Friday, March 25, 2011
Painting Is Like Clay
We learned about painting a value study in class on Monday. I also learned I can do a whole painting with just three colors. Using the right values, light, medium and dark, the painting will look correct to the human eye. Our teacher did a landscaping painting as a demo with just blue, umber and white. I forgot to bring my camera to class, otherwise I'd show you the painting. So I could paint a face in blue or red and using the right values, it would look correct to the viewer's eye. I'll have to give it a try.
I had a perfectly good start with an ocean and sunset and then I decided to add some texture to the ocean then random dots to the sky. Can you guess what I used for the texture. Then I asked myself, is this painting going to be realistic or impressionistic or what. I think painting is going to be a lot like clay, it's going to take a lot of practice and experimentation before I know where I want to go.
This is a beginning for the painting in the first photo; I have much more to do on it. I now have three paintings in process. With paint I don't have to keep the paint wet if I want to add more, but sometimes I have to let it dry before I can add more. To be continued. Oh, that's the first tortoise I was able to capture in a photo for this year, they've woke up from their winter slumber and he's mowing the grass for us.
Please read Temptation of Words post about "The Other Side of Japan's Agony" a very uplifting read about people helping people.