Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This is kind of a bizzarre still life that Ron set up for a few of us. I didn't want to paint it at first but soon found myself immersed in the challenge of it. A reflective pig placed in this shell-like-something-or-other. The challenge I had with it was I kept getting into the details before I had the overall colors and values established. This is oil on panel (11x14)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|In 5x8 Blue Handbook Journal - digital color added in Painter 11|
I didn't really know what this was until recently. I was in London over New Years and since I didn't want to visit the Churchill War Rooms with the group I was with, I found a nice place to sit and sketch - I thought. I sat on the little bench that is in the shadow of globe in the lower photo and started drawing. It was pretty empty when I started the drawing but within about 5 minutes there was a crowd of people taking pictures and I realized I was sitting in some kind of monument. I got up and left and walked across the street to a park and sketched the little scene on the right hand page. Today, going through my sketches, I googled the "peace dove globe" that I was drawing and found out what it really was. It is a memorial dedicated to the 202 people killed in Kuta, Bali in 2002, 28 of whom were Britons. There are 202 peace doves carved into this 5' round marble globe representing every person that died in that bombing.
I hate terrorism. It's the worst part of humanity. I don't understand it. It's worse than suicide, worse than murder, worse than lying, or cheating, or stealing. It is absolutely the worst thing a human can do. I also hate war. There are better ways to deal with conflict. This drawing on the left hand page means all sorts of things to me now and has all kinds of layers of feeling it didn't have before. I've been dealing with this heaviness for 2 hours now since I found the sketchbook drawing. It didn't seem finished so I worked on it digitally and in the working on it I discovered more about it and more about me. It doesn't feel right to pour it all out on this blog but I think it's one of the reasons I love drawing/sketching and painting. I learn more about the world and in that learning I discover more about who I am and what kind of person I want to be.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
|Oil on panel (approx. 5"x7")|
|Oil on panel (approx. 5"x7")|
I've enjoyed Colin Page's work for a couple of years now. Colin is a plein air painter that lives in Camden (my hometown). When I saw that he was doing a plein air workshop, I signed up early. At that time (back in early March), I had never before painted with oils. The first day was overcast but not threatening to rain so we drove up to the Camden Yacht Club. He started the class with a demo and then we spent the rest of the morning on a value exercise. We painted in only black and white, dividing our 11x14 panels into 4 sections and then painting one panel in 2 values, one panel in 3 values, one panel in 5 values and the last panel in as many values as we needed to represent the scene.
In the afternoon we added ultramarine and burnt sienna to the palette to study both value and temperature. The studies above were done with this palette. The top one is a 3 value study and the bottom one was not limited in value - just color. At the end of the day we lined up all of our paintings and talked about them. You can see a short video of that here.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The top painting is oil on toned canvas board (12"x16"). If you have been reading my blog for awhile you may recognize the image from a couple of years ago. The sketch I worked from can be found in this post. I did this the morning before the class and about 40 minutes into it I was very excited and happy with it. I proceeded to make a mess out of it but even so it was a successful study for me. I'll do this one again when I have more experience. It is definitely moving in the direction I want it to go.
The bricks, ahh - still in the brickyard but I am now using color on simple shapes. The effort here is to get the colors as I see them. This is oil on toned canvas board (11"x14").
Monday, May 2, 2011
I'm still using just black and white paint. I haven't yet "graduated" to color. Here I'm working with more complex objects - a glass jar sitting on a yellow brick with a small dark blue vase - and painting the values I see. I painted on a wooden panel (12"x12") that already had a color painting on it so it was a bit confusing at first to find my own drawing but it began to emerge soon enough. It's just a study but I do like the way the color comes through from under the paint.