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Flemish Master Painting Techniques

with Andrew Conklin
Flemish Master Painting Techniques
Study the methods of van Eyck and Rubens to create radiant, jewel-like paintings!

Bring depth and realism to your oil paintings with the celebrated techniques of the northern Renaissance masters. Award-winning artist Andrew S. Conklin guides you through every step of this layered painting approach, starting with how to stretch your own canvas. Learn to apply an imprimatura, and then begin to lay in areas of light, half tone and shadow with a traditional earth tone ebauche color palette. Use blending to bring in an extended array of vibrant hues, and further refine form and texture with dry brushing. Discover how to mix and apply transparent and semi-opaque glazes to add glowing dimension to your work, and finish your painting with Andrew’s expert tips on erasing distracting brushstrokes and rejuvenating color.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. The Layered Method

  • Meet Conklin and discover concepts in layered painting. Use a six-value painting system and learn to stretch your own canvas.


Lesson 2. Translating 2-D Into 3-D

  • Learn composition, proportion, line and shading techniques to make your two-dimensional drawing appear three-dimensional.


Lesson 3. Transfer & Imprimatura

  • Transfer your drawing to canvas, then discover the importance of an imprimatura overlay that will establish a foundation for subsequent painting layers.


Lesson 4. Ébauche or "Dead Coloring"

  • Use a limited, cool color palette to create a layer that will enhance lights and keep shadows transparent in the following layers.


Lesson 5. Second Coloring, Part 1: Lights

  • Use an earthy color palette to enhance light areas and transitional areas from light to shadow, adding dimension and form to your subject.


Lesson 6. Second Coloring, Part 2: Shadows

  • Add life to your painting by developing shadows and enhancing the contrast between warm and cool colors.


Lesson 7. The Retouching Layer

  • Learn scumbling, glazing and velatura techniques to add detail, increase vibrancy and finish your painting.

"Wonderful, responsive teacher, he's very clear and his methods are very approachable. I like working along with him at every step."
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