pointillism it can also be
dashes dashes of color all right let’s get more of the diarylide yellow and this
is just literally a process of just building up alright so here let’s talk
about the next color and I’m going to just let this dry and then come back
here a little bit and back on the realism now this is dry it a little bit
we can go in and add just a little bit more of a highlight because with realism
we’re trying to get again as representational as we can make it look
as how we think it actually looks and then let’s get a little bit more of a
highlight and we’ll take that back off blend that
back in just like so take my bigger brush and just a matter of you could just you
can take this as far as you want I mean this could be just a sphere or you can
take this as far as you want and you know really work on the blending and
soft edges and you can just keep on going with it just like any of these
styles and it’s kind of fun to try all these different styles let me also show
you I’ve got a book here this is just showing how a lot of different artists
over the years this is my van Gogh book by Gerhard Gruitrooy I wanna show you
for example so we’re all familiar with Van Gogh’s style that he did your
“Starry Night” and some cypress trees and we’re familiar with this texture that he
would create and the way he would move his brush but take a look at his some of
his other work that he did this one is called “the Weaver” and if you look and
see like this is a “Still Life with Bible” and the cottage when you look at this
you can see that he did also what we call more more naturalist work or more
realist work and this almost even has a tonalist quality to it so so it is
important to see there’s also Monet this book is from and Henri Lallemand take a
look at that for example when we think about Monet we don’t normally think
about his work that he did that was not so impressionistic is what we see here
this kind of thing so so all artists really you know they may not be when we
go and look at them in a museum if it’s a retrospective and oftentimes the
museum will be showing us all of the work that they can get a hold of but
oftentimes you know people just become famous for one thing and then we don’t
think about all the other work that they actually did so the next style that
we’re going to talk about here too why is action painting and this is also
okay so this is also Abstract Expressionism or action painting so with
action painting and Valkyrie okay so you’re saying that you’re learning color
think oh yeah yeah there you go absolutely and and I’m excited that you
know everybody every artist is gonna have their own approach to how they do
their work that kind of thing and I love it if people will go out and do you know
make your own version of this go and take you know I’m gonna try hey these
these eight different styles and see how do I respond in these how do I feel
about this sometimes what can happen is you can try something like this and then
all of a sudden it’s like oh my gosh you know I love this thing so this style
this abstract expressionist painting and let me show you this is really just
purely emotion that’s like a motion on a stick
emotion and there’s no thought about you know does it have look like something
does it need to feel like something so action painting sometimes people will
look and say oh I see a bird or I see a fish you know that type of thing but
these are all examples of my work that I’ve done or I’m just it’s just pure
emotion without when you paint an action painting what you want to do is you want
to be painting just purely from your heart from your emotion from your
feeling so so if you did for example an abstract expressionist the idea when you
paint like this is it’s the physical act of painting that’s the important thing
so Willem de Kooning Jackson Pollock you know with the drip paint drip paintings
smearing paint splashing paint just emotion this
style of painting was very popular in the 1940s 1950s but it’s gestural
abstraction so let me paint this orange in using action painting so I’m not
going to actually paint necessarily I’m just painting how do I feel how you know
what emotion is is going through my mind with this and so I’m taking these same
colors and it’s really just just this and now this is my response to the
orange done in an action way and it’s it’s so different than for example color
field or minimalism where it’s quiet and it’s gentle or pointillism where it’s
just very precise cubism where you’re thinking of fracturing action or action
paintings Abstract Expressionism it’s just that moment that feeling and when I
look at this I get a whole different response than I get like for example
when I’m looking at a minimalist work or I’m working in minimalist
if you haven’t done Abstract Expressionism or action painting I
encourage you to do it it’s you want to think about your arm think about your
wrist and get your whole body into the painting so so let’s take a look now at
this next style so this is called tonalism so with tonalism the idea and let
me just get a fresh little bucket of water and I hope that you guys do this type of
idea this type of exercise on your own also because it’s it’s very freeing and
it’s very exciting to you know to go in and to try these different these
different methods and just to see you know what can be created doing doing
these different topics or these different different ways of painting so
let me show you next this idea of tonalism so I’m just gonna
grab what tonalism is it is a they’re American artists starting in the 1880s
through 1915 it was popular and oh Romeo okay Romeo is roosting right now so he
is he is quiet absolutely but yeah Romeo’s doing well so this let
me get just a little bit of paint so tonalist work is it has like an
atmosphere it’s called like atmospheric work and so James McNeill and George
Whistler did a lot of this kind of work and what what this did was this was a
there’s an overall tone there’s a lot of neutrals that kind of thing and it feels
kind of a misty and it feels kind of mysterious and so it’s got these these
leaders what they were doing is they were trying to create something that had
like a soft form and they were trying to express this idea of unseen what they
called unseen air so what they did is they they wanted it to feel kind of
misty and kind of quiet and gentle that kind of thing so if we did an orange for
example you can see that with a color film in the middle most we have just
these two and there’s no blending and you could have some blending but
typically no blending typically no shading but on a tonalist painting you
absolutely will do shading you’ll do shadows shading that kind of
thing so I think if you are gonna do two paintings and want to contrast them I
think these two kind of feelings are a neat way to to do that so how you do a
tonalist painting then is let me grab a little bit of this this green that we
have and the green can be the shadow but with a tonalist painting we want all of
our we want to have soft edges we want to have muted neutrals that kind of
thing and so so the so we’re gonna mix and blend and make sure that everything
feels soft and feels neutral so we’ll come back here with more of this soft
green and then we can go in with a little bit of a like a yellow but if you
think of a combination between a color field and a realist as is how you might
do a tonalist oh and Davy you love Norman Rockwell yeah I do too
absolutely I do too yeah and Norman Rockwell he did a lot of you know his
style he did a lot of things that were almost a hybrid between illustration and
narrative painting that kind of thing so let’s just get the green but this idea
with the tonalist work is that and I’m gonna actually go in and blend these
edges we want with tonalist work to not have anything harsh and we need to get
this feeling of atmosphere so I’ll just kind of work the colors into each other
a little bit let’s get some more of this green color but our idea here what
tonalist work is the focus is on the atmosphere around the painting or the
air the painting and how the objects
interact with this air quality and it feels different than the color field or
the minimalist work because of that so again if I’m gonna do but I started
the entire painting with just putting the this kind of green color over
everything so and we also can do with tonalism we can have darks in there too
it’s you know that’s absolutely fine but we just tend to not put anything too
jarring you can get a little bit of a dark under here everything is soft everything has this muted feeling okay all right and you guys have a feeling on
what let me know in the comments and the chat here what are your favorite of
these eight styles do you have a style that you prefer to work and write that
in now if you would I’m curious to see what people are gonna say what their
favorite personal style which which one do you like the best
or which one are you most drawn to Oh Valkyrie I’ve not heard of that
artist I will look him up afterwards absolutely all right so let’s see now if
you can if we can get a little bit more on the cubism and again the cubism it’s
usually you want to do a lot of layers and blending and that kind of thing and
you can blend with cubism you can use really any color that you want for
blending and for highlights but if you just think of these individual forms as
flat picture planes that kind of thing all right and then we can get a little
bit more you can just keep playing with with all of these you can just keep you
know doing more and more detail that kind of thing oops see I’m having so
much fun I just keep going just keep working at them this it’s a addictive to
go in and try these you know make these boards and and just try and just do the
different styles okay so let’s try now this last style to try over here
oh you painted and in the yes in the Cubist style absolutely that sounds neat
Joe I’d love to see that okay so this last one is surrealism this left or fourth one that will or
eighth one that will try is going to be surrealism so with surrealism that began
in the 1920s and surrealism should have an element of surprise and what we’re
doing with something surrealist is we are doing a doing a allowing the
subconscious to express itself that kind of thing and it’s supposed to be
symbolic so you would do like if we’re gonna paint in orange we don’t want to
just necessarily paint representational orange we want to when the orange can be
realistic and we can have realistic elements in it but what we want to do is
put something absurd or put something shocking or surprising and integrate
that into the work itself so for example if we want to do let’s get an orange
going here get a little bit of a shadow and let’s put him let’s get some ground
going here for him and Diana you said that you’ve mostly
worked in stylized realism or representational abstract you want to
try yeah the action painting I would think that’s awesome
Davy you trying to grow a Dali moustache oh that’s funny I love it I love it yeah
so Diana you know I’ll say the action painting I just watched your livestream
and you actually were doing action painting because you were working with
alcohol inks and you were letting you were blowing with the alcohol ink and
turning the canvas and applying the inks in an intuitive way and you actually
were doing action painting so yeah I like I liked what you were doing yeah
and Mona I totally agree abstract a lot of times people will think that abstract
painting is easy to do but it actually they’re it’s tricky and it can it can be
hard to do so when we’re doing something that’s
surrealistic it’s literally surreal or it’s like it’s like illogical where the
illogical becomes logical or the improbable becomes possible so if we
just drew for example a orange and let’s get the core going back here
again so we can basically just paint the orange however we want but then we need
to do a you know something different or something unusual with it so let’s get
the bottom going on here so we’ll have him grounded we’ll do the same idea that
we did here by putting the black underneath so let’s ground with black get a little black going here and then
let’s get some of the shadow color onto the table so with surrealism and a lot
of people are familiar with like Salvador Dali and Magritte, Max Ernst
those names what you’re doing is you’re allowing this subconscious to express
itself and so when you do this you’re saying you know here’s what’s in my
here’s what’s in my mind or here’s this crazy dream that I had and I’m gonna
paint what I saw or paint what was in my head and so there was a lot of fantasy
and imagination that goes into a surrealistic piece and so okay so and Tania you you’re saying
that you like abstract but and you only have one on your main hall well you know
the thing too is it’s like I think we as painters sometimes I think that we think
oh we could only paint this way or this is how we’re painting now and it’s it’s
invigorating and it is liberating to go in and it’s like having a junk-food day
or something just go in and do something completely different and in doing that
it’s it’s this emotion and it’s this excitement that we can feel that we can
make something new in a new style and what happens as you bring to it all of
the other knowledge that you had before so if we’re gonna do something something
here let’s let’s just make something let’s do you know a little craziness
here with this guy let’s get some of that turquoise that we had so let’s just put like an eyeball in or
do something do something unexpected or unusual and so so in our orange the idea
is that we have a sentient orange it sounds almost like something that would
happen in Pencil’s live-stream Pencil Connoisseur what do you have a sentient
orange but when you’re doing your surrealism then it can be just you know
whatever you want it to be yeah and try that an acrylic yeah absolutely Diana I
think you’d be really great at that absolutely okay so let’s just mix up a
little white so and the thing to with surrealism as you can make it as
realistic or unrealistic as you want you can you know you can just go and make it
kind of kind of messy kind of not messy you know however you whatever you’re in
the mood for but the idea that you just need to do with the surrealism is that
it’s going to be some element of fantasy and it’s going to be something that
would not normally happen in nature combined with things that would happen
in nature and so if we just you know when we person can just keep going with with this and no I’m really into an eye and yes and then Pencil did do a
sentient lemon just yesterday on his livestream which was pretty awesome and so you were doing elements of Surrealism
Pencil with your work alright so let’s get just a little
something in the corner of his eye and that type of thing so all right and
Pencil’s livestreams are amazing yes if you if you haven’t if you haven’t yet
gone to Pencil’s livestreams oh my gosh they’re so good he’s doing right now 400
requests challenge and he’s going to be taking all of these all these challenged
drawings and then taping them together and making something very long
and oh and so Jo you said you have a Dali clock and Davy and your wife has
got one – that’s awesome the “Limp Clock” yeah yeah yeah and oh and
you just saw Valkyrie yeah and even or – absolutely so now what you can do is so
you can go back and then you know now when these are dry you can just layer
them and change them and do whatever you like to these to these studies and then
think about – if you’re thinking about like oh I don’t know what my art style
is what you can always do is go back in and say you know what I enjoyed doing
this one but I didn’t enjoy doing this one and think about why you did or why
you didn’t and what will happen is naturally your style you know might come
out of that or might evolve from that so all right well I want to thank you guys
for coming to the studio today and I hope that you’ll try one of these little
things again this was just a you know a little orange you can really do these
kind of studies with with anything in like a
or a box or you know anything that you want to try but I would just suggest if
you’re going to do it pick something super simple you can’t get any simpler
than you know then just a sphere but just do something simple and then lay
out your colors and and then just just have fun so thank you so much everyone
for joining today and I hope to see you again in my studio so until next time
this is Dena Tollefson and bye bye


  • รงizim yap says:

    very good sharing.. 1234 ฤฑ subsc.. good luck..

  • TianaDIY says:

    i cant believe i missed it!!

  • The Painting Stoof says:

    this is such a fun idea! I love your take on the cubism version of the orange!

  • Carey Bridges says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I love learning about things.

  • Helen Schaefer says:

    I wonder if years from now, people will include Daubism developed by Dena Tollefson, as an art form to be admired and included in demos like this. You could be famous in the art world. I can see this happening, so keep up your love for your passion of artistic expression.

  • Divine Art says:

    Hi Dena, great video. Loved to watch how easily you can paint in any style. Last time I came to join live stream there was some glitch and I was unable to enter live chat so I just watched:)

  • kaneez Art says:

    Awesome work u are best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • Allison Lyon Art says:

    I love your style Dena ~ sad to have missed you live! My style is ever-changing I feel like ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deborah Art says:

    That is a wonderful excercise. Thanks for showing that book's content and sharing.

  • Ella Pesonen Art says:

    This is such an awesome idea! It's great to see all the different ways to see one object. I think learning to do this is especially important for beginners as it can open your eyes to so many possibilities. Thanks for taking the time to show us, Dena ๐Ÿ˜„

  • George Thomas Artist says:

    Brilliant video! Very informative and enjoyable to watch ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Draw with Jonny says:

    You have a really nice Art style Dena ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Siri's Studio says:

    I love your content.. you give a detailed explanation and easily understood! Thanks for sharing another great video!

  • Ali 22 says:

    Nice video liked keep up the good work and feel free to check out my latest video and thx for the awesome support ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค˜

  • DAVY. J.Y. Art with a pen. says:

    Great tutorial i must say, you create and host live streams wonderfully , glad i caught this one Dena ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It Starts With A Step... says:

    Very cool ro awe the different styles for drawing the orange ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erika Lancaster says:

    Had to check out the second part of this recording! So informative and inspiring. Thanks so much for this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Schaefer Dietrich says:

    Really good information

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