This project brought me highs and lows. There were days I didn't want to continue painting and got bored of the subject... That's when I challenged myself the most... first to reconsider compositions and then to reconsider materials (or how I was going to use them). I'm glad this project is over. I don't know … Continue reading Still Life Project 2020 – In Hindsight
I've added some yellows, deepened the blacks, touched up spots with whites, and lined in some outlines... am I satisfied? No. I can't decide what to add or if I've already gone too far. I'be been staring at this composition in one form to another for over three m months now and I am frankly … Continue reading Warped Two – I gotta move on from this now…
I had fully intended to give you several steps, like I would when painting with acrylics or oils, but this one seemed to want to finish faster. On my second sitting it all came together. While I'm not entirely satisfied with it, I seldom am with any of my works, it told me there was … Continue reading Warped One – It’s Telling Me It’s Finished.
I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…
In a nutshell, I used Payne's Grey to paint in the shadows and then the painting bug bit. So, I did a nice red wash with a matte and opaque red over the crimson background. I did the same with the green surface in the lower half of the painting. I used a few different … Continue reading Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow
Here I go... time to take a leap... To be honest I've been procrastinating a little on the start of this one. I've still got a little trepidation regarding watercolour paint. I've got all sorts of preconceived notions about the techniques needed to make it work well and I'm not sure I can do it. … Continue reading Warped One – The first application of paint
I'm enjoying the messy brushstrokes here. They give the structure tension and movement. The more I follow this documentation of the steps, the clearer my vision becomes for how the end result might be. Not only am I seeing how the successive layers of colour will deepen the structures, I also feel how the light … Continue reading Warped Two – The first applications of paint
For those who've been following the progress of my still lives this past few months, you know I was challenged a few days ago to warp my visions and play with perspectives. The first version of Warped was done on a smaller paper: 17"(43.2cm) x 14"(35.6cm). I originally had no intention of painting it, but … Continue reading Revisiting the Big Still Life Project – Warped Composition – A Drawing
We had our final critique with some classmates and teachers and I got challenged to see my "Big Still Life" in a whole different way! I knew I was modifying the relative sizes of the pieces to play with multiple perspectives, but the shadows all grew from there same light source and direction. My teacher … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!
I'd love to hear your feedback on this one... is there anything you feel need tweaking? If so, what, where, and how would you like to see the changes? I fiddled for nearly four hours on this today (Nov 20th, 20) during my class. I'd stand back, look and dive in to add the tiniest … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I might be done with this one…