Thursday, March 27, 2008

Shape Welding

I like detail in my paintings but do allow it to blur the focus of the narrative. 'Dryad' needs the figures to weld with the tree. I want to show the texture of the bark but at the same time have soft flesh and a sense of life blood flowing in unison with everything. I am at real risk of drowning in detail with this ambition.

So I was interested in 'Gurney Journey's' post on “Hip Hip Hurra!” by the Danish/Norwegian painter Peder Krøyer. He discusses how by "shape welding" this artists keeps control of the complex details. He defines "shape welding" as:
"The trick is to cleverly arrange the elements so that adjacent tonal shapes fuse together into larger abstract patterns."

Looking at my image in black and white will help me decide if I am achieving this. I have a long way to go!

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

A painting for a pint

My son's Easter gift for his girl friend!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Colour and arthritis

I am moving away from neutral colour and starting to add colour glazes. I got excited and spent to long painting. My arthritis is very painful as a result.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Room size matters!

SueC's left arm and hand has not been right. I think I am on the way to solving this now ... bad drawing. I have a small house and am not able to move far enough away in the room to see the painting as a whole. So the lesson is ... get perspective of the whole picture when working on a large painting.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Still underpainting

The under-paint paint colours are drying quickly but I am worried that I have let the blacks get to dark. I am finding Elliott's book confusing and am irritated by the preaching tone at times

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