Here is an exercise for my students...
This time I took a picture of this simple still life to make it easier. Also this way everybody have the same "view" of the subject. We have poor possibilities to do big or nice still life installations in the space we meet to work. So I find this solution quite good for now.
Personally I prefer to work from life though as I don't get the same emotions when I work for photos. In my opinion emotions are what painting is about, so we should search for those every time we settle down work even when we only have a photograph in hand.
In this assignment they are supposed to paint only in values. And do this by mixing the three complementary colors (taking dark "primary" colors; to obtain real darks).
Several attempts of the same exercise on different papers is good to do, or start over if you are not happy with the result, and of course try to do better what didn't work.
Each paper might give a different reactions and result and you can also feel more comfortable with a particular paper compared to some others.
Mix enough paint and pay attention to the exact color you get by observing it's temperature and hue, before painting, or you might get a painting in too many different kinds of colored blacks and grays.
The task is to stick to one color, and that's also the difficulty when searching for the same hue.
Don't give up with patience and practice you'll get it.
I'm frankly tired of how Blogspot is working lately!!
I still can't manage my blog freely without compromising the hole layout. It doesn't register any changes without starting over from scratch the hole process of creation and also doing it in one and only time, or you have to start over again.
Lately on top of that the colors of the images you post get ugly when the are shown on the blog.
My header has white background, but it's shown grey and all colors duller.
So for now excuse me for this presentation, I regret the lousy look!
I might just migrate to some other "platform"... even if I'll loose all the work, friends and followers I made here since a several years!
I'm a bit too irritated to deal with it right now!
A bit sad the quality of blogger's rendering of a watercolor is quite bad.
My scan is fine but once put here it looses the smoothness in the rendering. I had already noticed this before, but when colors are light like in this sample it put's too much contrast and grain to what should look more uniform.
Anyway, I'm quite happy with the reactions of this new paper I'm trying out. Feel that it can give me new possibilities, and close to a rendering I've been having in my mind for quite some time. So I hope this chapter is to be continued...