Friday, January 27, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Two studies of a favourite ginger jar that I have. The top one uses a palatte of Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange and white, while the bottom one is painted with Ivory Black and Titianium White.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
For the dark value in this and the previous study I used burnt umber, which is a nice warm dark. It is fast drying so don't leave it on your palatte over night or you will be like me and scraping it off the next day.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A couple of more views of the same white cup. I am realizing how important is brushwork and accuracy. I also realise now how the loose brushwork and casual look of many of the paintings of artists that I so admire look that way because the artists have great drawing skills and the ability to make their works look simple and easy. Behind that loose, easy facade is a firm, hard body of knowledge and technical skill. Kudos to all those who have spent hours, and hours on learning how to render simple, true objects.
Thank you to readers of my blog who have returned and continued to follow me after my hiatus through my internet troubles and through the busy holiday season when I didn't post for a while. I was so happy to see a comment, I can't tell you.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
It is great to be back on my blog again! Ever since my email got hacked I have been experiencing lots of techical problems, including not being able to post any pictures to my blog. I have been continuing to paint though, and have spent the past few weeks working through some exercises suggested by Liz Wiltzen, specifically painting value studies. It has been really useful, I have learned a lot and have enjoyed the process.