Monday, April 05, 2010

The mystery of edges

This is one of those "Aha" moments from Adventures of a Migrant Art Worker, a blog I recently discovered.
From Larry Moore's article "edge making" - "Mark making is to painting as intonation is to speech and song. It’s the subtlety that takes so long to acquire. Learning how to suggest a palm tree with a few marks or differentiate between a bundle of reeds and the borders of a deciduous tree takes a life time of learning."

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Lemon on a Dish

I decided to go back to basics and start this painting as a grisaille as shown below. I think it’s better to work out any problems with values or composition at this stage rather than slap on colors and then have to make corrections later on which leads to frustration, wasted time and paint. In the past whenever I painted landscapes I always started by sketching the scene on the canvas with charcoal or if it’s a complex structure I use a graph. I then painted the layout in 3 values using thinned down Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre making corrections in the drawing, values and composition as I go along. Even though this canvas is very small and the still life is simple, painting in three values first made the process more efficient.