Sunday, June 13, 2010
This is the painting I did in the class, or ideed most of the work was done by 'himself'I do find it difficult to achieve in the workshop enviroment. Most of my creative time is spent endeavouring to correct and make things 'right' so the pressure of having to perform worries me. Funny as I was a 'performer' all my life, but it came from the basis of discipline and confident knowledge.
These 2 painings came from others in the class, neither of whom were used to the technique. The first is an accomplished painter of abstracts and the second, Cathie from the'Very Stuff' is a brilliant watercolourist.
Both very successful in terms of the direction of the class
- begin with black and white then add colour
- use a lot of medium to begin with dark
- lightbrush strokes over the black
- water more transparent in the foreground, less reflection
- scrape paint when it is too wet or dark
- dust on the horizon makes it more green
- many different colours in the sky, warmer in the afternoon
- soften the edges of the clouds
- mix on the canvas rather than the palette- easier to see if you need to warm or cool it
- minimal palette
- contrast soft and sharp edges
- keep flexibility between realism and abstraction