I revisited this painting because I grew to despise that way that it was....I am happier with this one even though it is very expressive. I worked with a 3 color palette which may not have been as successful of a color coordination as I would have liked. I just could get the darks as dark as I wanted or the color range I desired. I used Cobalt Blue, Cad Red Med, Cad Yellow Deep. and Titanium white. Mainly, I wanted to let you know that I am working with the block that I have been experiencing and feel that this was a good start.
This is a little 8"x 10" oil that I worked on today. I was doing a few exersizes with Notan over the past few days and wanted to translate what I had been doing into color. I will also include the black and white of this painting. It was fun to do. I find that translating into color is a bit more challenging. I love black and white. Want to continue with the black and white 5 minute studies. I will show some of these tomorrow when I can photograph in natural light. One thing I must keep in mind is to keep it simple. I could have simplified more and made it more interesting...hmmmmmmmm
Line is really my stronger suit. This began as a blind contour drawing and I like what was happening so I then drew from observation and finished it. There were lots of marks and I had to try and incorporate them into the finished drawing. This is a Sharpie marker drawing. I am laying myself out there very naked and I know that what I am doing isn't the best.....but if I don't try and grow and challenge myself I will always remain where I don't want to be.
I am going to continue making my collage pieces until they no longer interest me. AND.....I am going to focus on drawing again. It has been a long time since I have been actively drawing just to draw. It is incredibly good practice. I will be starting a triple portrait commission in a few weeks and think that the drawing will help in that process. I see a huge error in my composition with the black vase right behind the white vase....uggghhhhhh....well I will have be be more vigilant on my next drawing. I also worked this drawing to death which I like but, it may not appeal to everyone. The vase is my hobnail green vase and it was a lot of fun to draw although I had to really work the surface to get the right values.
I worked on some collages this evening because I have a bit of a block against painting. It is time I think to have the color calibrated because the color isn't exactly right. Have you ever experienced a block? Every now and again it happens to me and I am at a loss as to how to get past it. I did some reading about a block and the suggestion was to work on something that would be different from my painting. It was relaxing to just work with composition, colour, and shape. I chose to work with these darker more neutral colors. I seem to work a great deal in high key and I just wanted to challenge myself to work in a deeper palette. The colors are really very pretty but they don't look that way. I will ask my husband to do the calibration.