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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Selfie - done

I think my "selfie" is finished. The hardest part was the background. I thought it was a great idea to include paintings down the left side - semi- realistically but had to try several different background colours. I finally arrived at dairylike yellow mixed with white which allowed the paintings to blend into the background. Possibly there should be a shadow on the cell phone and the left collar needs to be clarified. So not quite done after all. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Selfie Day 5 - nearly done

Yesterday I gessoed out the background except for the aura painting. Today I worked on the hands,  another background painting and highlight's on the jacket . Tomorrow we are going away- back in a couple of days. I will  probably finish 'selfie' up in one more session. Nothing is more rewarding to paint than a portrait which is going well. Nothing is harder to paint than a good background

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Selfie Day 4

Another day working on this self portrait. Mainly worked on the face. An amazing thing - the mouth looked very tense until I changed the colour of the left side. Now the expression seems perfect. The left side of the neck needs narrowing, then back to the hands which are coming along. The jacket should be easy and fun. It still has a nice loose feeling.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Selfie - day 3

I worked for  a couple of hours on "Selfie" today. I just roughed in some colours for the face , hands and jacket.  Did part of the legs and may leave them as they are - unfinished as in my painting of Mike and Lexy- but zI don't think I will use drips. I think I will also just rough in part of the background- probably a turquiosey colour. Nothing is right yet but there is already a sense that the poorly drawn hands are reaching forward. This is achieved by the drawing (such as it is) and the burnt umber shadows under  the arms.  The collar is tricky brcause the fesign is not intuitive. So far this picture is lovely and free. I hope I can keep it that way.