A study done for Our Painted Lives challenge of 'Where we store things', this drill has been my trusty helper for more than 20 years now!..
Though I had planned on following along with all the weekly challenges, I decided after my lackluster interest in this one that I would focus only on the challenges that aligned with my main objective when I started, and that was improving my skills with colour and light,
I jumped ahead a bit with some of my painting buddies a month or so back, to do Week 33 where Nicolas asked us to search for old paint tubes we've bought in the past but have hardly ever used.. Begging the question Why did I buy this?..
Each piece just used two of these abandoned tubes and white, the two chosen completely by chance.
My throw of the dice landed me with palettes that were quite monotone, but it was still fun to find ways to create receding cools and advancing warms with the limited palettes..
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Hiya guys, Can't say as many of these dailies have been turning out as I'd like. Painting them each within a set limited time frame has proven challenging and these latest actually extended beyond the 1h set quite a bit.
Still I think it's really good practice to to try to quickly think of all the variables required for a good compo / painting - hues, temperature, composition, light, hard & soft edge, depth, weight and so much more.
I see these dailies as just sorta sprints to prime my brain to think quickly through the problems that I have already practiced thinking about in longer drawn out artworks though. Done on their own, they would probably have the terrible effect of inculcating a shoddy habit of mindless quick painting.
It's a skill to work methodically with precision while still doing so fast. Setting a time limit for a painting like this should be done purposefully as a side to the real practice of creating art where one has all the time needed to work out and ruminate on all the nuances of a piece. One naturally gets faster at it in time anyway.
Anyways all new dailies (that have survived) are posted on Studies before anywhere else so do drop by if you are interested! :)
Hiya guys! I've recently started incorporating these lil' life still life paintings in to my daily warmup sessions!..
Painted quickly alla prima, I'm hoping this will help me hone my life painting skills, especially in colour mixing and observation.
Someday's fall flat, in which case I just wipe the support clean ready for the next days daily. Luckily most days I manage to wrangle up something decent though.. at least so far.. :)
Here are the first few that I've recently made available for collection...
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Went for a much looser technique in this the 2nd of this 3 part series. Whereas the 1st was painted with a size 4 flat synthetic brush, this piece was painted completely with a relatively large Size 9 flat hog bristle. No preliminary underpainting or drawing was done either, rather I started blocking in with colour straight away on just a toned background, placing each block of colour as accurately as possible straight away and thus building the whole painting in this straightforward manner alone.
Loved the light reflections that this wine glass created on my olive green wall and decided to design the composition so as to have an almost abstract feel to it.
Painted alla prima and measuring just 2.5" x 3.5", this piece would make an ideal dinner table display piece :)
Using a very minimal pallet of light red, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue and raw umber, this piece was painted alla prima!..
Another favourite of mine I have been holding on to, but the time has come!..
This piece highlights our social and 'anti' economic system which profits and inevitably encourages detrimental effects to our environment and health.
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'Hiya mates!,.. Okie, this is the 3rd and last of the Christmas Mince Pies Series!! Mince Pies are our family's favorite treat during the festive season and we are sure to make a big batch every year come Christmas time.
If you're not familiar with them, they are a traditional fruit based, sweet mincemeat, British Christmas special.
Though I think traditionally there was meat included there is no meat in the filling at all now except for suet, but even that has been replaced with a vegetarian subsitute which suits me great since I eat only plant based food nowadays anyways!.. :)
They were just hot out of the oven when I took the reference pic for this piece!..
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The 2nd of this series of Chrismas Mince Pie watercolours is finally complete! The 3rd and last is too and will be posted soon!.. I started the two back in January but with all the hoopla it was impossible to work on them again till recently.
I'm really glad they are complete as I see them as closing a chapter in my life and look forward to working more and more on work more consistent with my present progression as an artist!.. :)
Thanks for having a peek!.. :)
p.s. The first of this series can be seen at 'Mince Pies Watercolour'.
This piece evolved from a modeled study of the chair. Modeled studies focus attention on the feeling of weight of the subject, and I tried to develop this thought process further by getting the viewer to perceive the weight/manner of the departed subject, from foorprints left behind alone...
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