Welcome to my weekly update of trials, tribulations, frustrations, and successes! Yep, it was another week of crazy learning experiences. The first of the week started out promising, having had a good Saturday experience…by that I mean discovery….I had drawn my flowers on the bouquet of the “Cows in Bloom” piece, petal by petal, of course hearing Michael say, when drawing for a painting, you only need to draw what you need ., using the information drawn to guide you…I thought that meant draw every stinking detail…nope, for flowers, this one anyway, If You squint really hard you will see shadow shapes and the outline. So once Michael saw me painting each and every petal and struggling, due to the various layers – He knew that that technique was not going to work for me. So he suggested the squinting method and laying in the various values and shapes of the boquet, then BAM! I got out of my head and you could see shape, form and shadow. And the funny thing is, I relaxed and started having fun with it…I wish he had told me sooner, but hey, live and learn right? So after seeing the shapes, then comes slowly and I mean SLOWLY, picking small sections and laying in the shadows to form the petals. Also, there is a section of flowers to the bottom right that fall in a dark shadow. Well, I found out ..that looking at it tricks your eyes, even if you squint…it’s dark, really dark, and in order for the lighter portion to pop, you have to find the right dark value for the flowers to deepen into the background…it’s a tricky balance and I mixed a lot of paint, but finally got there. Oil or the 50/50 mixture is tricky as well, fat over lean after a couple layers, otherwise it will take FOREVER for it to dry and in 100 years it may start to crack…now, you don’t want that to happen do you? Oil paints, a serious learning experience for sure, but I am learning to like the vibrancy of the colors and the way the paint brushes onto the canvas. Sap green, was the base color for the bouquet, and man Translucent paint…it takes a bit to understand you only use a small amount..but the key to translucent paint is layering…I don’t really like it, but that’s because I am still learning to use it. Patience is everything when painting this way. I am trying hard to take it all in, remember what I learned to take me forward to the next piece. This coming week should be interesting, as Thursday I am going to start drawing a couple times a week with a live model… I have been trained for this using the Bargue meathod, but I still struggle with drawing. I practice all the time, more so than ever before, but It doesn’t come natural to me, but I am not going to let that get me down. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I am not going to let anything stop me from being the best artist that I can be. For now, I am going to go and enjoy time with family. I hope you have found this somewhat interesting…and yes, the struggle is real, but the reward is great!
Until next time, Love what you do, and do what you love.