I think it's kind of interesting how after a while our approach can feel a bit stale, and it's nice to try something new. Before two weeks ago I was throwing a lot of paint up fast, and not worrying too much (but enough) about where it landed. Then I would go into the painting and "fix" the placement of my objects. It's a fun way to paint, but it does have some limitations. I got to the point where I felt I was taking to much time fighting the painting back into place, and sometimes the drawing was compromised. However, lately I have been trying to be more deliberate about where I place each brush mark. I figure I have two chances to draw each object correctly, once on the edge of each object and once on the edge of whatever is behind. So, the new approach is to slow down a bit, and make each mark count.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We have had so many gray days lately, so I deliberately chose some bright colors to paint. I think I am in the mood for summer already...well at least spring. In any case this is definitely a brighter painting.
I have been trying a new approach to painting the last couple of weeks, and some of the results have not been my best, but I really think I am enjoying the new pace, and I think I'm happy with these last few.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I always like how glass will throw in some really dark greens and blues. I did, however, have a really hard time getting one blue in particular. I think I need to get a phthalo green and see if that will work. You know what color I am taking about. It is the one that is as light as a highlight, but as colorful as if straight out of the tube. It's the impossible color.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I was moving the light while I was setting this up and wondered how the painting would look if I had very little direct light on the subject. This is what I came up with. I just let a bit of light come across the front for contrast. Sort of fun.