June 23, 2015
Labels: Oil painting
June 10, 2015
The class begins with drawing. After a lesson on perspective, composition, and values, notice the difference in Jimin's drawing, from the morning to the afternoon session. Her composition fills the page, and by toning the paper she is better able to understand values.
Oil painting starts with a similar process. A wash of color tones the canvas, and a rag, dipped in Gamsol, brings out the light, while paint straight from the tube is the darkest value.
Learning to mix colors, keeping them clean, not overworking the brush, and slathering on the paint - like butter - is a challenge for everyone.
May 27, 2015
May 18, 2015
May 08, 2015
Experiment. Try acrylic paint, and wield the brush with bold strokes of color; combine marker, and collage, with watercolor, and let the paint bleed on the page; or in an unrestrained homage to the illustrator Ralph Steadman, splatter it! These are just a few invigorating additions to the sketchbooks this semester.
April 30, 2015
"The light comes forward and the shadows recede." It's a mantra to repeat, when applying pressure to the shadows. Float the charcoal lightly over the page - later darkening in as needed. The pallid beauty of Mariel's self-portrait is graced with the intensity of a single eye. Thrust upward, Lu's self-portrait, drawn in pencil, captures the nuances of light on a mountainous landscape. I am in awe of their remarkable growth from the first to the last class.
|Lu's first drawing|