This was a fun landscape because local color was disregarded and some adjustment of the photograph. It was a struggle keeping a figure from this composition. The painting was drawn with a brush loaded with yellow ocher which keeps the shapes suggestive. Halloween orange, Andrews turquoise, and Carmine where the colors of choice. A light value wash was first applied preserving some white paper. The wash was dried before the next mid values where established….negative and positive strokes. Before the final dark’s the paper is totally dry. Dark values at strategic points and calligraphy are the finishing touches to a delightful day.
Keeping up with life at times dries out the palette. I remember when painting everyday was common, if just an hour. I fall into one of two categories …getting slower with menial task or my plate is full. Whatever category or shoe that fits, I am persuaded to speed up or scrape the plate. However a window opened to produce a couple of new images. Don’t know about most of you reading this blog, when time is limited…….my focus, get paint on paper. My photographs are categorized with one slot labeled maybe. These are references that almost found themselves in bed with yesterdays news. This slot isn’t opened often….you have those too….where was this? Soooo…long story short, the two paintings below where several photos in the ‘maybe’ slot. I seldom use one photo for a single painting…..a maybe subject from one and background/foreground of another. These paintings are not chosen for the travel channel because they don’t have zip codes. I want to set at the table, smell the flowers, or walk down the street even better shop. Painting what could be…..
This was my demonstration last week in Lamesa…with a symmetrical format. Symmetrical paintings are all about balance…formal or informal. This is an informal motif because it is not a mirrors image. Balance is the key in all paintings but it’s most important with a symmetrical format. Asymmetrical is much easier for me because I like ‘stuff’ in my paintings. Most of us recognize when our paintings list to the left or right like a boat about to capsize. Adjusting shapes within the composition can be hazardous to your composition. Balancing the painting as a whole is the goal. Shapes are made larger, smaller, louder, quieter, softer disregarding the reference you are working from….hope you enjoy Paint Bucket Daises…
Recently while having lunch at Abuleo’s, with my husband, I was caught off guard without anything to sketch on but a cocktail napkin or my husbands shirt. (He said, No). The light reflections streaming in and around the busy scene was a painting waiting in the wings. I not only didn’t have paper, no pen….so borrowing the waiters pen, shapes that appealed to me where quickly drawn. The figures moving around changed the light prospective often and another napkin was required. Think I have enough information to compose several interesting paintings from one setting. I keep a small tablet in my purse with pen just for those inspiring moments…but where was it when I needed it…at home. So when you find yourself without, overly inspired, sketch on anything available….that is anything you can take with you. Restaurants frown on taking their tablecloths or napkins…..JoBeth
The napkin drawing
The 11×15 study on A’rches 140# rough paper
Seems I have little time to keep my blog up to date. Not sure if it is the lack of organization or too much on my plate…probably the latter. I paint/sketch or read, art almost everyday. Not everything I paint is worthy for publication….most of the time it begins as a masterpiece, runs off the road then quickly is tagged as experimental. Another word often used is ‘series’ that term is used when you can’t get it right. The experimental or series claim makes one feel as though they didn’t waste their time and supplies. The fat stack of those so called ‘experimentals’ seems to grow in the studio faster than the debt ceiling. I will admit learning from my mistakes has probably been the best tool in my kit. ‘What Not To Do’ would be a perfect title for a book but a high fever plaguing my body would have to be present for me to contemplate writing the book. The longer I paint the dont’s seem to have taken more space within the pages of my note pad than the do’s. What to do or not….doesn’t seem to keep me from that continuous passion to paint.
The painting below is 22×30 on A’rches 140# rough paper. A brush drawing using yellow ochre, on dry paper, a limited palette, and a #10 quill brush were the tools used to start this fun painting. The colors mixed on the paper keeping a close observation on the strength of values with every brush load of pigment. When dry the dark values were added to emphasize windows, doors, figures and anything of importance…experiment…paint a series….just PAINT
Twenty demos had make overs today…..hair cuts, color or new style…another advantage of cropping…paintings are simplified with a new perspective from the original…..
Had a fun day…no pressure…..going through photographs chosing figures that appealed to me or provided a challenge started the ball rolling. These are painted on Kilamengro paper, 11×15, a quarter sheet of watercolor paper. The subject and figures were drawn with a brush…this gives me freedom to think related shapes and eliminate detail. Hard and soft edges keeps the eye moving from one value to another. Simplification of the story was major because the figures are the most important. I didn’t realize how many selections there were to chose from until I started looking through all my stacks of photos. Hope you enjoy stepping into the scenes as though you were there…..there is enough mystery for you to imagine your own story……keep painting..JoBeth
Is anyone reading this like me…..take a camera or Ipad….and forget to take the photos of your journey. Well this is the second time I have failed to use the resources available. Those attending came to paint and at the end of the day produced some great figures. If those taking the class would send a photo or photos, some did more than one, I will post them.
I draw figures using the same techniques as other subjects. Starting with a proportional lose drawing with little detail is my approach to any subject including figures. When I am satisfied with the placement of the figure and the proportions I began with light value washes of warm and cool colors….painting around the figure here and there but also using this wash over the figure. Cutting across the figure anchors it to the background and splatters in the foreground are much more interesting than cuffed pants and shoes.. When the wash is dry the figure gets attention with color and any detail it needs to come alive. Waiting for the colors to dry I began with background and foreground….letting the previous wash suggest the setting. Dark dry brush marks finish the painting….lot of fun and for me a challenge…