Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
So that led me to do a search through my browser. There are lots of art videos out there. Some are really good and some not so good. You depend on the ability of the artist making the video, the quality of the video itself, the quality of the audio both during recording and over your own speakers. Professionals make some of the videos some are made by amateurs.
Here are some of the sites that I liked:
There are lots more out there. Go check some of them out.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
I just finished a painting and wanted to share. In my drawing group Trafalgar-Square we had an email about the pottery Krater c515BC, was being returned to Italy. One of our moderators challenged us to do a drawing based on the Krater (thanks Nick). I got out my “Art of the Western World” book and found a photo of the Krater and three Greek pots.
This is a mixed media using three types of paper and acrylic paint. Below is my inspiration and my interpretation.
My blog is a month old! And 2008 is almost a month old! Time does fly.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Each of their composition process is as unique as they are. They provide suggestions and encouragement, and they share their knowledge. One artist even provides various checklists she uses while composing and executing a painting.
It is well worth the read. What makes this special for me is that the artists are either Canadian or they are living in Canada!
Design and Composition Secrets of Professional Artists
From the editors of International Artist magazine
North Light Books an imprint of F+W Publications
CDN $38.99 (US $24.99)
Monday, 14 January 2008
Daily prompts are provided for either drawing or collage work. I have been focusing on the drawing aspect. I have been letting that part of my artwork slide, and these prompts are bringing me back on track.
Some of the prompts are draw a snowflake, a tea bag, a windowpane, a cup with something in it, and draw a pencil. It’s nice to see all the variations.
Saturday, 12 January 2008
The blue in the sketch I see as being metallic.
Friday, 11 January 2008
This one is coming along well and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
The artist Jan Kirkpatrick uses 260 – 300 lb watercolour paper; pastels and washi paper. She soaked the paper, put down the matte medium, coloured with pastels and then put down the washi paper. While the paper was still wet, she washed on watercolour. Her paintings are wonderful landscapes, full of texture. Her website is www.jankirkpatrick.net
I used 3.5 x 5-inch 60lb sketch paper (it was in my bag); pastel and conté sticks; and 1-ply paper towels.
For my first experiment, I put down a thick layer of matte medium. I then used a pastel and coloured over the medium. I repeated this using the conté stick. I really didn’t like this, as I had to keep cleaning off the pastel and conté sticks. The colours were also very washed out.
The second experiment I did the same thing using a thin layer of the matte medium instead of a thick layer. The colours were more intense than those done with the thick medium, but I still had to clean off the pastel and conté sticks, although not as often.
For the third experiment, I coloured blocks of both the pastel and conté sticks and then brushed on a thin layer of the matte medium. I was pleased with this effect, even though while I was brushing on the matte medium, some of the pastel (more so than the conté) came off.
I repeated the third experiment using the coloured blocks with the thin layer of matte medium. I then added the paper towel and put a topcoat of matte medium on it.
To see how the matte medium affected the colours of the pastel and conté stick, I coloured blocks of both and then brushed on a thin layer of the matte medium over only half of the blocks. The medium darkened the colours slightly.
I like the effect that I got with my experiments number 3 and 4. I feel that I can use this technique in a painting. Once I work up some sketches, I will develop the painting on my blog as a Work in Progress.
Monday, 7 January 2008
Sunday, 6 January 2008
I like the result, but this isn’t the one I used for my class. The glue took a long time to dry and the total time to create this painting took way longer than the two hours I had planned for. So I was back to the beginning.
I still liked the tissue paper idea and I liked the composition of the sunflowers. My second piece was a lot faster to create. This time, I used acrylics for the sunflowers only the rest is just the colour of the tissue paper used.
Friday, 4 January 2008
Acrylic Revolution: new tricks & techniques for working with the world’s most versatile medium, written by Nancy Reyner is full of techniques in using acrylic paints and mediums. It covers a gambit of information starting with the basics of the materials used (brushes, paints, palettes, knives and equipment set up) through preserving, varnishing and caring for your work.
Ms. Reyner has included over 100 techniques. The techniques are grouped together under various categories and are geared for any level of artist. Attempt these techniques in the order provided or as they appeal to you. Whichever way you do, you will gain the experience of using the materials and expand your knowledge of how the acrylic paints work.
This book includes a Table of Content, Glossary and an Index. Also included is a Gallery of selected artists works in full colour. Very inspiring!
The book does rely heavily on Golden products, as that is what Ms. Reyner favours. She does however suggest that you try other brands to find the one that suits your style of painting. The binding is concealed coil wire, which allows for the pages to lay flat. This book is worth the time to read and work through the exercises of your choice.
Acrylic Revolution, new tricks and techniques for working with the world’s most versatile medium
Written by Nancy Reyner
Published by: North Light Books an imprint of F+W Publications Inc.
CDN $34.99 (US $27.99)
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
To start with, I scanned the pieces I wanted to paint and then made a small thumbnail sketch. On 140 cold press watercolour paper, I painted a wet-in-wet background. I then transferred my sketch to the paper. I started painting the necklace in the corner.
This is as far as I have done on the painting in the past two years. Other than the background the size of brushes I am using are 2/0, 3/0, 5/0 and 6/0. Each facet of the necklace is painted individually in a mix of wet-in-wet and lost and found edges.
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
As I mentioned in my first post, I don’t do resolutions well. They tend to die an early death. I can set myself some goal with deadlines and for the most part, I get those done.
So here it is January 1 and I am now setting my goals for the new year.
My art goals are to:
- Increase readership in my blog. I have started to have my blog's URL listed as a “signature” to all my emails. I will also start to include my blog site on my marketing material for my classes. The marketing material will be changed to include this URL by January 15.
I have bought a digital camera and as my internet friends have suggested, I will start to post more works in progress on my blog and I won’t be so anal about posting on a regular basis. I will attempt to post at least 3 times a month.
- I will get a website up and running by the end of June 2008. This website will be linked to my blog, added as a signature to my emails and added on all my marketing material within 1 week of the website being completed.
- My art studio/computer room is a mess! It is always a mess. So my first goal will be to clean/tidy it up on the first weekend of every month. To accomplish this goal, I set reminders to get this job done on my calendar. To check to see if this goal is a success, I have taken a before picture and follow up picture every month. Another good test is that I would be able to find my three pairs of scissors without moving stacks of stuff!