Friday, January 30, 2015

30/30 Challenge-Fractured Apple-Day 30

We made it!! This month's challenge for 30 days of painting has been eye opening for me. It was like clearing out all the random thoughts and ideas that have been floating around in my head by doing exercises, and experiments without any worry about the results. Only goal was to search and learn from each painting session. You could say it was simple brainstorming much like a writer might do all the while searching for a 'story' to develop.

One extra activity I finally had time to do is watch the Julie Ford Oliver instructional videos on Daily Paintworks... it is a very creative and intuitive process she calls fracturing, and I couldn't think of a better time to explore her technique.

Day 30

Fractured Apple and Blue Berries
Oil on Linen Sheet 9 x 9
© 2015
I started with apples at the beginning of the 30/30 Challenge, so I thought I'd finish up with an apple using the fractured technique. It's a first attempt, and the only things I changed was substituting the squeegee with a rubber angle tipped shaper/wipe out tool that was already in my supplies, but will definitely make the kind Julie recommends in the near future. I also don't have as much layering, was afraid it would go muddy.

It was great fun to try! You should check out Julie's work to appreciate the potential!

Thank you all for visiting, reading and commenting on this 30/30 Day Challenge. Hope this record of my experience has brought some insight and ideas for your work too.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Angel - Day 29

During this 30/30 Challenge my own subject matter has been all over the place from indoor studio still life, portrait from life, and landscape. Included rendering same subject matter from photos to reinforce how differently the colors are represented. Certainly not a body of work for gallery representation, but what a pleasure to just play and experiment. I've learned that I love to paint anything and everything.

After the end of the challenge, I'll narrow it down and select a few things to concentrate on for awhile. Since so many questions have come up while working on certain subjects, I'll be quite busy with my journal too.

Questions that you might also be asking are:
Why do I paint? Why this subject?
Is it a big idea or just something to practice craft?
What's my real motive - self fulfillment, therapy, money, etc.?
Is the idea related to art concepts or just a copy of something sitting on a shelf?
Does each start have an intention? What is a successful painting?
Is this one better or worse than the last one? Am I making any progress at all????
Many more...

Day 29

My daughter's kitty, named Angel, went to kitty heaven recently, and I thought I'd do a little study for her. Finding a good photo wasn't easy, but notice the double heart shape on her chest fur-so cute!?

One of my personal goals was to start something new everyday, have to say, I came close. Only a couple were longer projects, but there was a reason behind the shift in the plan - mostly because I was trying slightly different things in one painting each day.

Since I'll be headed to a meeting, this will be one of several starts to be finish after the challenge this month.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Ballerina - Day 28

My favorite models are dancers. They have a sense of movement and body control that most other folks are missing. There is such a beautiful sensibility that is so expressive. Whether they are sitting down, or expressing in dance.

If you love to draw and paint the figure, I hope you have the opportunity to study from life. It is the absolute best way to learn how, and you can see and learn how others approach the subject.

Day 28

This little study was from a photo lying around my studio and thought it might be worth doing a loose value study using the color of linen as the mid tone and adding the highlights and dark tones to describe the dancer.

Time to begin Days 29 and 30.

30/30 Challenge - PK Landscape -Day 27

I wanted to get back to working with the palette knife again on a landscape. It produces a sculptural quality that seems to fit with landscape images. It's messy and textural, and if you love oil paint, it just satisfies the senses and my right brain loves it.

In addition to knowing it would take a lot of good practice to get this technique working successfully, just going for it gets rid of the tendencies of being too fussy. The expectation is different.

Day 27

Monday, January 26, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Roses - Day 25-26

I've had these silk variegated roses sitting in a pale for at least 3 years, and everytime I think about painting them I resist. It looked like an overwhelming task and I'd tell myself to wait until my skills were better. Well I don't know that my skills are better, but I decided to take them on.

I think I got some courage from something I read about how to approach mixing a desired color. I was taught to 'paint what I see', but I always saw what I couldn't paint because of the limits of paint. Nothing as bright as the sun, and nothing as dark and a black hole...
I never really learned how to actually mix a desired color and wasted lots of paint and failed continuously trying to achieve what I was looking for...

Well recently I read that when looking at a setup, identify the color (keep it simple), red, blue, yellow, etc. Don't try to say orangey grayish purple or some other impossible hue that's clearly not on your palette! So after identifying the hue, then mix for the value of that simple color, and also adjust for temperature... and finally adjust for chroma.

Day 25

I wanted to take time to give this new approach some time since I'm usually just guessing what to do with the mixes. I laid in transparent color to start and identified the light and dark areas of the roses.

This took a bit of time, but I let it sit overnight before making more difficult decisions about color. I did some practice on my palette to be sure I could remember the sequence of mixing.

I was putting in a warm background for contrast to the cooler color in the setup. It's all relative... right?


Day 26

The exercise was not as difficult as I imagined. Could maybe adjust a few more things, but my goal was to try the mixing approach.

I have some practice to do, but this effort using the above approach resulted in colors that I was fairly happy with... after all these are variegated silk roses unlikely to ever be seen in nature!

I will attempt again soon and give a little more attention to the composition and light source for stronger shadow pattern.

Thanks for visiting...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Madalyn Start - Day 24

I've been wanting to paint a photo of my granddaughter for literally years! I misplaced it about 5 years ago, and searched for it countless times with no success... 'sigh'

Finally, while just goofing around in a stack of colored paper, and 'what not', it popped up! I was so pleased - in fact, thrilled that it hadn't been destroyed?

Now it's duplicated and stored in a safe place... and I can start the painting process. She's older now, but I just love this pose of her and can hardly wait to finish it to hang on the wall.

Day 24 


Worked out a few sketches for value patterns, and just had to lay down a oil sketch before doing anything else. I will do a few more studies, but wanted to share this with you now.

Doesn't she look like an 'adorable baby doll'?

Thanks for visiting...


30/30 Challenge - Value Study - Day 23

I believe a big part of learning to paint is also doing activities that help solve potential problems that we encounter when a master/mentor isn't available to give us feedback. It's what we call 'study', but we of course we must be able to recognize what we need to improve without just being critical of our work. Since I know I still have the challenge of nailing values in color when doing a mix, I chose to work on that today...

Day 23


This setup is pretty quirky, not meant to be beautiful in any way, and I almost never select items with hard edges because I don't have a real steady hand or good tool for defining them except for a palette knife. However, since I have these blocks left over from my granddaughter's stash, I just set them up and lit them from the side. The little squash is almost ready for the trash, and thought it would put strong contrast into the painting.

I chose a setup with five distinct colors of different values. Didn't use black and white for the paint, rather UMB and TOR and white to change values. This way I still have some sense of color as I mix a value range. Then for your convenience, I painted swatches of the local color/shadow color of each item in the setup.

This is the result... can you tell what color is what value?




Thursday, January 22, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Huge Solitary Lemon - Day 21-22

Well, it's now day 21 and I'm still on track. Have to say that I've been feeling a little bit of resistance mostly because I want to put more time planning before starting a painting, but if I've established a new habit of painting everyday, then I won't feel defeated no matter what the outcome. The daily posting to the hosting blog is probably the most challenging to accomplish in this exercise because of the time limit on when posting is closed for any given day.

Day 21

Why this lemon?? Well, I've seen a lot of lemons, but none the size of a large orange!! This has to be the largest lemon ever - it's skin wasn't smooth and yet it wasn't very thick either. Just seems so unusual, but then I don't get to see them growing in their natural environment. Never the less, it wanted to be painted, right?

Once again with reflected light. The light source is again at the top, like high noon. I'm trying to keep most things consistent to see if I notice the color nuances more easily with fewer variables except for the main object.


Day 22

Decided to paint this record breaking lemon again with another light angle so I didn't get the halo effect on the table top-and a few minor changes in the setup. Lemon turned, changed the color of the table top, and added some greenery.

Still working on reflected lighting which is a huge challenge for me, but lots of fun trying. Also limited the time to complete so I don't think so much about the decisions.

Tip: This may seem obvious to you, but it wasn't readily apparent to me. The metaphor that comes to mind here is I 'couldn't see the forest for the trees.' Even when I squint, I've found that I'm noticing too much information when I begin a painting so I've decided to work with a setup from a greater distance so I don't see so much detail. If I need to see some more specific detail, I'll just walk up closer to see it. I think this will certainly help me see larger shapes first...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Solitary Onion - Day 20

We (meaning all the participants in the challenge) are two-thirds of the way complete!!
I must say, I am feeling several emotions ranging from panic to relief that we are on the home stretch... just 10 more days to create/paint something and get it posted. I've learned more than a few things about myself and the painting process.

So for today, it's a solitary onion that sprouted after sitting in the studio for weeks! Nothing about the materials changed except I used Senso clear acrylic primed canvas.

Day 20

Didn't make much fuss - just wanted to paint what I saw paying particular attention to reflected light. I plan to work with this idea in the future and consider the direct light, the reflected light, as well as the ambient light. There really is a difference and especially noticeable when working with 'whitish' objects. I will be more deliberate about setting things up next time I work on this idea.

The background in this photo shows more color intensity than the actual painting. I'm thinking my camera may need some adjusting, as well as figuring out a fool-proof way to get rid of the darn glare.

Since, I'm tired and hungry right now, I'm calling it a wrap!!





30/30 Challenge - Solitary Rose - Days 17-18-19

I decided to tackle something a little sweeter smelling after the experience from the last few days!

What better than a Rose? Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers (my other favorite is the peony), but I find them challenging because of all the intricate details. They have a lot of color shapes and values within the overall shape which can make them seem too complicated to tackle. I found however, that if you can describe the main perimeter shape and the main basic interior shape, they are much easier to handle... and remember it isn't necessary to paint each and every little detail unless that is your painting style.

Day 17 

If you read my blog from Day 16, you will perhaps understand why I chose this paint subject and why it is only started. Nevertheless, I am still painting each day, and that's a very good thing.

Materials are acrylic primed linen sheet and my usual bristle brushes and color palette. The rose is and off-white silk type, and while it has a softer look that a real freshly picked bloom, it won't wilt on me while I'm getting my time schedule back on track. It is sitting in the little purple box with glass for reflections.

Wishing myself more time tomorrow to complete!

Day 18

I was working on this while the Seahawks game was on, so that blew the 'more time' idea. If you didn't see it, it was quite an amazing game with the adrenaline in overdrive; the Seahawks won the game in overtime after being behind for a good portion of the game! They are going to the Super Bowl!! I think in all the excitement, I got a little heavy handed. The paint is thicker in places it should be thinner and I was confusing the values. Maybe work with fewer values in the painting even if I see more in the set up. Some of the color also seems too intense. I'm not yet satisfied with the reflection either.

With this many areas in question, it might be a good idea, to scrape down and adjust. The lesson here, again, is to simplify.


Day 19

Day three on one small painting is my methodical brain going full tilt! After posterizing the first painting image in photoshop to simplify the image with fewer values and see what/where would work. This process isn't completely fool proof, but it is another way of evaluating what you've done.

Using the converted image with other judgments (the result of course is still judgment/opinion).

I didn't scrape everything before I started making changes, alas, I started to notice a few other things that I could do!


So this is the end result and time to move on... you may not be able to see the subtle changes, but one TIP to share is that the angle of the flower can make a difference on the complexity of what your painting. I'll be exploring this idea further in the very near future, and may do a black and white study in painting first using only 5 values to see how it translates from that... it may sound funny to some of you, but I'm really having fun training my eye to values - sooooo important in painting!

Thanks for reading...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

30/30 Challenge-One of Those 'DogGone' Days-Day 16

I hope you'll for give the following entry, but I had some stinkin' issues to work out!

Day 16 

Izzy ©2015
I'm sure you've had one of those mornings when the unexpected throws off the entire day's plan... and believe me, I have had a couple of strange days causing a lot of  interruption to my painting time...

My sweet dog Izzy, got into the cat's food. I use one of those automatic feeders because the cat is an all-day nibbler. To continue, Izzy has a real problem with food and controlling herself when it comes to anything edible. She usually isn't alone near the cat food long enough to get away with this, and I'm not quite sure how much cat food she actually consumed, but it left its mark.

I hate the word 'diarrhea', and with good reason. For two days she had the worst possible kind, and I woke up to quite a mess - she just couldn't control that end either! Mind you, she NEVER has accidents in the house so this was an event of horrible proportions, literally. UGH!

As you might imagine, it took awhile to clean things up, but she is much better now and things are getting back to normal. I will warn you though, cat food isn't just richer than dog food, it is down right TOXIC to some dogs so be watchful if you have a mixed household.

This painting isn't finished as you see, but it did help me work out my upset with Izzy... does she look remorseful enough to be forgiven?

 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Self Portrait Study Day 15

Day 15 means we have reached the half way point for this challenge!

The original 'selfie', as we most all know, is the self portrait done by many masters in the art world, past and present. I've done a few self portraits in monochrome over the years, but this is the first attempt at a full color effort.

In the post for day 4, I mentioned that I would be using a not so successful monochrome image (not shown) for a follow up effort in color. It needed several corrections in the drawing, and then I proceeded.

Self Portrait
Oil on 9 x 12 Linen Sheet
©2015
My thoughts when 'taking this on' was to use a light that would make the features obvious. I wanted to get the proportions correct of course, as well as the value relationships. I didn't stress much about the color choices other than try to get the relationships correct - warm/cool, and paint the shapes of color...

Materials were oil primed canvas sheet, and filbert bristle brushes, and one small round synthetic. Used my usual color palette.

Pretty much an alla prima approach with mostly just direct strokes, looking for reflected light, darkest darks, places where the light was strongest, etc. Very little work done in the shadow side of the face.

OMGosh!!! Let me add here that this might be the first time I have looked so closely at my own face! The almost expressionless look with all the creases showed concentration, but this exercise was challenging me to keep my sense of humor. I will tell you, it is the most difficult painting I have ever done... why you may ask? Well, quite frankly I think getting the 'ego' out of the way was the real challenge. ;o)

However, even with the struggle, I will be doing more of them now that I've gotten over the first hurdle!

Thank you for reading...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Painting Systems - Day 11-14

All beginning painters want to know how to begin, how to proceed, how to paint an eye, and how to know when a painting is finished... of course we all learn there is no one right answer.

However, this gave me an idea - I've never tried doing a step by step painting using a 'system' that would give successful results, but thought I'd give it a shot because of limited time, and just curious. I'm still in my experimental stage with the 30/30 Challenge, so let's see what using preplanned decisions on the steps towards doing a painting in a way that could be considered as 'following a system.' This will be done in layers and with limited time for each step of 1 - 1-1/2 hours.

BTW, the subject of this painting belongs to some dear friends of mine who have a 35 acre property close by my home, and it is one of my favorite places to hang out when I need some 'farm time'. This image is a composite of 3 resource images taken at their property, and taken on a sunny day.

Day 11 - Step One: Initial Drawing Composition 

The drawing stage is how I was initially trained to begin a painting. It is not how I always start a painting, because often using masses first is better and freer way to work. However, let's go with drawing in the composition first.

The Barn is taken from one photo, the outbuildings from another, and the field with the road a third. Using a mid-toned linen, only a round synthetic brush, and TransOxideRed, and Ultramarine blue paints. That what I used to start this painting.

In my head I thought that each element that I selected might give a sense of space and also a good lead in to the painting. The materials would be attainable for most anyone's budget.

Day 12 - Step Two: Paint in the Big Flat Shapes of Local Color

This is straight forward because most anyone can identify the local color of an object, but gets a little tricky when trying to see the shadow areas.

I used one flat bristle brush and my current palette of colors mentioned in yesterday's post.

The paint layers are thinner in some areas that still show the canvas, and other areas that have a heavier cover. This was mostly done subconsciously, but the lighter value areas often mixed color with opaque white usually covers more.


Day 13 - Step Three: Paint with Heavier Layers and Adjust the Values

Something I haven't done before is to try painting with only a palette knife, so I decided this layer would be done that way. I also used a rubber wipeout tool. NO brushes today.

It wasn't easy to keep to this plan, but I did, and think there are some good results. Nevertheless, it was worth trying because I learned more about handling a palette knife and have a better sense of when it might be best to use one. A palette knife remember gives a more sculptural feel to the paint in general (unless you are scraping off), and sometimes it is really effective. Yummmy, thick oil paint can be sooo beautiful when done well.

The biggest and most frustrating challenge with using only a palette knife was trying to handle the details! Looking forward to the freedom tomorrow to use any tool I want  to correct some drawing errors, and going for the finish!!

Day 14 - Step Four: Finish and move on...

Tools today included anything even my fingers, and had the urge to scrap things away when I first approached the easel. Decided to follow through with the idea of using a 'system of sorts' and simply  resolved that this is all I will do with this effort other than revisit the results as a reminder of the experience.

Was a bit short on time for the finish, and found I wanted to start again using a horizontal format and not limit my approach as in this exercise. Most importantly after doing this exercise, the final lesson is that whether you begin with drawing, laying in masses, wiping out, etc., each painting image requires a little different approach rather than following a 'painting system'. That is an approach I can live with!

Once again, I hope this little exercise, including my humble 'opinion', will be helpful and save you some time as you move forward with your painting.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

30/30 Challenge - A Change Coming On - Day 10

WOW! This 30/30 Challenge is 1/3 complete!
Have to say it has been a great experience so far, and am mostly able to get this accomplished because of fewer unwanted distractions in my life. Yay!!!

Day 10

This little painting includes some changes on my palette.

After doing some preliminary mixing to test some combinations, I removed the Prussian blue, and will be using Manganese blue instead and will allow for some substitutions.
(The substitutions are so I can use up some of the tubes in my collection of paints.)
© 2015 - Manganese

My palette now has Cad Yellow Light (interchange with lemon yellow), Indian Yellow, Cad Scarlet (interchange with Pyrol Red or cad red light), Quinacridone Magenta (interchange with Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose), Ultramarine blue (as usual), and the Manganese blue (interchange with Cerulean blue or possibly Sevres blue). I will also include Yellow Ochre and Transparent Red Oxide and White (will be trying variations of this too). There may be occasion that I'll use a touch of Ivory Black because when mixed with yellows it makes some interesting greens.

To review these first ten days...
Setting a time limit for working on a study... this is good sometimes, and not so good
at other times. If I want to measure to see where I am with my sight skills, it's a good thing. However, if I want to learn something while exploring the possibilities of technique, then 'no thanks'; that's when I want to stand at that easel for as long as it takes for me to get my 'aha moment'.
© 2015 Grayscale
Values are starting to recording more easily when looking at color. Still do not get it the first time everytime, but with practice it does get easier.
© 2015 - Desaturate
Tip: Try using 'de-saturate' when converting to check for values, also use 'grayscale' to check for values - see which is more faithful to the information of the various steps. If you like, you can also use 'posterize' to flatten the value shapes and see if it relates to the way you first put down your basic value shapes before the details.

© 2015 - Posterized

Materials always seem to be changing to fit the desired end result. With this in mind, and after using a variety of canvas types, brush types, and colors, I am learning my preferences, and as a result, more of the preliminary thinking is taking care of itself. This is a plus and HUGE time saver.

Working Without Judgement is so liberating. No pressure, no feeling like I have to perform in a particular way... I can explore the what ifs, and claim the discoveries as my own, even if someone else has already figured it out. I must encourage you to take at least a few hours each week to do something similar. There will be no failure; only a lesson learned!

And finally the Changes I decide to make on my palette or choice of brushes and ground for painting are based on a real understanding of what the heck I'm doing and why. This is a priceless place to be...  I so appreciate my past instructors for giving me the boost to get started (a future blog topic), and yet to make a choice for this process selecting what materials, and exploring the technique is the most honest way for me to work!

A huge thanks to the readers with me on this 30/30 challenge. This first 10 days, I hope have been helpful to you in some way too.

Friday, January 09, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Ideas w/o Judgment Days 7-9

These small studies are using prussian blue as the blue on my palette. It is soooooo strong, but thought it would be worth it to have first hand experience using it.

I like transparent colors alot and Prussian blue is very much transparent. Also used Indian Yellow, and a mix of cad scarlet and permanent alizarin crimson for the three colors on my palette along with white.

I learned that while each of these is a beautiful color, the mixes are more difficult to control with the tinting strength being so different for each. Nevertheless, it was worth the exercise.

Also tried a few 'scratchy' things and props that I have not used in the past, and still limited the time worked on each painting as before - one to one and one half hours.

Day 7

Another apple day. This was done inside a dark purple box with light peeking in. I wanted to keep the colors strong and just went for it. Because the light was so cool, I decided to add TROxide for the darker shadow areas.

Used a piece of glass on the bottom for reflections which gave a bluish color to the area. Love doing reflections. This reflection is stronger than it maybe should be, but like the blue contrast with the reds and yellow in the apple. Also used the end of my paintbrush to scratch lines into the paint. No particular reason except to just act on the ideas that are spontaneously surfacing in this process.

I'd like to comment a bit further on this because it has been liberating. I haven't really tried to do a masterpiece on any of these small paintings, the only requirement is that I paint everyday and brainstorm ideas without any judgment. It's similar to how writers might get started. If you journal, this same process helps get all the crazy stuff out, and sometimes it allows some really good stuff to surface!! Really a fun and interesting way to work... try it!

Day 8

A pear day. Today's exercise was to use less saturated color everywhere except the main subject. Again with the reflection, and recording a simple impression of the pear.

Still just going with any thoughts and ideas that surfaced to see how much my subconscious was engaged. Same color palette and purple box, but as I mentioned was going for less saturated color.

Also tried another brand of round brush which seemed about the same as the other one, except it was more 'bendy' with longer hairs. And my usual bristle...


Day 9

Same apple (you can tell by the yellow spot), but with a plastic green bag used when it was purchased, and still setup in the same small purple box.

Worked on value, more than trying to match color for the surroundings. That plastic bag was no easy task with all the little facets. It would take considerably more time to get it more defined. Remember, I was not trying to get each little facet rendered, only the illusion, and only in about an hour's time. BTW, this poor apple is no longer edible! ;o(

Finally, what I can say about Prussian blue is it is beautiful and challenging to use, but worth the effort.


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

30/30 Challenge - Materials - Days 4-6

In a series of self-portrait paintings the intention was to paint from life (no photos) and see how similar or different each painting looked. Sorry you are not able to see the exact differences here, but you can take my word that they did not look the same at all.

From life because when using a photo, I find it is much easier to measure distances between shapes a features, and I want to train my eye to be more accurately from life.

Three days of the same model (me), the same lighting, and the same pose, with a time limit of about one to one and one half hour each. Exploring materials on these too...
you'll find the notes with each image.

Day 4

The first of three - using oil primed linen sheet, and bristle brush with a mix of
transparent red oxide and ultramarine blue, and with the lighting from from my left overhead. The image is reversed because of using a mirror to see the pose.

I thought the first effort was harsh looking with the stark white canvas; the surface was good, but smoother than I usually use. I'm told smoother is important when doing a portrait. There is a likeness of me even though I was looking pensive (which I was) about how to proceed with this effort. I deliberately put lots of detail in the facial area - wrinkles, puffy eyes and all to exercise my sight skills! I still want to make adjustments, but no more time.

Definitely have more work to do... I'll let it dry and then paint over in color to see how that turns out! Sorry I'm not showing it at this time because I don't want it to get posted to google... remembering that we must be careful about what the world sees of your work in general.

Day 5

© 2015
The materials for this one is linen with a clear acrylic ground, same colors used as above with the addition of white, and same brush with the addition of a sable 'cat's tongue'. This particular brush was amazing for control to get to some smaller detail...

I see some areas that need improved drawing, but could address this when it is dry and I paint over it in color, or do another with this canvas sheet. This one I think had the best likeness.

Will make a few adjustments in the next few days and then do another for demonstration purposes.

Enjoyed this one more than the last - even though you might not know it by the expression on my face! ;o)


 
Day 6

The last one of the three was the most difficult and here are the reasons: 

Because I liked using a toned ground on the last one, I painted a toned background over white acrylic to try for a similar look. The mistake - it wasn't as dry as I thought! Yikes!! Grrrrrr... sadly failed.

I also used the same colors as above, but with a soft round #4 synthetic brush. It has it goods points and bad, but really hard to evaluate because of the background lifting up where I didn't want it to lift even with a softer brush. And did not lift as much as I'd like in other areas, so a little white paint helped some. In my opinion, this brush was too soft for this exercise.

As I mentioned, the paint colors are the same, but I didn't always use the colors mixed hoping to compensate for the undesired mixing, but still got mud - ugh!

In spite of the difficulties, I decided to stick with it instead of changing the materials to see just what I could resolve, or not. Ultimately, after about an hour of working, I've learned better what not to do which is just as important as what one should do, yes?

I always say there's never a bad day in the studio, but you'll have to excuse me now, while I go wipe this last one down...  












Sunday, January 04, 2015

Intellectual Property Law Statement

 
I've had a moment today. Without going into a lot of ugly detail, it's regarding posting images to this blog and remembering that google can automatically pick them up. Since I'm not a web expert, and even after reading the instructions for how to remove them, I feel stuck. Sadly, this will ultimately result in a decision to limit what images I post even for educational reasons. 

Facebook has similar issues according to their new rules that you can read next... I've posted the following on my Facebook pages, and invoke the Intellectual Property Code for Google also. I know I have the copyright to my content, but this is just a reminder to pirates.

Effective today 01/04/2015, retroactive to the beginning of this blog, and moving forward, the following applies...


In accordance with the Intellectual Property Code I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, art, photos, texts, etc., published in my Blog or any other Online presence.

For commercial use of 'the above', my written consent is needed at all times.


This is not meant to dispute the current agreement with Facebook or Google per their agreement for use.


The actions mentioned above apply equally to Google, employees, students, representatives and/or other personnel under the guidance of Facebook and Google. My profile Content includes personal information.

Facebook and Google are open capital entities. All members are invited to publish a statement of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this text. This is about commercial use of personal content.


It is very important to protect your (my) exposure both in textual content as well as the images that are being posted. 

In addition, since I believe we are all students, there will be unsuccessful efforts that I won't mind sharing in person for various educational reasons, but these type of images will no longer be available to Facebook, Google, and any other of my online profiles.

30/30 Challenge - Values - Days 1 thru 3

I decided to join this challenge (30/30 Day Challenge) to re-inforce my determination to paint more in 2015... my posts won't be daily, to ensure I do not spend too much time posting more than necessary; and it might make for more interesting reading.

I will likely be posting unfinished paintings along with some that may get to the finished stage. My main goal is to paint or draw each day, but also will use this as a study tool and working on various elements in art. Will also be exploring materials.

These first were each given a short time with the idea of translating them later into B/W images to check my values. As you may already know, seeing correct values in colored paint is one of the biggest obstacles a painter faces. This is one exercise that I'll be repeating in various subjects to see if it makes a difference on how I see the values.

I know the reader will be at a disadvantage not able to see things in person, and there is some undesirable glare from the lighting - but here we go... and hopefully it will give you some ideas to work on too.

Subject: Values/Apples - keeping things basic to start.

Day 1
Using lighter a background to see if I can still pull off the value relationships. I do see the relationships and think maybe the values could be pushed a bit more... The light I used on the setup wasn't very strong light so this is about right and true to what was there. The halo around the shadow was actually there...



I think these apples have more detail than I needed to show.
 
Day 2
Once again with the apples... about the same today. I remember that nothing in shadow should be as light as the area(s) in the light. Since I used a light background, it will be a bit more difficult to follow this rule.


Less detail, and notice the yellowish spot doesn't show separately
from the red shadow area.

Day 3
Third try on the apples with the same setup including the lower lighting. Hmmm... except for the highlights, the background is still picking up more light than the rule would suggest.  Now, I really do wonder about that rule... will try apples again later in the month with a stronger lamp to see if it makes a difference. My thoughts are that this rule applies with each object, and not necessarily all object collectively in the entire painting.


NEXT comes playing around... ever wonder what to do with all those studies that will never be sold and likely tossed in the garbage in the very near future? How about wallpaper or quilting pattern ideas!  ;o)

© 2015


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Photographing a Painting in Warm and/or Cool Light

Since we have had sunshine weather lately, I was looking for something to paint outdoors and settled on the three stumps behind my home that is mostly covered in fern. It is a bit messy looking this time of year, but I didn't have to drive anywhere which made it an easy choice. It was mid afternoon - 3ish. Didn't give me a lot of light, but it was still an opportunity to paint on a partly sunny day!

The resulting image definitely shows the messiness of the scene!!! It was cold and I just wanted to get the impression down - total time about an hour (2 sittings).

Some of you may already know that when I brought the painting into the house, it looked different than what I painted outdoors. Since it would be seen indoors, I decided to take photos in both a cool light and a warm light. I also thought it might be a good time to show the differences... and hope you can see the chage on your monitors.

Cool Light Photo
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas Panel

Warm Light Photo
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas Panel


The same painting seen outdoors was somewhere in between, leaning towards the cooler range... the color change is subtle on my monitor, but really does illustrate how the light you are using for painting, and photographing really does have an influence on the colors you are using/seeing/painting! Warm light does look more yellow, and the cool light does move things towards blue.

My impression is that the warmer photo reads better on the monitor.
Probably will try painting this again in a different season when the new growth comes in to see how that changes the choice of colors. This clearly makes landscape painting a little more challenging knowing it will be viewed indoors under various light conditions, yes?

BTW, this is the first post for the New Year 2015. For January, I will be posting every few days on my progress with the 30/30 day Challenge. Thanks for viewing!