Wanting to be painterly

The Chanachur Man - wip

Thinking and trying not to get caught up in trying to get all the details.ย  Trying to be free and painterly and even if I’m not there yet it’s been fun.

I know I’ve given the men in the background oversized heads but didnt feel like correcting it. Marked as wip as it doesnt feel done yet. I’m going to sleep on it and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.ย  Do you see anything that needs changing?

Here’s a sepia version put up because it looked nice. Maybe I’ll do one in brown tones ๐Ÿ˜€

The Chanachur man - wip - sepia

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Shadow Play

Shadow Play

Picked up a few 12″ X 16″ panels from the Art Shop at the League to work on over the next few days. This is how far I got on the first one. Not planning on doing much more to it. I know I should be working on the model but I just didnt feel like it. Not today.

Tried to crop the painting to see if it improves upon the existing composition. It needs further work though.
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Stuck to my limited palette knocking off even burnt umber for this painting. Had a big problem getting the darks. I was tempted to use the black gesso that a classmate offered me ๐Ÿ˜€ย  I’m proud that I survived the temptation.

Areas that I need to work on are Perspective and drawing straight lines with paint.

Last day of Pose 1

Flower market

Last day of Pose 1 and obviously I wanted to do everything but complete the pieces I had started ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.ย  One other comment is that several people in class thought I was using oils and were surprised when I showed them the acrylics.ย  I’m using jars of Liquitex Basics – Primary Red, Blue and Yellow with Titanium White.ย  Mostly because Dick Blick had it on sale for 10 dollars and back home in India I get one such jar for this price.ย  I’ve been adding a bit of Golden Acrylics Burnt Umber, Bone Black.ย  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.ย  Havent been able to stop myself from using the umber and black.

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Electricity : Illustration Friday

I’m sort of stuck on this one. Not a new experience at all ๐Ÿ˜€ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜›

What do you think? Any preferences? Any other suggestions?

Hum do Hamare do

Hum do Hamare do

Spotlight

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Not there yet

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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.

Mixed Media

When it is finished it’ll qualify for the title given to this post. So far it is in acrylics and today I plan to add oil paints to it. I’ve added a couple of layers of wash to the background and to the two male figures in it to make that part of the painting recede. Looks like a lot more of something is required before that happens. Any suggestions? Plan to add some texture to the woman in the middle to make sure that she is the focus of the painting.

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Update : Later in the day ๐Ÿ˜€ : one more wip. this time the layer with oil and two options using layers in art rage to make the background recede.

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Update : Feb 7, 2008 : This is the first piece in which I’ve used both acrylics and oil. Though I’d used acrylics to tone the canvas before starting in oil, it had never crossed my mind to make a more complete painting in acrylic and then add oil until Bob Martin suggested it. He helped me immensely by making a demo and posting a step-by-step to illustrate his process. I have to thank him for this piece. You can see the final version here.

Once more with feeling

Portrait swap

Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today.ย  Still very much a limited palette.ย  Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake ๐Ÿ˜› ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green.ย  And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.

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November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.

I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse ๐Ÿ˜› ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.

The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. ๐Ÿ˜€

Annual Portrait Swap at WetCanvas!

Portrait swap

I forgot to add two more commitments for the month of November. Six and Seven. One was accepting an invitation for an exhibition, my first. And a second was helping a friend key in and sort out some text for her brochure.

The first casualty in this list of 7 activities has been 50,000 words for Nanowrimo. When the matter of the exhibition came up it took a backseat. I did write 6519 words and may add more to it when I find the time but it’s unlikely to be in November.

Here’s step one of the portrait for the Annual WetCanvas swap. 10″ X 12″ oil on canvas board.

Variety is the spice of life!

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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.

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Loosening up

September 16,2007 : The paint was wet on the first painting and I wasn’t ready to go back and finish the Ashulia Lady and so I decided to experiment some more. There was this beautiful, strong B&W photograph,taken by Anil, of a common friend. The thinking was that a monochrome painting would be different from what I’d been working on lately. I started off fine with a limited palette, mixing blacks and greys but one thing led to another and soon I was laying color over the black and white layers. It wasn’t an underpainting as I didn’t wait that long.

Getting a reasonable likeness was an important factor as I planned to gift it if it turned out well. My husband gave me good feedback both on likeness and the style I was employing. I had to stop as I was going out for dinner.

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I had initially planned on waiting till I got the colour reference from Anil. When we returned that night I couldnt resist taking a peek at it. The changes that needed to be made were shouting out at me and I couldn’t resist. Jumped right in and it was another very late night. ๐Ÿ˜€

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The first photograph was taken that night and the second yesterday evening. The actual piece is somewhere between the two. Closer to the second photo. I havent worked on it since Thursday. I’m quite happy with where it is now. Need to just fix a few of the features, like the ear, hair etc. and then I’m calling it done.

I would love to hear from you on whether you think this is looser than my earlier paintings? If you havent see any of the others, would you independently consider this to be painterly and “loose”? Whether you like colours to blend smoothly from one to another in a painting or prefer it to look painterly?

Comments and suggestions always welcome. I wanted to put in a poll to make things easier for you to give me some feedback but there doesnt seem to be an easy solution for a wordpress.com blog. If you know of one, do let me know.

Update : September 18, 2007 : I tried to do some major fixing and am now in a soup ๐Ÿ˜€ I did like it better at stage 2. Lucien Freud has been on my mind for a while and I think you can see his influence. I guess I’ll keep on going. The photographs below are from last night and this afternoon.

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Photo reference copyright Anil Advani used with permission.