Tuesday, January 31, 2012
They say that the best way to learn portrait painting is to do self-portraits. My problem though, is that I wear glasses and they add a level of complexity to the face. So, I was wondering what would happen if I try to paint a self-portrait without glasses, which means - painting without seeing well.
Well, in spite of having almost no resemblance, I like this portrait as a painting. This experiment forced me to work loosely and there was no risk of fiddling. I like the accidental spills of pigment, the un-softened edges and the quick suggestive brushstrokes. So, does bad vision lead to looser painting? Or... is loose painting a sign of bad vision? ;-)
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
|Patmos, Arches, 38 x 28 cm (11 x 15 in)|
Lately I have been watching one of Alvaro Castagnet's DVDs. I love his style - very loose, using bold colors and stark contrasts. This painting was influenced by him, I did it quite fast, trying to focus on the big shapes and main values. While there is still much to be desired, I had fun painting it and am happy with the way it turned out.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rookiepainter. I intended to do a more free interpretation, but it was all new to me - the shiny surface of the creamer and the texture of the thread bobbins. So I ended up fiddling quite a bit and producing a much more realistic type of painting. In the end though it doesn't look too bad.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
|Autumn in Muskoka, yarn on cotton warp, 75 x 120 cm|
The second picture shows the process and the frame loom that I built for the purpose. My initial intention was to make a series of four panes, representing the seasons. But unlike weaving rugs, where the whole row is the same color and can be easily automated, this tapestry style involves all manual work similar to embroidery. Unlike embroidery though, here if you don't like something, you have to undo everything back to that point. Not my kind of work!
So, I am left only with the Autumn. Maybe I'll revisit the four seasons idea in painting...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Santa brought me several instructional watercolor DVDs. One of them by Jean Haines - a DVD bound to build up your enthusiasm and make you pick up the brushes. After watching the demonstration on painting cockerels, I had to try it myself. I understand now why Jean is so excited about this subject. It gives the opportunity to really enjoy color.
I found a couple of photos of roosters that I have taken on my vacations. The photo of this first handsome guy above was taken in the Swiss ethnographic village of Ballenberg.
|Arches 140lb, 28 x 19 cm|
|Arches 140lb, 19 x 28 cm|
And this cocky guy (pun intended) I saw pacing self-importantly on a sunny city square at Key West, Florida.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
First I want to wish everybody a Very Happy New Year!
I don't make new-year resolutions, because I believe that the best time to change my life is today, whatever day it is. But I constantly make checklists, which sometimes annoys those living with me. Here is my list of things, related to painting, which I want to learn or improve in 2012:
1. do more portraits and figures;
2. start painting larger sizes – half sheet (maybe full sheet);
3. paint more from life and en plain air and overcome the fear of by-standers;
4. paint faster, loosen up my style and focus on simplifying the subjects.
And, as today is the first day, here is my first portrait of the year ( approved by the subject )
|Arches 140 lb cp, 19 x 28 cm|