Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Now starting third

This looks better in the photo than in real life. It had got so dark. Im not into dark right now. Why is it in the series - colours and circles. It is a challenge to make good circles but make look sort of abstract impressionistic. They are either really good circles or really bad circles. I seem to be committed to good ones.

Second one done

Here is how the second one turned out.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Next psinting in series

This is a substantially bigger canvas - 36x48. I quickly washed on the three basic colours I used in my previous psinting.  I did some drips and scraped hoping for 3 circles. They are there but I don't like the design
I want to make sure the focal point is obvious but the whole picture is interesting. There will like be one large dominant circle, a couple of other circles and random curves emerging. I think the turquoise will be more organic.

Beginning of a series

I think I have started a series. Dennis talked about this at the last class. If you come up with something you really like, take the opportunity to explore it and carry it further by using the same theme but doing a series of variations. Here is the beginning piece. I was helped out by Jim who suggested that an earlier version lacked a focal point. I started over and made a single circle my focus.  I scraped  few patterns and introduced a movement from dark red on the left to pink and yellow on the right with orange in between. Then worked away to find patterns in the drips and scraped and finally added yellow dashes and touches of interwoven turquoise. I like it a lot.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Abstract man with hat

I am having a lot of fun working with my abstract man with a hat a smart phone. Nearly done.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great class with Dennis

Today I went to another class with Dennis Brown. It was on "edges " There are many kinds of edges including the edge of the canvas, drip downs, places where colours blur into each other and intentionally painted lines, curves etc. Some lines go around things. Some just wander off. Sometimes the viewer's eye catches a line and follows it around the painting Other times the viewer moves on to the next picture without becoming engaged. Therefore you need a focal point where the eye and brain latch on to something- then explore the rest of the picture and come back to experience the focal point again.  There can be many focal points.
Dennis' process is 1. Calm yourself 2. Choose your palette 3. Paint in blocks of colour 4 Join things into a whole 5.  Create a focal point.
My first painting has great colours but lacks focal points. My second painting uses the same palette and is an abstraction- not abstract.  It is a Picasso like picture based on my selfie. Very crazy, not quite done, could be ruined by over working it. Fun! Dennis gave me permission to do it. So did Barry - whose family have been teaching art for 7 generations.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Not quite done - still too yellow

The photo clearly shows that the background is still too yellow and the bottom left painting is too red. I'll try to fix it