Saturday, May 13, 2017

Abstract 1 Day 3

Abstract 1 Day 3 Intuitive painting process part 1. Oil on 6x6 Canvas. It is the first time I have used my voice in a video, so I hope this sounds ok.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Abstract progress

Here is some progress I have made on those Abstract Starts that I made.  
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I grabbed the first yellow in my bucket, which was Winsor and Newton Chrome Yellow Hue.  It makes an interesting green with the Ivory black.  It is a subtle grayish green that I think will be a nice tone to use further in this painting.  It is very warm and my first inclination is to make the face colors a cool.  I am going to let this dry and try out some glazes.  

Structure wise, I picked up an app called Handy that is a mobile art tool for artsts.  I played with the angle and lighting scheme that closely related to what I was seeing in this and used it to refine my shadows.  She is taking a more mature look and I think that has a lot to do with all my inner thoughts about motherhood. 

It is almost like she is growing up on my canvas.  She is getting wiser and she has a more mature look on the world.  I am not sure what she is telling me, but the more I work on her, the more I am making decisions about who she is and who I am, as I discover things about her.  After all, no matter what your references are, you are painting a piece of yourself in every painting. 


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I had some left over paint and I smeared it on these canvases.  My paint was truly at the point that it was use it or let it dry out.  So I grabbed some Winsor and Newton Terra Rosa and mixed it in with the Ivory Black and Titanium White and used a couple palette knives to smear more shapes around.

I really like the warmth of these colors against the cool of the Titanium White and Ivory black.  There is a story happening in this one.  I am not sure what it is, but it is, but it is there, making me think.

  
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This one is still a little violent and chaotic for me.  I don't really have any true ideas what is happening here.  Again, the Ivory black and Terra Rosa.

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There is an atmosphere happening here.  It is a dark landscape of sorts and I felt the need to leave the center of this one in lighter values.  I think some of my looking at mat painters and fantasy landscapes is proving influential.

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I simply deepened the darkest areas with this.  I like the separation of light, middle and dark values that this provides.  I didn't want to ruin that.

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This is upside down compared to the beginning.  I don't know why, but it seemed to want to be this direction.  One advantage to painting over old paintings is that some of the original paint is showing through and I am going to allow that to stay for now.  This was only a partially painted piece and it was a very simple block in.  That allows some interesting shapes.

Because so many of the others do not have much in sharp lines and sharp contrasts, I tried to punch the edges a little more with this and not blend it in.

In closing, I don't know what I am doing.  There is no plan.  For this series, I like that aspect of it.  I like that it is a playground and fun.  I don't even care if they turn out any good.  I do know that I will probably not buy anymore square canvases because it lends to too many centered compositions.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Thumbnail sketching with Zen Sketch



have a confession.  I hate making thumbnail sketches. At least, I did.  

I recently downloaded an app called Zen Sketch.  As a drawing app, it is the bare minimum.  As a life sketching app, I couldn't use it.  At my age, most media needs to be a little bigger than an iPhone to be useful.  Before I deleted it, I thought I would give this a shot

For demonstration purposes, I have flipped these images vertically, but honestly, they would be useful to just sit on a table and walk around for a while. If you have ever looked up at the clouds and tried to pick out formations that looked like something, then you are familiar with what I am making. The official term for this is Pareidolia.  

This is similar to what I am doing with all the smeared paint I did on my old paintings to create an abstract grouping to stimulate my imagination.  I have no idea if this will be a habit, but it is an interesting thing to do other than social media while waiting on something.  I do think I could make this refined enough to do a proper sketch later, if I wanted to.

Just because I don't have any of the tools I normally use to art doesn't mean I am willing to stop my daily practice, even if it is just letting my imagination run free for a moment.

I don't know about you, but I see figures and monsters and oceans in a couple of these.  I will let them sit on my phone and check back with them every so often, just to see if one speaks to me and calls me in to discover what it was that made me make these shapes.

It isn't going to do any good to drill the basics if I don't work on my imagination and keep the end goal in mind.  Just doing drills without the ability to perform is a demotivator.  I don't just want to paint what is there for everyone to see.  I want to paint the world in my mind so I can invite others to share the view.

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