A Complex Painting Progression
A Complex Painting Progression...As many of you know, my technique is fairly new and still evolving. I am continually looking at subject matter that somehow is increasingly more complex. I have had good success with complex paintings if I paint them large...22" x 30"...but lately I have been interested in providing "Small Space Art" for my upcoming Spring Show. Decided I would paint a bunch of busy dahlias...because I could. (I have always had more guts than brains). My paper size is 10" x 15" and I sketch in the entire paper. My experience tells me this could be really really cool, or a disaster.
I throw caution to the wind, with my 'Laisez-Faire' attitude, and eagerly jump in.
There's my black and white photo and my sketch. See that yellow on the paper?...that's a special substance I paint on the areas I want to keep absolutely white. I'm a quick and sloppy painter at times and protect this white value. I peel it off when the painting is done. It helps to make my paintings successful.
OK...so far so good. Painting in my dark values helps me to make sense of all the shapes.
Am starting to lay in some light value color. It's pretty wild. If my values are right on I may just pull this one off!
I like it!!!!
As with most of my paintings in this style...looking at it close up appears quite abstracted but when you look at it a few feet away, your eyes see the images...that is the work of distinct values...lights, mid tones, and darks. Matted with a 3" white mat will give some resting area for the viewer. I think it's an exciting painting, how about you?
I came up with a really cool title for this one:
Next week let's explore how the old Masters created and critiqued their art. Critique groups are valuable in one's art career but there's something much, much more important...and the Masters perfected this!
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.