(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – The First Brushstrokes

I selected my three colours and started my personal worrying about how to use them... This is what I decided (to start with)... Note: These are all pébéo brand Studio Acrylic, high viscosity, opaque paints: I'll use Light Ultramarine Blue for my blacks, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue for my whites, and Cadmium Red Hue for … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – The First Brushstrokes

Natural Dyes – The first trial baths…

From top to bottom, we have Turmeric, Madder, & Red Cabbage. Each bundle contains cotton, silks, wool and in different mordants (or none at all). All the dyeing was done in cold baths and the materials were soaked overnight. I'm not sure why I don't have similar variety with the Turmeric as we can see … Continue reading Natural Dyes – The first trial baths…

Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

I'm finally finding my own way of getting through the workload of my FBRS260 class. I just have to do one thing at a time and do what I understand clearly first. The echo printing exercise seemed simple enough. Take a piece of silk habotai, scour (clean) it, lay some flowers and other organic materials … Continue reading Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Trying Something New

A little bonus (& maybe I'm cheating a little)... I printed out the b&w photo of my shot and placed it near my canvas to remind me of the contrasts... I'm supposed to paint only from observation, but this should help with that too. Now, I have to pick my 3-colour palette! Oh, boy! I … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Trying Something New

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Visualizing The Process

With and without being aware of it, I am always visualizing the process of making. I tend to be constantly thinking about it. I paint, sculpt, write, and make forever in my mind... sometimes even while I'm making something else. I don't know if other artists work this way, but this daydreaming, this fantasizing, this … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Visualizing The Process

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Setting-up the new model

The teacher has stepped up the challenge once again and now we need to make the painting with only three colours... not analogous... whatever style... YIKES! TALK ABOUT OPEN DIRECTIVES!!! Throughout the calls I kept filling with the composition and decided to add some dropped cloth and remove some elements. I kept wondering if I … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Setting-up the new model

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

We had the Zoom-class group critique on this one and I got really great feedback (& kudos... gotta love those kudos!!!). I got the depth, tension, and contrasts... the transitions between the red to yellow worked well and the teacher liked the way I used the in-between tones to capture volume. This was an enriching … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

Another visit to the Farmer's Market and a huge bin full of these orange beauties. Almost pumpkins, but not quite. Textured like zucchini, but not quite. The size of the average butternut squash, but not quite. It's orange, but the variations of hues and intensities on each squash make it... well, not quite orange either. … Continue reading That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

The Creature’s Cave

For me, monochrome photos always seem more cinematic. The stories that come to mind are almost always related to old monster movies from the 1950s... which are invariably in black and white. It seems to me that the directors had to be more experienced with traditional photography to frame their shots. Perhaps because they so … Continue reading The Creature’s Cave