This is based on the palette we’ve been exploring in the class I’m taking at the Art Student’s League. I’m going to be starting a series based on this concept. This piece isn’t yet finished but I’m going to start some others and then finish them as a group.
I decided to do a monochromatic oil painting on gessoed watercolor paper taper to foam core for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s very light and portable. Also my teacher mentioned that I might prefer a less bumpy surface than cotton canvas. I chose monochrome because I’ve enjoyed my work in grisaille. I feel it has challenged me to focus on drawing skills, tone, space and form. With all that to learn to control, I’m pulling back a bit on the color for a bit.
The group met at a water park near a dam and a bridge on the creek. We selected the view of the bridge. Here is my work.
In class, we’ve been working with closed grisaille. This is my second piece using that technique that I’ve done for practice at home.
This is my summary of the steps.
Step 1. Draw in white chalk
Step 2. Trace chalk with paint and add shadow
Step 3. Retrace drawing in chalk
Step 4. Darkest dark, lightest light. Then work from dark to light.
When I was done I put down a neutral background…
I’ve been taking a class at the Art Students League. In addition to that I’ve been continuing my own work at home. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve completed since my last post.
This one was weird and I scraped it off the canvas after I photographed it. I didn’t like the composition and that really matters to me…
This was my first home work from class. I like the composition. It may be worth glazing color onto this one eventually.
This is one I’ve been working on for a while. I think it’s almost done!
A quick little drawing which I quite like 🙂
I decided there was nothing to lose by trying some new techniques with this one. Here are the results. I’m quite happy!
This has been a really hard piece. So much going on!
It’s not quite done yet. There are still a few areas to clarify and I need to bump up the reflected light on the small vase. I think I’m in danger of overworking it though so I’m going to let it rest. After it dries a week I think I’ll be able to reinvigorate it again.
In the meantime I’m ready for something simpler and without too many leaves!
I enjoyed the last little still life quite a bit. The rains hadn’t knocked all the red flowers off the first flowering shrub and the lilacs started blooming. That plus throwing my knee out moving furniture yesterday kept me home from my drawing class today. I figured I could set up another still life and work on it while seated. I hobbled out and got the flowers, found the sake vessels and spent an hour working on composition. (I struggle with still life set up.) I think the effort spent on set up paid off. This is just a start, but I feel it’s a promising one 🙂
It’s quite a bit bigger than the last one. 20×20… A challenge for me… but lately I’ve been feeling like I like the freedom of a bigger size.