We had a pretty bit of snow drop in and I really wanted to paint it- but I find I am too busy. YIKES- STILL too busy to paint. I need to do a double check on my priorities! I did get a little bit of painting done this week and teaching watercolor class for adults on Thursday nights started up again. So much excitement! In class on Friday we did an exercise in contrasts- in the world we have hot cold, soft hard, spicy mild, etc. In art we can show contrast through color, texture, line quality, shapes, values…. below is a W.I.P.. I am keeping the circles warm colors and background hard straight lines will be cool colors. The ballerina is going to float between the circles and the hard straight lines- I hope!
Thursday Lisa and I went to TipTopPottery in White River Junction, VT and painted some forms…this is the plate I did before it was fired…be fun to see what it actually turns out like! I will post a picture when I get it back. I also wanted to show you the phenomenal response I have received for Tags4Peace. All these cards just waiting to be turned into tags! Remember next year to save those cards you get in the mail for me!
There are a few more pieces I started this week…hover over them for more info.
Here is a lesson we did in class- our teacher, Becky Darling, had us pick a painting to try to reproduce- she intentionally had us reproducing oil paintings. She wanted us to answer a few questions: What grabbed our attention immediately? Why did we choose this painting? What is the color scheme? Where is the focal point and how did artist achieve this? What is the path the eye follows through the painting? What did you learn from painting this work of art? My W.I.P. is on left- Franz Bischoff’s finished master piece on right.
I choose Bischoff’s painting because I love the colors and contrasts. The house in the front where one side is pushed to bright yellow and the other pushed to purple is what grabbed me first and I think that is also the focal point of the painting. Bischoff achieved this by using complementary colors. My eye goes to house and then to back ground houses, following the road and back around via the mountains, trees to the foreground. I am not finished but so far I have learned the importance of planning before painting.
OK- enough for this week- Peace Out- Till Next Week!