Video Archive: Paint like Caravaggio in Acrylics with Lynn Stender


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Caravaggio is renowned for his treatment of light

This Italian painter who mastered chiaroscuro, the technique of using bold contrasts between light and dark.

The Ecstasy of St. Francis, by Caravaggio

We will  use this technique in a “Landscape”, a “Still Life” and a “figurative” subject.

St. Jerome by Caravaggio

We’ll immerse ourselves in light for 3 weekly sessions.  There is a different reference photo for each class.

Please join Lynn as we enjoy our Virtual exploration of this Italian master painter of light and dark.

Message from the instructor, Lynn Stender:

Here is the image we will be painting the first week:
I recommend a small canvas,  8 x 10 .
Please add tracing paper and a fine tip black marker to your supply list.  I suggest you print out the photo in an 8 x 10 size so you can place the proportions on your canvas.  (It might be pixelated as its a small file) .

Suggested Supplies:

Narcissus, by Caravaggio

We are using Acrylic Paint.   I will go over the color wheel but the basic colors you will need are:  (starter sets are great if this is your first time using Acrylics.)

  • Titanium White
  • Black/ Paynes Grey
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cadmium Red
  • Sap Green
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Purple
  • Viridian Green

I will be working on a small Canvas, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14. Whatever size you are comfortable with is fine.

I use a set of Acrylic Brushes, which include a 1/2 flat, 1/4 flat, 3 rounds, #6, #8, #12.
Please have two containers of water, paper towels or paint rags.
I use a Masterson covered palette with a sponge to keep my paints wet. If you don’t have a palette, paper plates or palette paper pads will work.

There are many starter sets available on line, , or Amazon. Liqutex, and Golden brands have complete sets.

Card Sharps by Caravaggio