I am making good progress with painting with acrylics on canvas. What a new adventure this is! So far I have finished 2, 2 in progress and 1 almost done…that challenged me a bit.
The first two finished paintings are:
The two paintings that are in progress are not ready to be revealed yet; one is a landscape and one is of a little girl in a white hat and dress with red shoes.
The reason for holding off on these is because I want to explore my (developing) style and techniques. Painting is totally different from fiber art; I am blown away with this in a good way. Even though I give a good bit of thought to the subject and the effect I hope to achieve….the results are like nothing that I can predict. The experience is as if the paint is talking to me instead of my being in charge. Its a bit difficult to explain but that is how I feel now. Maybe this will evolve as well.
I am in a reactionary mode, I am learning. As I apply the paint I observe the results and act accordingly; responding to the effects.
The fifth canvas was the most challenging so far.
The photo I used for inspiration lacked good contrast. I struggled with the hand the most because in the photo the woman was holding a cigarette that I didn’t want to include. Thus, the position of the hand became problematic.
I am trained (strongly) to draw from life. Conceptualizing is not my forte; however, I want to explore that as well.
Some areas need more refinement primarily the jacket, center and down to the bottom right.
I used a palette knife to lay in the background. The remaining areas are brushed in. I like the contrast of the smooth areas and the rough (palette knife). I like to make the two inter-play; as if the background is enveloping the foreground– “ground play”.
I am not as enthusiastic about this painting and have decided to take a break from it. I think it will only need one more painting session to be finished.
For a switch I decided to paint a conceptualized subject: a “simple” teapot.
Emphasis on “simple”! That is a joke…I am prone to make things complex and yet…I love simplicity. So, I kept my restraint and I think it paid off.
Learning to listen to the painting, learning to realize that not all the areas must be refined in fact having a combination of refinement and less refined is much more interesting to me.
This teapot is bathed in bright sunlight. The left side has pale colors while the right side (in shadow) has richer colors and a deep cast shadow.
I am using deep (1.5″) wrapped canvases and the sides are painted as well. This eliminates the need for a frame.
This painting is available!
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