Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #9 Follow-the-Leader Step 2

Using a mixed black (ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, click here to learn more), lightly find five big shapes of the landscape employing an open stroke and allowing a great deal of the surface below to show through each shape. See the example above. Find a value for each shape, which will mean as you see lighter shapes you will use less pressure on your bush to let more of the white of the gessoed canvas show through.

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Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #8 Follow-the-Leader Step 1

Today we begin our follow-the-leader project of building a landscape painting. For this first week, you will need to purchase a 40×40” canvas and we will put four coats of gesso on it. You will also need Cheap Joe’s cheapest white gesso, Golden’s Black Gesso, two large acrylic chip brushes and a bucket of water.

We will first take one of our brushes and load the paint with a lot of Golden’s Black Gesso. Starting from the outside edges and working your way in, paint the black gesso on the canvas in random strokes, covering all of the white canvas. Let this layer dry and keep your brush in the bucket of water so that it does not dry out. Next, take the Cheap Joe’s cheapest white gesso and once again starting from the outside edges of the canvas and moving in, paint a thick layer of white gesso covering all of the black gesso. Let this layer dry and keep your brush in the bucket of water so that it does not dry out. You will follow this procedure two more times with just the white gesso ending with a total of four layers of gesso on your canvas. These thick layers of gesso will provide us with a lot of strong surface to build our follow-the-leader painting.

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Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #7 DECOLOR

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The final of the “Seven Ds” is DECOLOR. (De)Color is one of the important tools we have to use an an artist. Pick a triad that you have never used before and create a small painting or color study with it. For example, try using cadmium orange, azo red deep, green umber and white. You can use any three colors and white but no black/mixed black. Your darkest dark will be created by mixing your darkest colors together, which may result in a midtown as your dark.

Great work with the “Seven Ds” exercises!

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Braitman Studio’s Monthly Video Lesson: July 2015

Painting by Andy Braitman

Finished painting by Andy Braitman

Braitman Studio‘s Monthly Video Lesson for July 2015 has been released! In this video, Andy Braitman demonstrates how to suggest water and reflections with wet-on-wet oil painting techniques. This is part six of a six part Monthly Video Lesson series. Click on the link below to watch the newest video and click on the second link to catch up on the first of the 6 videos:

–> July 2015 Braitman Studio’s Monthly Video Lesson (Part 6 of 6) <–

–> Braitman Studio’s Monthly Video Lesson (Part 1 of 6) <–

Also, don’t forget that while Braitman Studio is closed for the entire month of July we have a GREAT line up of new workshops and drop-in classes starting in August. Many of our workshops are filling quickly so please CLICK HERE to learn more and email jade@braitmanstudio.com today to reserve your spot!

Come paint with us!

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Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #6 DESIGN

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Today’s Summer Art Exercise is learning all about DESIGN. In this exercise, we encourage you to create a very uncommon compositional design. One way to be inspired to develop a unique compositional design is to find a different perspective using a still life. If you are up for the challenge, either use our photograph above or set up your own still life and turn the still life into a landscape! Can you envision the fish as mountain ranges, the lemons as bushes, etc?

You are bound to think of design a new and different way as you turn red snapper and prawns into a landscape!

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Braitman Studio’s Social Media Outlets

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First of all, I would like to thank you for being part of Braitman Studio!  We so appreciate all of the hard work our students put into the learning process and that doesn’t even touch on arranging personal schedules, work schedules, and drive times just to be here.  Our students are the very best part of what we do here at Braitman and we want to celebrate you!
By using social mediavideo lessons, and our blog we have achieved an online community that helps our students stay excited about creating, but we wanted to do a little more.  So, we have begun building an Instagram account, which doesn’t sound like much, but this platform will present finished works by our students and instructors that can act as a Braitman Studio Gallery.  We are not using this as “for sale” site.  Instead, we are using it as a relaxed way for students to put finished works on display and show off what they are capable of.  We want this to grow into a great place to see some ART!!
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Thank YOU for being a part of both of Braitman Studio’s growing studio and online communities! To learn more about our social outlets, please click on the links below:

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Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #5 DENSITY

Painting by Andy Braitman

Painting by Andy Braitman

The word of the week is DENSITY! Let’s create either a still life or landscape painting from your own photograph or still life set up with a lot of objects/trees “stacked and packed” in it. The more density we have in our paintings, the more we need to remember to link all of our darks and create unity between each of the separate objects.

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Andy Braitman’s July Show at Carlton Gallery

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“Summer Visit” by Andy Braitman, 40×30

You can see this painting and many more from Andy Braitman’s newest series “From a Textural Point of View” at Carlton Gallery!  The show features Andy Braitman and Toni Carlton and opens on July 25th with an Artist Reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This show will run through September 15. For more information, please visit Carlton Gallery at http://www.carltongallery.com/.
Mark your calendars as we look forward to celebrating our very own Andy Braitman of Braitman Studio at this show!

Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #4 DARK

Painting by Andy Braitman

Painting by Andy Braitman

This week we will be learning about the power of the DARK. Like Andy Braitman’s painting above, find a photograph of a landscape or set up a still life with a very big and strong dark in the middle ground of the composition. Build the rest of the painting around this strong dark.

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Braitman Studio’s 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #3 DISTANCE

Painting by Andy Braitman

Painting by Andy Braitman

Today’s focus is DISTANCE. There are three ways to create distance in a painting: diminishing forms, diminishing colors and diminishing values. The stronger the value and color contrast is between the closest and farthest objects, the farther the distance. Take a photograph of your own and use these three principles to create a painting with a great deal of distance.

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