A limited palette is designed to simplify the complexity of color. Vadim will explain how he sets up his palette to paint a still life of a bouquet of flowers in this 2 hour tutorial. An impressionistic painting approach with loose brush strokes and transparent paint will be used to develop the composition. Value will be the primary focus in this lesson, and it will be used to control color temperature.

Bio: Vadim Zanginian graduated from the Art and Theatre Institute where he trained in Russian Academic traditions in painting the figure. From 1994-2003 he worked as a graphic designer and completed many contemporary graphics logos and posters for rock singers including Cher, Paul McCartney, and Moody Blues. He also provided his graphic skills to leading companies like Guess, Harley Davidson, and Hard Rock Cafe. In his art, Vadim aims to get an impression in limited time with a limited palette.

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Preview for Painting A Still Life With A Limited Palette with Vadim Zanginian.
Section 1
Background Color 00:10:00
The background will be painted transparently with a wash of gray color. Dark and light values will be placed to develop the composition.
Section 2
Finding Big Shapes 00:18:00
The large simple shapes will be blocked-in. Light will be indicated by wiping away paint with a towel, and dark shadows will be painted in.
Section 3
Value Over Color 00:25:00
Contrast will be added between the shadows and areas exposed to the light to develop the shapes of the flowers. The palette knife will be used to block in the light portions of the flowers.
Section 4
Designing Shapes 00:14:00
The value and temperature will be adjusted to create dimension in the composition. The shapes of the flowers will continue to be adjusted.
Section 5
Light & Shadow 00:17:00
The palette knife will be used to add stems and leaves. The values will be adjusted to refine the light and shadow areas.
Section 6
Soft & Hard Edges FREE 00:25:00
The vase will be developed by adding reflections and adjusting proportions. Edges will be softened or hardened to add variety to the edges of the leaves and pedals.

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