Above: Ran out of ideas on fixing the first one and so started on a smaller piece. It still needs work.
Below : Looks like I didnt manage to make the head bigger even though I thought I had. Thinking too about ways to improve on the background.
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.
Lastly, this is my 200th post on this blog 😀
Finally, I’ve decided to accept that in art I like to do different things all at the same time. I have not been able to stick with one medium though I tried hard. Instead of wasting energy I am going to allow myself to go with the flow. Though I continue to stay focussed on one subject – people, my experiments with various medium will continue unhindered. Makes me happy just typing it in. 😀
The piece above is 10″ X 12″ oil on canvas and the one below is acrylics on a 20″ X 30″ canvas. One is from an old b&w photograph and the second is my imagination. Both need work. The one above a little and the one below a lot more.
While thinking of an illustration for mask one of the ideas that stayed stuck in my head was one of deception. And I think we notice that in most ruling political parties of today. They say something and are busy doing something all together different on a sometimes unsuspecting population. Deception.
I could not come up with an illo for the topic help last week. I saw Teri’s take on the topic help and I loved it. I wanted to do one with humour in it too. That’s what I started out thinking but towards the end of the week I was ready to draw anything but I came up blank! This one is pretty standard but came to me immediately after I finished making peace!
Both were made using Painter and pretty quickly. I’m looking forward to getting back on track for these illo’s as well as the EDM Challenges in the coming year!