Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30/30 Self Portrait to End the Challenge

 6 x 6"
oil on panel
 Thank you Leslie Saeta for hosting a 30 in 30 painting challenge. This challenge really kept me motivated to paint. I love painting but working on my BFA can make getting in the studio a challenge. A girl has to maintain her GPA! Right?

Self portrait set up
 I purchased a 12 x 12" mirror tile from Lowes and then taped a sturdy piece of cardboard to the back of the mirror for added durability. For a face forward self portrait, I attached the mirror to my easel with a clamp on the upper right hand corner of the mirror. The lower left corner of the mirror rests on the easel's left support bar. For a three quarter view portrait, I set the mirror on my still life stand to the left of the easel. Either way, I find it very challenging to mix appropriate colors and values. I need to make this a weekly habit. Bare with me, please!

Monday, September 29, 2014

29/30 Moving Man

18 x 24"
acrylic on paper
If you are ever a model, please don't move! This guy was the worst and it shows in my rendering of his left leg (our right). Actually, it shows in both of his knees. That issue aside, I really like the rest of this value painting. The fabrics and objects around him really come to life. Probably because they held still.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

28/30 Finding Values with Friends

18 x 24"
acrylic on paper

If you don't get a close enough view of your model, just paint the back of your classmate's heads. Amber's and Marina's heads are my favorite part of this value study done in black and white acrylic paint. A blogging buddy of mine, asked what brand of paint my class was using so I thought I would share that with all of you. My professor supplied us with Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paint. The white is titanium. I would guess that the black is just black because it is as dark as possible and isn't warm or cool. I forgot to look at the exact color. I have really enjoyed using it and hope that Santa brings me some for Christmas.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

27/30 Palette Knife Peony

8 x 8"
oil on panel
I painted this still life twice. The first painting (see below) was done with a brush. This painting was created with a palette knife. I think I used at least twice as much paint on the second painting. Notice how the pale green negative space to the left of the bottle's neck changes depending on your focal point. I see a leaf overlapping the blue when I look at the black area or the red flowers. I see it as negative space behind the bottle when I look directly at the bottle. Weird!

In this painting, I squished (not a good thing) the blue bottle into the picture plane in order to "fit" those red flowers in the painting.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

25/30 Facing It

6 x 6"
oil on panel
I don't know why using my own face did not dawn on me sooner during this challenge. With painting daily, I frequently have the problem of coming up with a subject or a satisfying still life set up. Hello! My face has been there the entire time. Painting self portraits is the next best thing to painting a model. Great practice and not much room for error. Plus, I can use this self portrait for my senior seminar critique. So, please forgive me if I appear self absorbed during the last five days of the challenge. It's really just easier!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

24/30 Seated Pose

18 x 24"
acrylic on paper
This is from my drawing class. It is a value sketch created with black and white acrylic paint from our live model. Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for large scale value sketches. The paint dries so fast that you can easily alter areas that you later feel are too light or too dark. You can also correct proportional issues with ease. All that ease reduces the pressure for perfection. Large value studies are excellent practice for smaller paintings done in full color. After all, 18 x 24" is a lot of value to illustrate in one class period.

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