Friday, April 16, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
A recent day's internal conversation: I wonder, could I sketch that image with my non-dominant hand? What if I tried? Would there be something to learn by doing it that way? Could I accept disappointment if it turned out to be a 'hot mess'?
After trying successfully to sketch it, there was more internal dialogue: What if I continue by painting it with my non-dominant hand? This was followed by all the other questions again.
It has been humbling to learn how well that side of my mind-body connection is capable of artistically rendering the vision I had for this piece!
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
In early March, Ardith's Land of Ardithian Color course started and continues into late April.
I've done a great deal of work in the course including detailed color studies (elective) and painting experimentation.
A selection from the color studies completed:
Reworked painting I like from one I didn't:
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
The lesson worked on today is to sketch a chosen subject and incorporate values of black to white using your tools...mine was a pencil. For the white areas, I left the paper as is with no marks. The intent was multi-fold:
1. To determine light source and use light and shadow to show it.
2. To use different kinds of mark-making to achieve gradations of shadow areas.
3. To use contrast to clarify form where needed.
With the finished sketch, the next step was to layer the values of black to white paint over the sketch. I used acrylics.
What I learned is that mark-making can be used very effectively in a variety of ways, though it is messy--even the paper gets dirty as you can see. The transformation to a painted piece was so well worth it. This one is bold, intense and soft all at once, from my point of view. What are your thoughts?
I'm happy with the learning. It continues to take time to 'see' various light and shadow interactions, and I know that will improve with time. In the meantime, I know I'm getting better at it!