Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chiaroscuro, Connections and Lost Edges

I worked on this today, a lovely quiet day at the studio. One of the things I wanted to do with this piece was to create more of a chiarascuro effect. To me chiaroscuro is more the extreme end of the Light and Shadow approach to composition and painting. Hopefully you'll see the difference between this version and the last.

This is a real nuance, but in Light/Shadow or chiaroscuro the painting is about the light on the objects....not the objects themselves. In my earlier version it was a nicely rendered pot but the lighting was pretty mild. In this version I have darkened the shadows quite a bit. I've also darkened the berries that fall behind the ones in front. I'm also starting to add darks to the leaves.

"Connecting" the darks is an important concept in Light/Shadow or chiaroscuro. In my limited Photoshop capabilities I've shown how you can follow the darks across the painting making it easy for the viewer to move from left to right, just like reading a book. In a perfect world I would have created a lovely abstract shape with my dark structures before I started painting, but sometimes I don't spend enough time doing that. Here is a blog post about how you would create that kind of's done in colored pencil but you get the idea.

I have two pics here, one of the painting modified in Photoshop with a line running through the darks and I have circled three places where the edges are "lost" which will also help the viewer move through the still life. Edges are like gateways, you can stop the viewer with a hard edge or move the viewer through the painting with a "lost" edge.

I still want to develop the leaves a bit more....but then I'll probably be done.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Berries and Mini Jar - WIP

"Berries and Mini Jar" 6 x 9" Pastel on Paper
Work in Progress

After taking the summer to paint landscapes, it's time to get back in the "still life" groove. I was kind of rusty yesterday, but the painting came much easier today.

This is a still life/photo combo painting. I set up the arrangement, and then did a pencil drawing to capture the light and the shape of the leaves. I knew the leaves wouldn't make it more than a day or two with the hot lights on them. I also had to move the berries in the real arrangement to get a reference for the berries on the right side in the shadow.

Hoping to finish it up maybe tomorrow or over the weekend. Feels good to get back to the still life and what I learned with Deborah Bays. Speaking of which, taking it to a critique tonight with Deb....we'll see what she has to say. Smile!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tea & Sympathy

"Tea & Sympathy" 8 x 14 Colored Pencil

Yesterday, I was thinking why doesn't the Bold Brush Online Competition allow colored pencil as a medium. So I sent off a note to the EXCELLENT technical support at Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) to ask that very question. In their usual prompt and professional fashion replied "It is an acceptable medium". Yippee!!

So I have entered my second painting for this month, "Tea and Sympathy", a colored pencil painting. See the right sidebars which are provided to us by FASO.

My first entry fee for "Red Rocks" was free since my website is hosted by FASO. The second entry fee was $14, but it will be great to have colored pencil represented in the competition. I think I have only seen one other entered, which is why I wrote to ask if it was legal.

I'm a happy girl!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Great Kids' Exhibit

As President of the Lakewood Arts Council I have another blog...I just posted a wonderful piece written by one of our LAC members, Jane Dorsey, with pictures by another member, Ann Quinn. It's worth reading!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Support My Art by Voting..Win an Art Note Card

"Red Rocks" 11 x 14 Pastel on Paper

My BoldBrush Art Competition August entry is "Red Rocks". If you click on the right side-bar badge it will take you to the web page for my entry. Please click on the "like" button (only works if you have a FaceBook account) and leave your name in the comments section of this post. On Sept 1, I will put all the names of supporters/voters in the "hat" and select a winner.

The winner will receive a professionally printed art note card with the "Red Rocks" image. It comes with an envelope and presented in a plastic sleeve. I will contact the winner for mailing instructions and post the winner here.

The more votes my painting receives, the higher in the "Popular Entries" it ranks. It's good PR for me. Thanks so much!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Number 17

"Number 17" 6 x 8" Pastel on Paper

After a week in Santa Clara, it was tough getting back to painting in the studio. I was exhausted and had more things on my plate than I had when I left. I swear whenever you go away the work doesn't pile up at a normal rate, it piles up exponentially.

So the goal here was just to paint, get those NuPastels moving and start getting my "hand" back. That's the lovely thing about this 100 Project is that when you don't know what to do, you paint the next number in line. Takes a lot of the procrastination out of painting. This is not a particularly interesting or good piece, but you learn to let go of the results and just paint.

Happy Painting to you! Whatever you do, make a mark on the paper today......

Monday, August 2, 2010

Announcing the July Winner of Art Note Card

"Colorado Gold" Pastel on Paper

In July I posted if you signed up for my e-mail newsletter your name would go in the "pot" and you could win an art note card, "Colorado Gold".

I have randomly selected the winner!!!! Drum roll please.......Gayle Uyehara.....of CA. Congratulations Gayle!

I have a new "giveaway" planned for August so stay tuned......