A Real Art Lesson By Delmus G. Phelps Review
DISCLAIMER: I received a sample review copy of this product courtesy of the instructor at no cost. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own and would remain as such regardless.
In these e-guides I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and exploring lately, artist Delmus G. Phelps shares the secrets of making classical realism art really sizzle with depth and dimension, and it’s unlike anything I have ever been taught in the college and private art lessons I’ve had over the years.
What I’ve always liked the best about oil paintings is their greater depth. I’ll go back and look over some of my old acrylic paintings and I’m finding them “flat” by comparison. Even when I was just starting out taking lessons, I always felt that you could just put in half the effort but oils still come out on top every time. Oils and acrylics are poles apart, in makeup and composition.[toc]
What did I receive?
- The “A Real Art Lesson” 152 page e-book guide by Delmus G. Phelps
- The “Mabry Mill” 110 page e-book guide, which follows the same formula as A Real Art Lesson
- “Yellow Rose” painting instructional DVD; it’s in the neighborhood of an hour in length
I don’t pretend to know everything there is about working in oils. But there are some techniques that are important to make your work really “pop” and that is the classical techniques employed in these ebook courses.
The “Old Masters” of the Renaissance really knew how to get art to outlast the artists themselves, and that method includes a technique of “imprimatura” or “toning the canvas”. with a light brownish-red (sienna) shade undertone.
The “Mabry Mill” guide shows this technique in the development of a painting in an outdoor landscape scene and the “Real Art Lesson” features a couple of still lifes. (I once thought it was still “lives” – it’s not, it’s lifes)
In the Mabry Mill e-guide, there are 11 chapters explaining the techniques which you can jump ahead to if you plan on following along. In the still life guide there are 10. Ever so often you will find links to the artist’s product recommendations interspersed within the chapters, and some of them may surprise you as they are ordinary household items, like a cake icing spreader knife (for applying gesso)
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn from each of these e-guides:
- How to prime your canvas
- The importance of softening and hard edges
- Ways to check that you have gotten your proportions correct
- The “seven layers” explained…and the significance of toning and under-layers
My Personal Thoughts:What I Liked Best
Now I am proud to say that I had the mother of all art professors, but this is the first I am learning about these classical “under-layering” techniques. Some of the points of interest like the values chart showing the grayscale of black to white, did kind of take me back as I remember that being discussed in one of the classes I took.
I never was one to spend a lot of time drawing out my proposed design as I always was led to believe the paint was going to hide it, but my eyes have opened a bit. Apparently you do have to have a good preliminary drawing, as it is Layer One!
What else have I gleaned from reading this material? Why you should not be going over your drawing with a Sharpie marker, something I know I’ve been guilty of in the past. It’s been awhile since I have broken out my paints (particularly the oils) but I was always sorry when I tried to take the shortcut with permanent markers. If I ever again do return to that ol’ case of paints again, I am confident that I will try these techniques.
Learn Old Masters’ Oil Painting Techniques in the Comfort of Your Home!
It helps if you think of a dynamite oil painting as a succession of layers…Layers just like an onion, speaking of which, just one ordinary household instrument the artist suggests to aid in the process of “oiling out” the canvas, another technique you’ll get acquainted with.
You should also consider the video series as well, the process of painting this yellow rose from start to finish that involves the seven-layer technique will blow your mind. I know from past experience that roses are challenging due to their multi-faceted petal layout.
Who would I recommend this guide for? I’d say, intermediate artists, those who want to step up their game a little. I’m not sure with regard to beginners. Are you ready to put in the time? Definitely go for it. This is deeper than watching “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross. Now even though a good painting was demo-ed in half and hour, I remember from watching the show that Bob did a little preliminary setup beforehand.
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