Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Still Life Painting Number 1

So first off I have to say I was not excited about this assignment at all. I was not into it. We had to do 3 diferent sketches and pick one that we thought worked best. The requirements were to include three to five objects and arrange them in an interesting way.

I would have rather just focused on one object than do three. I was so negative about this painting but you know what as I invested more and more time in it it started to grow on me. I learned a lot from this experience, even though you don't like something at first it can turn out completely different from what you expected. What I like about paint is that if something doesn't turn out how you expected you can paint over it and start again. I do like that the acrylics don't take that long to dry. I am very impatient and I believe if the drying time was longer I would not be able to stop myself from painting over things and possibly messing up the painting.

I had this notion that I wanted to do a little more with the background. I didn't want the background to sort of just be in the background. I think it also deserves to be eye catching. I tried to use compliments like my professor said and I think that worked. I was too afraid to use pure color like he suggested but I think taking baby steps will lead me to take bigger risks.

I am new to painting and I'm exploring and trying to learn as much as I can. Keeping an open mind about ideas and suggestions is very important. I try to be that way but sometimes I just nod and go along with something even though I don't think something is a good idea. We all seem to have our ideas and are not willing to budge when people give us tips. Sometimes I'm this way but I just have to remember that in order for me to learn I have to be open and ask questions.

I don't like how I can't get close to true color when I take my pictures. I have to learn to take better pictures of my paintings. The head color is pale here compared to the actual painting.
This is my third painting for the class. I have not finished the second one, I want to post it when it's done. So I went ahead and shared this one since I finished it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

First Painting Update

Ok I took pictures of my painting finished. These pictures are not very good pictures. The light was just not agreeing with me. I took them in various ways to try to fix this problem but I don't think that was achieved. The colors were not translated to the photographs very well. I will post them all.

I also noticed that it got scuff marks or something in the transportation process. I will have to be more careful in the future. Any one have any suggestions on what I can do to protect my painting surface?

Here's the link to the page. I will post the pictures on that post.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Painting Finished

I finished my first painting for class this week I will get a posting up of it sometime this week as I am busy with school work. The assignment was to get a picture and use one set of complimentary colors. My colors were blue and orange. We were allowed to tint and share which means we were able to add white or black to our colors. At first I thought this was going to be difficult because I never painted much but I have always wanted to. I ran into a few dilemmas but I loved how I was making decisions from moment to moment and I experimented with my brush stokes, color, watered down acrylics vs. not using water with the acrylics, waiting for the paint to dry longer vs. not waiting too long before I started applying more paint. It was all a fun process.

Here is the image I took from a Time magazine.

This is the painting before I completed it. As soon as I can I will take a picture of the completed painting.

Have a great night everyone.