Paint This With Jerry Yarnell

The Roost, Part 1

Season 18, Episode 1 of 13

Acrylic Medium, 16x20 stretched canvas, Vertical format. A subject which is constantly requested by Jerry's students around the World: chickens. Jerry shows his 'chicken' reference material and provides a very quick, high-level, and valuable copyright tip. This painting includes chickens in a barnyard, a predominant rooster, perch, and more. Starts with a grayed canvas which is simply a small amount of Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber, a little blue and gesso to "kill" the white canvas. With #10 or #12 bristle brush Jerry begins with white gesso to opaque the colors. Jerry uses several colors in a scumbling fashion quickly as he illustrates creation of the mottled background. Now uses hake brush and the X strokes -- barely skimming surface. Now Jerry sketches main rooster, door to hen house, etc. Uses chisel-edge #6 to block in coop door, adding wood grain with a skimming technique. Next a little work on the foundation of the coop with sideways, chunky strokes. Jerry blocks in porch next. Now with same brush Jerry inserts darker value using once again the mottling/scumbling technique. Jerry shows how to add strokes for straw.

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