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Our Art Teacher, JoyWelcome to the Joy of Art masterclass with Bohemian artist Joy

This month Joy is going to show us how to paint a Fine Art reproduction of Botticelli’s magnificent Birth of Venus. As this is a complex piece and you are just beginners, we are going to concentrate on just the central figure of Venus in this lesson.



Step 11.Draw the outline of
   the main figures
   on to the canvas.

2. With a sable brush
   give the canvas a thin wash
   of  yellow ochre paint.

Step 33. Tint the sky with
a wash
   of Prussian blue and the sea
   with sap green.

Step 44. Work the mixture of Prussian blue,
    white with a little of Payne’s grey with cobalt blue
   across the sky, smoothly brushing from left to right.

Step 5
5. The hair requires a thin underlay of cadmium yellow
   and white before the strands can be illustrated
   using burnt sienna.

Step 6
6. Define the floating flowers using crimson,
   cadmium yellow, white and burnt sienna on the flowers;
   yellow ochre, burnt umber and black for the landscape;
   and white for the waves.

Buy this Bohemian Fine Art reproduction of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
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