Step 6: The Heart of the Painting

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You’ve carefully selected a color palette. You’ve meticulously planned your value structure and thoughtfully composed your focal points. Your grisaille and foundation layer are complete. What’s next?

This layer is the heart of the painting. It’s time to execute your artistic vision, the payoff for all that careful planning. This course is a roadmap to do just that. You’ll learn how to:

  • Refine shapes: Learn to break down broad areas of color and add detail to your work. Emphasize your composition and make your focal points sing.
  • Refine colors: You’ll put your entire color toolkit to work in this layer. Learn to practically apply your knowledge of local vs global color temperature, and how to use color to guide your viewer’s eye.
  • Check yourself: These practical tips will allow you to make sure your paintings are always on the right track.
  • Bonus! How long does it take paint to dry?: By now you’ve painted layer upon layer of oil paint. We’ll dive deeper into the concept of fat over lean and make sure your painting outlives all of us.

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