Painting a rose in oil paint – art tips w/ Lachri

today I'm going to be demonstrating how to paint this red rose in oil paint hi I'm Lisa the artist behind block refine are today I am working on an oil primed linen canvas board by Frederick's and I'm using Windsor and Newton oil paints I will have a link to everything below in the video description if your supporters over on patreon the one-hour version of this tutorial is available for you guys now so make sure to head over and check that out if you're new to oil painting into glazing some of the terms that I'm going to be using in this video will be explained in this video so if you want it you may want to check that out first that is an intro to oil painting now let's get into this tutorial for my entire under painting on this one I am using raw umber this is the Windsor and Newton artists color it's a much softer color than the Winton color that I often use or softer paint I should say I'm starting by just blocking everything in I don't have to worry about my brush strokes none of that matters at this point this is all going to get blended out darkening up some of the edges and I use a mop brush to fan that out so I've softened everything up now I'm taking a piece of Vivah paper towel and rubbing little circles to get rid of some of that paint I'm Fanning that out just a teeny tiny bit with the menthe brush so that my circles are very very soft I am now using a taklon bristled filbert brush this is a smaller one to start blocking in my shadows on each petal now when you're doing something like this I strongly recommend block in one petal at a time get it shaded as perfectly as you can before you move on to your next petal I'm using a q-tip to pull paint off the canvas to let that canvas show through to get my highlights I'm not mixing any white or black in with it like you sometimes see me do in the past this one I'm only using raw umber keeping it very very simple and that q-tip is pretty much my best friend throughout this and several q-tips I used a handful of them here but just to pull out those highlights it works really well and there is nothing on those q-tips I'm using them completely dry in C I'm pulling out a lot of detail with those as well I'm also using a clean small round brush with a little bit of paint thinner to pull off areas that I need finer detail on so it's almost like working with graphite where I'll use an eraser to pull up highlights that's exactly what I'm doing here with that q-tip moving on to my next flower petal and a lot of these petals aren't going to look like flower petals as you're doing them when they all come together that's when it starts to look right just keep reminding yourself copy your reference photo look at them as abstract shapes all of the little highlights and shadows you want to make sure that you're copying where those highlights and shadows go don't just randomly start putting highlights anywhere that won't look right these highlights are what is determining how each of these petals is curving so you really want to watch your reference photo i'm um using liquid in with my paint that is my mixing medium it is a fast drying medium so everything that I'm doing here today will be completely dry enough to go onto my next layer tomorrow I did this in three layers one with the raw umber like you're seeing here then I will do the next day will be glazing with the reds and oranges and then the following day I'll do a little bit of highlighting but that's it this is a very quick project and flowers are great practice or at least roses are the way that you do a lot of the blending is very similar to how I will blend when I'm doing portraits just breaking this up one flower petal at a time anywhere where the color is very very light I've used more liquid areas that it's very dark there is much less liquid on my paint brush you can see pulling off the highlights there with that q-tip now I've got to mop brushes that I'm using here these are both the Royal soft grip and one is a half inch one is a one inch they do shed but with oil paint because of how slowly that it dries you've got plenty of time to pick out any hairs thick that did come off but I do like how they work with oils really well again just pay attention to those lights and the darks one thing I do want to point out when I am using the mop brush when you see me blending out I only need to do a couple of brush strokes and then move on don't over blend I think that's one of the biggest mistakes people do when they're working in oils because they do blend the paint stays wet so long they want to blend and blend and blend just a couple of brush strokes just soften the brush strokes your previous brush strokes out with that mop brush that's all you need working on the leaves here now once I had the flower in I realized I wanted to get a bit more contrast on my background being that this is still wet I just took my q-tips I used a little bit of paint thinner so that I was able to lift the paint off a little better than normal and I am using Monalisa odorless paint thinner as my paint thinner and I worked in little circles with that q-tip to pull out more highlights in that background he's just using smaller brushes there to the hype up my contrast clean up my edges there I'm using the paint thinner and had the q-tip and I am blending that out with a mop brush just soften those edges it gives me a lot more depth and having these layers of the really bright circles and then the darker ones behind them now I let that dry on to the next day I am using phthalo blue and a bit of green and letting some of the Browns show through to get the color I wanted for my background here you can see that paint is completely dry that I did the day before so I'm able to just block the color and right over it it doesn't smudge or lift any of that up I love liquid for that taking the q-tip with paint thinner again to lift some of these circles off just to lighten them up now I am moving on to the rose I'm using two different shades of red I will have the colors listed in the video description orange and yellow for the main colors that I'm using here I don't just want to block in everything one solid red because it ends up being very flat very dull I want to use a lot of these different colors in here even though you look at and go yeah it's a red rose just use red there's two two repellers and orange and yellow and towards the end I end up coming back through with some zinc white for my highlights zinc white is a transparent mixing white it's not opaque like with the titanium white you'll opt in use and I'm still using the q-tips to pull out highlights if my color gets a bit too dark you can see I don't really have to worry about details here I have to stay within the lines for the most part but that's about it I'm just paying attention to where I've got the warmer colors and the cooler colors with the Reds all that detail that I did the night before makes the rest of this painting super easy it goes very very quickly adding more yellow where I want more of the orange to be a lot stronger and adding that yellow it gives you this look where the sunlight is coming through the petals you if I just did all of this with solid red again it would be very flat it wouldn't have that warmth to it just a few little details in there now when I get my darker colors I am mixing a little bit of black in with my red which gives me a deep dark reddish color along with some of the raw umber I don't want to use straight black because I don't want that to be too flat on this which really would not work with this piece it seemed just adding little touches with that zinc white now pulling in some highlights and letting it mix in with the red that I have the zinc white will work better if you're trying not to get super pink if I use titanium white that's very opaque it'll make it anywhere where I've mixed that with the red it just comes out really really pink few more details I'm on to the last day of this project and all I'm really doing on this last day are cleaning up my edges just little teeny details here and there make a huge difference little touches little highlights so that I bring out my contrast more in different areas you can see the highlights on the edges of some of these petals it pulls that petal forward more it gives me a lot more dimension I don't want to go crazy with that white because it does give you a sort of pinkish tone and I don't want pink everywhere and that is it for this one now notice the difference in color here because of the way that I've done the glazing with oil paint when you do multiple layers like this the way that the light refracts through each layer when you put this in really good lighting it will almost have a glow to it it's one of the greatest things about working with glazes and oil paint because you end up with so much more depth than if you just painted this all wedding to wet in one shot thanks for watching again if you were supporters over on patreon the one-hour version that this tutorial is available for you now complete with voiceover so make sure to head over and check that out if you're new to my channel I have new video critiques every Tuesday where I'm critiquing your original paintings or drawings my own speed paintings drawings and tutorials every Wednesday our Q&A videos every Thursday and artists logs each Saturday so if you haven't already I would love for you to subscribe so you miss out on anything and you can follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram Google+ all of those social media sites are linked below in the video description where you keep up with news my name is work can see real-time clips of whatever it is I'm currently working on I'll see you guys tomorrow last time I wore this dress someone left a comment using a lot of foul language telling me that this looks like something their grandmother would wear sir your grandmother has awesome taste and clothes and doily arms too bad your grandmother didn't teach you any manners kids these days they just don't appreciate a good doily today I'm going to be demonstrating how to paint I don't even think I turned the camera on

30 Replies to “Painting a rose in oil paint – art tips w/ Lachri”

  1. Hi Lisa, very new to your channel! Love the way you teach! Only one thing I was wondering, could you do the underpainting in acrylics and have the same effect ? Since they dry so quickly you wouldn’t have to wait overnight? Or it’s not a good idea to mix them ?

  2. Awesome video!! I absolutely love your channel! Is there anyway to keep my rose from looking too brown when doing this because my rose looks more like a dying rose then a vibrant red one because of my umber under painting

  3. The methodical way you present everything is very clear and I really enjoy these a lot. Also want to say that adding the little quirky commentary outside of the description of the painting added a lot of value for me. The all-business aspect is incredibly valuable for the presentation, but the little quirky bloopers reel stuff lets us connect to you as a person. Keep up the great work and definitely add these little blooper reels at the end!

  4. I've been watching a ton of oil videos lately, and thank god I found your videos. I've actually been subscribed for years but I forgot you had oil demos and tutorials lol. I don't know why but the way you teach is so much better and not boring than other "teachers". Please keep uploading oil demos! It's the only medium I haven't got down lol

  5. you are freaking awesome!!! everything you do is unbelievable. you inspire me to keep practicing day after day. thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  6. OK I have the biggest dumbest question about oil painting that doesn't let me start. when switching colors do I change paint brush and if not what do I do? do I clean the same brush and then paint?

  7. i just bought an oil paint setup today – and you just became my painting teacher 🙂 Cheers! subscribed.

    I tried making a rose for my first painting (before watching this) … got a long way to go!

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