Friday, October 14, 2011
work in progress... Apple and Cloth 6x6
I feel like I've been having trouble painting lately. So, I just thought I'd share what I've been doing... I've noticed I haven't been taking the time I should in really thinking through what color I am mixing, and using and why. I start a painting and rush ahead, wanting to get it finished. I make too many mistakes and wind up correcting and getting too much paint on the surface. I scrape it off and go at it again. It's like I'm just guessing at what color to put down and hoping it looks right. And when it's not right, I get disappointed! Well, duh!! So, I wanted to slow down, and start from scratch. I thought an apple and cloth might be a good, uncomplicated subject to start with. I started with a sort of value study. There had been a "value" painting challenge on Daily Paintworks a few weeks ago, that was to do a painting using 4 values, black, white, light gray and dark gray. I kept my attention on doing that, and took my time.
When I decided to start using color, I really slowed myself down, and used only the tiniest bit of paint. Just a whisper of color.. and then I'd sit and think about where to go next.
Instead of staring and squinting at a certain area in the subject to judge the color or value, I have started to only glance for a moment, not aiming my gaze at a certain point, but just getting a sense of the area peripherally. And instead of squinting, I found that just relaxing my eyelids and tipping my chin up a bit to see is easier on my eyes. It seems the longer I stare, the more time my eyes have to focus on what I'm looking at, and to adjust to the brightness, then my sight is dulled to the true contrasts and colors. I went on to finish this painting, just haven't taken a picture of it yet. I like how it came out, and I had a nice painting experience. I remembered how pleasant and relaxing painting can be, and should be... I can't wait to try again tomorrow :-)