Wednesday, May 7, 2008

After the last class - on my own now

What you will see below is the look of my current painting after the end of the last class in the session. From here on I'm on my own.

The forground needs a bit more work, but I'm close now. The trees on the left are closer to what they will look like in the final version. The one-time foliage at the foot of those trees has become a foreground rocky outcrop and the trees have been pushed to the background with a white glaze. But - not done yet. The trees on the right are in the middle of a re-do. And the water needs work.

Stay tuned. Updates to follow. I just don't know how regular they're going to be.


moneythoughts said...

Nice work. I like the foreground. I looked at it enlarged and you did a very nice job with that as well as the rest of the painting. Your white glaze as you call it, is nice atmospheric color and gives the painting, what I would call, realism. We know that colors in the distance fade and soften. Now that you know how to put paint on a canvas, keeping looking for things that you want to paint.

Sandy C. said...

This looks so different! I think you did a wonderful job with the foreground. I'm starting to really like what you're doing to the trees on the left and how they're differentiating from the ones on the right. The new rocky outcrop brings a different element and I feel it works well.

Can't wait to see more.

Lady Language said...

Where's my fiery red-orange foreground? Maybe a few vibrant grasses peeking it anyways, you are doing a great job!

nicole said...

wow, this looks really great with the different foreground.
Can't wait to see more :)!
Has been a while again since this last update :)

redchair said...

Hi Iceel,
I like what you’ve done here- showing the stages of the painting and talking about what you’re thoughts are. Glazing is so much fun and ever evolving. ‘The painting’ will tell you when it’s complete.

In reference to mixing colors- it’s like learning to balance on a bike. It will come to you and you wont know how you’ve arrived at it. Remember also that a great deal of the color mixing actually happens on the canvas, not your palette. (There is no mistake that you can’t paint out or over.)

One of the things I’d like to suggest is that you draw from your knowledge of photography. Remember those accidental over-exposed prints and the overtly saturated tones and shadows in negatives? They can become a your secret reference in art.

Fred has a trick that he does: If you look at his work, he really gravitates to secondary or neutral tones as the primary overall color. Then he interrupts his color scheme with a bold saturated accent. His flags come in with bright red stripes, bright pink hills in a background or even deep reds and blue details in his stamp series.

Anyway, have fun. Oh, I withdraw the marriage proposal noting that you’ve already found the love of your life. Maybe I’ll work on Fred.


Jennifer said...

i'm not sure of all the art "lingo" but I like the picture. don't be too hard on yourself.. you really good at this. :)

and best of all I feel like you enjoy it.. that is really what is important!!

good job.


Shadow said...

it's nice to see how it evolved and changed. this last one reminds me of the place i grew up in...