Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
These repeated failures are making feel blocked.
It isn't really that I am blocked though - what I am trying to do is press outside my comfort zone by attempting to paint things that I either don't know how to paint or that I am not good at painting.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I would like to do more of these types of paintings but I don't have my own reference photos and I can't use pictures of recognizable people without a signed release.
I tried to center the headings for the pin-up propaganda poster images below by blogspot won't let me do it :(
Art of Edward D'Ancona
Rosie the Riveter WWII
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I am also finding that art really is subjective. Everyone views it in a different way. The things that I hate some one else will love and vice versa. I have had one person say they love a certain painting and then have some one else say they hate it. Some people like realism while others like their art to leave something to the imagination. There is no right or wrong just personal preference. That's a big lesson for me to learn because I have always hated certain styles of art but now I am starting to see it from the other side.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wow, it is amazing what happens when you change the type and size of brush! On previous paintings I was using #4 and #6 round Robert Simmons brushes for the main body of the work and a #2 round Kolinsky sable for the details. Today I used a #00 gold sable liner brush for the detail and it made all the difference in the world.
The Kolinsky sable isn't that much larger than the liner but it was just that little bit too big for the small size of these paintings (3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches). I wasn't able to get the fine fur detail that I wanted with it. The liner allowed me to paint individual hairs in different colors to get a more accurate fur detail.