Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I have continued on the painting. Worked on the clown figure, his clothing and his face trying to have the light come from below. Difficult in so small a face, under 3/4 of an inch in size. I have also softened the spotlit shadow edges. I think that its better as it was attracting too much attention before. I still need to work this out more. Also, need to repaint male onlookers shirt and sweater as they don't work for me. Perhaps a redder red and more strength in the light and dark. I've placed a pencil hold line for the tightrope. I will also increase the light of the underside soles of his feet/shoes to better give the sense of spotlight from below. As well as selectively light the tightrope in the areas where the light hits it directly. Not 100% sure of the hat and how to light it and whether the shape is quite right yet.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This is the developing painting, still unfinished. I have worked on the figures, the clown and the space between these 2 elements. I am also exploring how I want the spotlight shadow cast to appear. I have reduced its size (siloette) and I will soften it further in next session. Stay tuned for further developments over the days ahead. I will finish this painting by mid week this week.
Here's the first lay in for the painting in goauche of a clown on a tightrope. I have already done this painting in a different compositon without onlookers (see below) but I felt it needed something. I added the onlookers and had the clown face us and ownward plus I added a light to the tent top. This is the initial painting getting things in place and the composition stated and starting to add color.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I want to thank Lynne Chapman for her acknowledgment of my work and her awarding me the Passion for Painting Award.
I appreciate it so much Lynne.
I love Lynne’s work, both her illustrations and her sketchbooks. Her blog has an enormous amount of information regarding her illustrated books, readings, her work process and much more. You can view her work at her blog:
Something else I am passionate about. After drawing from life or starting a new painting (always such a thrill) that would have to be food. Good food is such a pleasure and the combinations of color texture and taste are like artworks to me from the simplest Croque Monsieur to one of Beth’s fabulous scallop stews. Now, chocolate is another topic - Oh well, if one could learn moderation.
So, now it’s my turn to choose an artist who inspires me. Melanie Reim is such a wonderful drawing teacher and artist. It’s Melanie that got me started on this recent drawing journey. What I love most about her drawings is that many are like paintings. Her line seems effortless, appears, inscribes and moves on.
Also, Antonio Garcia Lopez has long been a favorite painter of mine. Unfortunately he does not have a website I am aware of so try this for a view of his work:
The Table, painted in 1971-1980.