Sunday, April 6, 2014

Keying A Painting

Keying a painting deals mainly with value [black and white], although it can also deal with color. But for now, I'm only going to discuss it in terms of value. Basically, keying a painting is determining which sets of values you are going to use throughout your work.

Here is a value scale consisting of 9 tones ranging from black to white. This is just one that I made myself, I'm sure there are others out there with 10 tones or more but that's alright, I think 9 is enough to demonstrate this idea. [And since there is an odd number of tones, that gives us a middle grey.]

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why I Stopped Using Photo References

Painting by Edgar Payne
There's a beautiful painting from Edgar Payne, one that I enjoy a lot. I think the main thing I like so much about it is the lively brushwork used and the simplicity used to create such a powerful image. Do you think his painting would've been as powerful if he had painted it exactly as he saw it?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Copying from Paintings to Build Skill

Painting by William Wendt

The image above is a painting by William Wendt who I recently discovered and enjoy a lot of his work. I don't have much to say about it but I do like the way the light plays through it, and the way my eye moves through it. Anyways, throughout my schooling I don't ever remember being encouraged to copy the master's work or any good artist's work for improvement. I can understand why though, especially for a beginner just jumping into art for the first time. It may encourage plagiarism, shows no creativity, blah blah, etc. But for someone looking to increase their skills with mixing color, brushwork, edges and many other subtleties, I think this can be a great exercise.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Escaping the Grip of Artist's Block

"A picture is a work of art, not because it is 'modern,' nor because it is 'ancient,' but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling." -John F. Carlson

The above image is a painting by Aldro Hibbard - an artist I recently came across when looking at images of John Carlson's work. I figured I should start off with some kind of inspiring image before jumping right into the topic of discussion. I find Hibbard's work, along with Carlson's, to be quite complex and calculated but at the same time, simple and effective. I've learned a lot by recently studying Carlson's book "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" - which is definitely the best book I own for learning all there is to know about painting landscapes. I will make more posts discussing some of those things later on, but for now let's get into the question concerning artist's block.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Painting Is a Journey, Not a Destination

I've come to realize that painting or any kind of art is a life-long journey with twists and turns rather than a destination or place that you arrive.

Art has been a part of my life ever since I can remember, starting around age 4 or 5. I would draw my favorite cartoon characters all the time and try to come up with my own characters every once in a while. Looking back at all my drawings, it seems I was most creative around ages 7 and 8, but I'm not sure why this is. Around this time I would draw whatever was on my mind - including little corny one-page comics. I was free to create, without putting myself down or doubting my abilities. As time went on, I would still draw off and on but it wasn't always the main focus in my life. I knew when I grew up that I wanted to become an artist but I never knew how or where or what I would do to keep a career.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Taking A Break Is Vital for Creating Art

We are programmed by society to think that taking a break is not productive to creating anything and that we should work non-stop, but upon further inspection you will see how valuable it may be to take a break from your work.

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