Hey everybody it’s Cinnamon Cooney your Art Sherpa, and today I want to share with you this fabulous baseball inspired painting. This was inspired by a little brush in our community who’s going to be not able to play baseball this summer. So I was asked to paint that baseball so he could feel the joy of summer sports and I just thought this would be a great painting for anybody that really really celebrates the sport and wants to remember those summer days. So get your paint get your brushes come back and meet me at the easel right now and I will show you how easy it is to paint this painting. So let’s start by looking at the materials for this fabulous summer painting. I have a 9 by 12 canvas board. These are pre-gessoes and ready to paint. You don’t need to do another thing to it. They’re ready to go over here or have heavy bodied acrylic paint. I have yellow ochre. I have burnt sienna, phthalo green, a little bit of cadmium yellow a little bit of cadmium red medium…. mars black and this very important stuff acrylic glazing liquid gloss. This is going to really let me do my scumble. The first thing that I’m going to do is I’m going to painting a color ground that’s a color that I put over the whole canvas and that way I can do my scumble glaze over. To create this really cool fact that I love about this painting. So what I’m going to do is I’m in a little bit of green. This is a palette knife. You could do this with you know another tool like. Brush or some other way of mixing it but I like having pantomimes around for that you can use a lot of this because I’m going to be painting the whole canvas with this base colors that they look green in the yellow ochre and just kind of mixing those together so they’re mostly mixed going to clean off white nice here. Get a nice wide brush. This is a two inch stiff white nylon. These are not expensive and they do a nice quick job of paint canvas. You notice that I drove that extra water off my brush. It’s important on acrylic paintings not to let them get to waterlogged even though there are water based media and that’s why using brushes for acrylic paint is so helpful. And I’m going to paint this whole canvas this color. I’m trying to cover all the white. It doesn’t have to be perfect because this is like just an undercoating that’s going to glow through the help everything. Hop is also going to help my paint stick acrylic really likes to stick to acrylic just brushing back and forth to make it even. But again here it’s not crazy important. Now if I’m running out of the color I can still go back and mix it on the brush see like this. It’s not a big big big deal. Horray let’s rinse out our brushes. Dry them put them to the side. I’m going to try my canvas so I can sketch in baseball. So once this is completely dry you can sketchier baseball. I’m going to want to put my baseball just slightly off the center of the canvas not too close to the bottom and not too close to the side. I’m a a four and a half inch circle. Now what I found did that great for me is this tub of grounds. But my recommendation is just find objects around you that are round and about four and a half inches a circle. If your baseball is five inches or your baseball is you know four inches it’s not really going to mess with the composition of the painting. I have sharpened kids chalk here and I’m going to just sort of trace around this object. Now I have trouble doing the other hand tree underhand tracing. So what I like to do. Rint is come here and reposition this and just sort of make sure. By flipping them I have this place exactly how I want it where I want it and it’s round. Doo doo doo doo doo. You could do this with the string there’s a lot of ways you can do this. This is just to make sure that you’ve got a fairly round shape that you feel good about and you’ll notice that the chalk erases really easily. This will all vanish in the painting you can use like a cereal bowl or all kinds of things. The other thing that I want to sketch in is I want to make sure that I remember that I have a light weight here. The skin to help me determine where my lip lighting is on my baseball and all of that. Now this is a number six silver stencil for my Archer byline and these stencils are natural bristles that’s what you’re looking for with a flat front. I’m going to get this wet because that helps soften them and then I’m going to take the extra water out of it because if they’re waterlogged it won’t work very well. So you want to have it just be just a little bit wet but not soaking wet. So you want to fill the moisture and not feel a flood. And I’m going to take a little of my burnt sienna and a little of my yellow green and you can see I’m sort of swirling around coating a very dark color. Another thing I can do is take this glazing liquid and add it here and that’s going to help make it transparent and keep my paint from growing up. So see how I’ve just coated the tips of the bristles are going to come here and do this circular stumbling motion and let’s get some more circular scuffling motion. We’re eight scum this line. You can see this is creating sort of a diffuse glaze that’s darkening the outer edges of my canvas or brown a little more green. One more glass just keep growing. So you want your darkest to be out here at the edge and then it’s going to get brighter is it comes to the metal. Just keep going. All the way around. You’ve done this with me before you know blends out and you lose a lot of the brush strokes and things as you keep working discussable you can do stencils with the style of brush and scum bowls and all kinds of things. Like to make sure that Chemnitz glaze in the dark in this all around so many layers of this to do to get this really cool. Focus on blended photography effect but I wanted something really special. For you guys to be able to paint felt like a really nice painting. You could do. Were at there go when they get this wet again and again I’m going to take off the extra extra water put fother on there because you don’t want it soaked. Mixing my dark color. And just sitting around dusting this round. You know as that dry what I can do is I can come here and I’m going to just add a little of my yellow ochre to my dirty brush a smidge of green. When I could probably put out some white. Light and my colors area go like that. Once we have that we’re going to just keep. Testing testing testing testing with this lighter color. And says how our light source is going to really come in. No I’m just blending these two areas together. This creates a very soft diffused kind of photographic effect. So little green little yellow ochre. So what gets new painters is not spending enough time just blending the background and letting this develop in. Around the side here like to get just a little more yellow that’s come rain here. Just plans awfully scambling in. Yellow. So very far off to fuse light. And get a little more white on the brush. This just more white you kind of see how this looks just neat these sapphires. When I’m traveling a distance you can see the brush gets drier. It kind of blends it out and that’s what you’re looking for. Well but here creating little sense of just and blurry atmosphere. You have a little slip there. So next time do I come back and finish this really dramatic edge gets some just green glaze if you need it. My little brown to it. I’m going to make sure this field feels like a warm summer’s day. You can hear different bugs chirping flying birds singing kids laughing. Distant sound with the game which is back here. So doing this might be easier for you on the table. You may find it’s just easier for you at the table. So Little Brown and Little Green says chair little green Little Brown. Can it work. Riego stamps working like Lazy me and that’s letting me get very very diffused. Wheeling all around the edges. This is going to be a real nice when I. When I’m wearing it and it’s just Glees really nice when I’m layering in my grass. So this is just the glaze some softening those areas between lines. Like this we have this beauty and the Beast background and a few other backgrounds that are like this. Flipping that canvas that I’m working to the edge that I have good angle on. So I don’t want to wear my body. Where my body. Can always act place to blend or soften the line. Just dusting it open up here. Brown. Little Brown dusting the outside outside which nice gradation that you created. It’s a great way to start. It’s good to rinse these out. I don’t like to rinse them out above the. And make sure that you do that you lay them flat and you use soap and water and you clean things out really really well. Let’s plan first layer of the baseball so I’m going to get a nice square brush it’s called a borate. This is a number the great you could use a six you could use for you just want a brush that gives you a nice sense of control dipping in the water and I’m drying off the extra I’m going to plot a little brown. Add a smidge of black to it maybe even a little yellow right here. This yellow ochre probably need to put out some more yellow ochre. Right memorial Okur little white. I’m going to paint in whole baseball with this kind of dark dirty brown color. This is going to help you create that beautiful round in the summer feeling. Your ball will feel like it’s been played with and I think that’s important. On this right. Humming on the edge of my brush to get a nice line here. You can just paint this whole ball in this first color and you can see how that guiding line might help you draw a rounder circle than you might expect to freehand. And so see it’s a little bit streaky and that’s OK because you’re so many layers if you have some chalk where you don’t want to. You can get a smaller brush. This is a number for you know a little bit of clean water in your brush and just very carefully come around on array’s see how easily that ARISS. No it’s not cheating not to free hand you don’t have to freehand everything. Tools are still part of the artist experience. I might keep that brush it’s a nice grass brush put in some distant faded grass. So Mike come in come into my colors and we get all my rain here in the mail. And I’m going to make some distant blades of grass here. Has your Kiner Saphan Lundi. I’m on the edge of my brush and you can see using the glaze lets them feel a little bit see through Oklahoma and that’s nice because it says Oh these are far away and I’m kind of curving them around and the idea is is that this ball here right. This little ball. In the grass Silverlake just softly I imagine has to curve and these are just faded little blades of grass. That’s the perspective Larry PNM Wolf the green horse if you like picture showing around the when you clays lets you get away with a whole bunch of stuff doesn’t it. It’s just ongoing and painting Rick Scherf some grass coming up here just in grass using the glaze Marielle soft Loman’s. As I’m coming forward. I’m going to take a little of my burnt sienna in my green on those smaller brush. I’m going to cool a little bit of this into this. Is it grass look like fairy light on my pressure. How light that is. Well don’t make the whole stroke it just go grass line grass line a little bit little bit because that’s how the I would see it wouldn’t see all that it would just see a little bit just little bits of distance faded grass. Dark hair. Now that this is drying I can get my number eight bright out again and I’m going to peel another layer of that a little more yellow move the mix I head over here which was a little brown a little black for me a little white and some more yellow into that. And a lot more white look at that you don’t want it to be too bright so if it is get a smidge see how little that aren’t there and mix it in. So this needs to be a slightly lighter color. What’s there now. We’re going to say that the sunlight is hitting the hottest spot right here. So what we’re going to do very lightly This is like a dry brush you don’t have a lot of water. My brush with coming around I’m running a lot of the canvas shows through. That’s OK. Brushing dowerless don’t paint down here yet. Don’t paint ahead of me. Just stay with me when a brush down see my strokes are kind of curved that’s going to help me tell the story of this ball. Just keep this going great on this is great. When I’m down here at the bottom I’m putting fairly little of my color. It’s going to be darker at the top. A Well more color at the top more and I should say I’m adding more white shoe again soft soft soft just where she brushing brushing this next layer next layer. Put out a little more weight if you need it. I know I do. More in the brush here. More yellow shirts just lighter here. You were just carrying around. One of the things you might want to do is paint something like a baseball. Bright white a character hands and held them at the door. And experience you’ve got to show that story. And they come across the stroke see everything I’m doing is about talking about the shape of this and see I’m leaving this much darker down here get a little glaze if you need it. When I get a lot more weight now I’m going to add more Okkar. Come right up here in the top again. You are now starting to recall thing isn’t it. This is also a great way to understand about painting raining if need a little of your Had to this go ahead. Let’s have a meal or just a bright yellow that you have right here. There you go. Yeah just this nice painting right. It’s a little yellow in it. There’s a little warmth of the sunlight. There’s just a bit of this down if you want to. Definitely definitely watch this texture kind of coming through on the main part. If you’re having trouble getting to Troy you can always grab a little glaze or a water or a shower and the. You have the power where you let that drive for a minute and then rinse this out. And let’s come here and get a little of our green and brown are going to be coming in wire ball is drying because we’re going to add just a little bit more. This dark color hair. Get glaze if you need it it should be much darker more painted going over you’re going to want to just slightly you can see how lightly I’m brushing this in rushing this in rushing out. You can totally do this. You’ve got this. You make this beautiful painting. So you know this time kind of curving this brushstroke Nemelka come back with some grass. Just a second that layers over the front but I’m learning these layers built in. Because they’re going to create a world for me that’s very deep and rich and that’s how you build paintings. So a minute check this with my hair Drammen dry this my hair dryer so that I can put in my lines for the stitching. And my final highlight and my red stitches. And then I can put in the rest of my grass and then we’re done. So we’re really almost there. How are you doing. Breathe in breathe out. It’s summer it’s baseball time. Things are good right now once it’s dry and get my kids chuck out again and sharpen and I’m going to lightly guide myself here for the lines that there in the baseball and I’m going to do the lines and they’re going to curve like this. So this is where I’m seeing the stitching is going to go. These are hand-stitched the curve that line curve that line you don’t need to take this all the way down to the bottom there’s going to be so much grass here you don’t have to worry about that. Get your smaller brush out if you like where those lines are. You can go ahead and get a little of your brown paint and a little of your black paint very lightly. Starer slightly wet in a small thin on right here again to small and long. Once that’s in once you have that in and set your brush you’re getting an even smaller brush. Interestingly enough teeny tiny little brush I’m going to get the small brush you get a small detail around any brush you want. This happens to be a double zero. Right. But you can see the size of it here. And I’m going to take a smidge of my brown over to my friend and maybe even look at just that just to see how it is just a dot of my black because I don’t want it to be the brightest when I have them and they use that for the pop. So once I have that how I like that it gets creeping up your brush and wipe it off like that. It’s all a little b. When I’m going to do is I’m going to come here come out about a quarter of an inch under a pressure. I mean it come out the same distance from this side on the right hand side on the curve up another little brushstroke but it’s going to be slightly positioned above the first one then I’m going to come up oh gosh about a quarter of an inch. And do another one. Check this one. So that they seem like they’re over clapt they try to dry brushing that in. We’re seeing that in there you go right. And I’m going to do the same thing on the other side more and I’ll try to also position on this side so that they’re kind of matched up you don’t have to be perfect. The ball makers have to be you don’t have to be you’re being arty. Peening how you feel about it grabs more of the glazing like foot just to improve the flow. And I’m just using this side to sort of help me. This side once I have that I’d in the next thing I would do is get some just just the read. So great. You know break that is coming just at little that my strokes swapping no idea that there was so much going on in these places. But there is you wanting them to feel very baseball. And then I’m going to get a little Maiello Warren and just touch some of the laces with this brighter color and see how that creates some dimensionality. You’re not boring. Not everyone. Not everything the same with the brush still with red also black onto your brush and then chest show the stitch holes name and top a little bit of our stitching ends. Showing the stitch roles wearing one or this process. Rinse that out you feel good about that. If you’re happy about that. Get your number eight. I think actually I’m going to use my number four again and my camera here we’re going to get some just white just white. When we come back a hot spot of light and see this is Dr. Suresh Raina up here at the top and I am softly diffusing it out so that you can really feel you on that. That’s fun to really feel. Yellow. I always wipe it off if we get too much and just still too much rinse out can little more weight nor worry about that stuff. You can always look out. Well just try and stay a little warm right there. Right now we have this sort of fuse kind of hot spot on our ball where you can really feel that the light is hitting it it’s going and going to start really pulling everything into my grass back into the green and brown again with a little glazing. So it’s nice and ready to paint dark color. Let’s start taking these brush strokes that we’ve been doing doing short little ones where the ball is sitting in the grass. How we’re doing. We’re on the edge of the brush you cross over what you’ve painted because the grass blade certainly when the there was a bong nestled in the grass some just brown hair. Keep going. Just a little diffused. I’m going. Palling around and suddenly it starts to exist in that space doesn’t it. Lawrence has had a little bit. All right. Now this is going to be about pulling some bright highlights and pulling this all together. So I’m going to take my green over to my yellow and to start getting kind of a a brighter green right I’m going to definitely touch a little bit of that here. Coming up here and remember how we were doing this we weren’t doing a line online you know. You want to go to line line line line on we’re not doing that. We’re being much more he saw it. That’s the success and pieces like this it’s just having very little pressure coming from a shoulder through my arm into the brush into the canvas. You notice that when bristles are bent over very far all hands are very soft just enjoying this. So this is where the sunlight would be hitting this grass right. Drawing this all green. Love really taking curving this and telling this story the way the ball might be placed like something that you could discover or find rinse out my brush a little bit. When it gets some just brown I mean even and some yellow ochre to it. Some of these dry grasses here and there. Try grasses woring or sheet. Center focus is the ball. Now you want to think about how your wearing the grass here want it to feel real and full. You can even find of precious soft abstract little spot here. If it’s the grass is laid down. You’re just going to want to look at that and take that where you think it should go on Princess out when it give just one more highlight. Interestingly enough in this space if my green and bright bright yellow grabble little white. Is not quite bright quite strong and I’m going to shust a little of this in. This would be where the lights really whipping through our grass. My feeling about that and up over here. I never knew such a simple painting had so much thought. That might go into it and I’m sure this painting has a lot of love that’s going into it. It’s going to go somewhere that really enjoys it. Hang on a wall and help somebody dream of summer days. Listen I hope you had fun with today’s painting. I hope you learned a couple new things about art. Didn’t know before. 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