Last day of Pose 1 and obviously I wanted to do everything but complete the pieces I had started 😀 Actually I knew they wouldnt finish so I decided to start work on another piece. Sheer guilt made me work some more on the sketch below for a short while when the paint on the one above was drying. The weeks work with the model helped me paint more loosely for the blue painting. I still need to work on some details but overall i’m quite happy with it.
The first two photos in the ones below are from the work done on Thursday with inputs from the teacher. One other comment is that several people in class thought I was using oils and were surprised when I showed them the acrylics. I’m using jars of Liquitex Basics – Primary Red, Blue and Yellow with Titanium White. Mostly because Dick Blick had it on sale for 10 dollars and back home in India I get one such jar for this price. I’ve been adding a bit of Golden Acrylics Burnt Umber, Bone Black. The Yellow Ochre and Titanium Buff I used for one day but have decided to try and stick with the Liquitex ones as best as i can at least for class. Havent been able to stop myself from using the umber and black.
I’ve learnt a few new things in these past two days, some not so exciting. Firstly, my classes will be on for 2 weeks instead of the 4 that I had assumed. 😦 The school closes down for cleaning and preparing for the next term. I’ll be looking around for other learning opportunities in NYC. If you know of any for the last two weeks of August do leave me a comment.
Secondly, you cant be who you arent. In conversation with Philip Sherrod I said to him that I had really liked the painting put on his page by the ASL and signed up for his class. That I wanted to paint more loosely with freedom. And his reply made complete sense. He said that painting is a part of you and that he had a wild cowboy in him which you could see in his work but that if you didnt have that “wildness” in you, your work couldnt be wild either. Now I understand that whatever style I settle down to will be very much a part of who I am.
He did encourage me to at least try and deviate from my current method. I did but not very successfully yesterday. On one of his rounds he took the palette knife picked up some paint and applied it to my canvas and said that he knew I could’nt wait to take it off. Well, I told him the truth that I didnt want to take it off. But I was beginning to understand that i may not be able to dab on some more spontaneously. Just before class finished since I felt that I was just getting sloppy he asked me to see if I could get back to what I had been doing earlier.
Today, after trying that for a while with my limited palette of Primary Red, Blue, Yellow, White and a secret hoard of Burnt Umber I gave in and ran to the store and picked up Yellow Ochre, Bone Black and Titanium Buff :P. When they didnt help me ( I really need to do something about learning to mix colours!!! ) I gave up and used the palette knife to mix colours and started laying it on the canvas. I had fun and was happier with the results. What do you think? How does it compare with my earlier work?
Seeing it smaller on screen a few things are clear. I need to increase the size of the models head in proportion with the rest of her body. And the face definitely needs more work! And her outer left thigh needs to go in a bit. Shall try and fix them tomorrow.
Reading two of Robert Genn’s recent letters, The Early Morning Club and Control has left me wanting some discipline in my painting life. After a looooong time of trying I’ve had a full day today. Two half hour singing practice sessions, lunch with a friend, painting, taking photographs, surfing and now relaxing, blogging.
A gorgeous view – the light was perfect today. The photograph is much darker but you can still get a feel of the magic.
With the setting sun came an added bonus of a rainbow and that too without rains! I didnt know that that could happen.
Continued work on a painting I started last night. At 20″ X 36″ it’s a bit larger than most of my recent work.
I’m sort of stuck on this one. Not a new experience at all 😀 I was fiddling around with the image and trying out a few possibilities. The first photo is of where the painting is at now. The second one is a crop that I thought might make it look better as the empty spaces seem too evenly spaced in the first. And the 3rd is based on this weeks Illustration Friday topic “electricity”. I’ve created a kind of spotlight effect on the subjects. I’m leaning towards the 3rd as it fills up the space better but I’m not sure I can paint that effect 😛
What do you think? Any preferences? Any other suggestions?
Going through my usual settling back in period. A fun photo shoot helped me start the first one and the second happened when I got stuck on the first. Both are at the “ugly” stage but I’m just happy to have started.
The first is based on a photo reference taken at Jama Masjid 3 years ago. The second is loosely based on my recollection of a photograph that I’d seen a few days back. I have not used the reference for this one as I’m attempting to move away from relying completely on photographs.
Update : May 8, 2008 : you can see the finished piece here.
The first 3 are from life. The two still lifes were set up with a small table lamp used as a spot light and the 3rd is of my friend painting. The last is from a photo reference. I plan to create a still life setup at home too so that I can continue to inch closer towards the target of a 100.
“Head of a Peasant Woman in a White Cap” (1884) / “The Zouave”, Arles, 1888 / “Portrait of Patience Escalier”, Arles, 1888 / “Portrait of Armand Roulin” Arles 1888
Worked on these 4 starting last evening. I love Van Gogh’s work and it felt like a shame to not participate properly in the current MOM especially as it had been extended by a month to the end of March. While these are not the piece I had in mind I had a super time working on them. Surprisingly they took a lot more time to complete than I had planned for leaving me quite exhausted. I’m happy to report that all this practice using acrylics is helping me get (re)familiar with the medium.
I’ve used the palette knife rarely in these past years and then it’s been combined with brush work. Decided to rectify that by making a small piece using just a knife. Ended up using one large and one small. It was still difficult to maneuver and place the paint where i wanted it to.
This second piece was made exclusively with a brush. Because of the palette knife experience the work began with the filling in of the umbrella shapes and the drawing stopped there and the rest was just painted on. There is much more detail in the second one that I wanted.
The next time I shall try using both – the palette knife for the background and a brush to bring out the details in the pt of focus.