Monday, February 12, 2018

Sunrise Color Examples

Early Morning Sunrise 
This acrylic painting on gessoed canvas board was painted with acrylic and gesso for the initial layer and finished with Golden Open paint.  The color scheme is complementary of orange and turquoise, and the receding gradating color was used to create space.  This is the more realistic white glaze over the color at the horizon and at one edge of the two rocks.  I also used an orange in areas to tone down the blue.  This is not a highly realistic painting, but that is good as it only to about 45 minutes from beginning to end.

Hot Summer Sunrise
This acrylic and digital painting was created with acrylic paint, my i-Phone and BeCasso App.  I played with the next image and like it so much That I included it as the fourth color scheme which is triadic color of red yellow and blue.

African Sunrise
This acrylic painting was created with Golden High-flow paint on a pink gessoed background on a canvas board.    It is an example of monochromatic red color.  The textured foreground space was made by using saran wrap and several shades of red, black and white paint. 

Summer Storm's Sunrise
This acrylic painting was created with Golden High-flow paint on a blue, pink and violet gessoed canvas board.  It also was created by using saran wrap and various analogous colors of blue, violet and red- violet paint mixed with black and white.

Monday, April 3, 2017


After demonstrating a sprayed float, I decided to show how well this can serve as a background to a painting.  The white was taped and gessoed and the mountains and trees were added.  Asian art is the inspiration for this painting.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Strata Line Designs

I began this painting with a poured background.  Then the dark blue mountain shape was poured as well.  After some examination I created the strata shapes and lined shapes and ended with the small moon.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Line Design

I have always liked multiple canvas groups. This Polytich  celebrates directional force and movement.  It is one of my favorite gestural paintings.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Style of Appropriation

There are a lot of APS ready to let you appropriate an image which will allow you to take a photo and put in the face.
If your skin tones are the same it may work. However it usually looks funny.

Here are the steps that I would take in Photoshop instead.
First take a photo that will have the same face angle.
Crop it as close as possible.  If I need hands I usually will take some photos of feet and arms as well.
I just may want a more interesting face.

First on my original I will copy the hair. Put it on a separate layer.
After copying hair (Making sure it is on it's own layer) I erased the head.

Going back to the puppy photo, I went to image, adjust and matched the color to the painting.

As you see it is much bluer.

Next I resized the face to approximately the right size. 

 Making the background transparent so I could see the relationship I 
rotated the image.
 I start erasing the large unwanted parts of the photo.
 It is much easier to do fine erase when you zoom in 200%.
 Here I went to the hat, hair and erased unwanted areas.
 Bu turning off the face I refined the hat more.
 Here I copied part of the background to make up for
the hole above the head.

 This will work but needs some work to refine it.
 By adding a layer of black I am able to see better to erase more clearly.
 Here I am using a father erase tool to make the fur realistic.
 I moved the face down and need to redo some of the parts around the necklace.
 Here I added a section around the hat.
 The background hole is the biggest problem, I use the state tool to blend it in.
Then I used a dry brush and a pastel filter on the dog. I do the same to the small background as drybrush.
I add the same filter to the painting, but fade it.  After flattening the image, I play a little more with the background hole until I am satisfied.

The finished painting.

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How to Post Your Artwork --General Blog Page or Painting Page
Short Version
1. Describe Intent
2. Describe Outcome
3. Describe Elements and Principles
Long Version - Must Do Two Of These-this semester.
 Describe the piece thoroughly.  Tell me the title of the artwork, its size, when it was created, and what medium was used to make it.  What is the subject matter?  What is the content?  Is there hidden meaning, a subtext? What do you think the piece means?  Describe every detail of what the artwork looks like and what it is trying to say.  Is the piece representational, abstract or non-representational?  What function of art does it seem to fulfill?    Are there people in the picture, or animals or machinery?  Is the action in the foreground, the middle ground or the background? What is happening in the rest of piece? 

Tell me what elements of design are present and how they are used.  Line, color, shape, light, space, time, motion, texture; are these actual or implied?  What colors were used?  Is the scheme monochromatic, analogous or complementary?  What are the primary shapes, and are some formed by groups of smaller figures or shapes?  How is light shown?  What are the values and gradations in the piece and how are they created?  How does the work imply depth, if it is 2-dimensional?  Does the piece use linear perspective - 1pt or 2 pt?  Overlap?  Vertical placement?  Diminishing size?  Hierarchical proportioning?  Aerial perspective?  Is the passage of time depicted?  How?  Is motion depicted?  How is that accomplished?  Is the medium actually textured, or is texture implied?  How is that done, and is it successful?  Do the shiny things look shiny, and rough things look rough, etc?  Tell me what principles of design are used to form the composition of the piece.  What elements are held constant to create unity, and what elements are varied to create variety?  How is rhythm created?  Is the balance symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial?  How can you tell?  Is the artwork scaled correctly, and is it in proportion to itself?  What parts are not to scale or are out of proportion?  How can you tell?  What are the focal points and how are they formed?

What art movement does the artwork belong to?  Does it belong to a particular stylistic movement?  Did it stretch the boundaries of art in its time?  How did it do that? 

What is your emotional and intellectual response to the artwork?   What does it remind you of, and what does it make you feel?  Where does this work fit into the history of art?  Does it remind you of any others you have seen, and in what way?  Can you make any connection between this piece and others?    Is there anything about your background that influenced the direction of this work?  Is there anything about his or your background that would influence others reaction to this work?  What are the characteristics of the culture from which it emerges, and how does the work reflect those characteristics?  Does the work seem well crafted?  If so (or if not), does it matter?  What feelings, memories or associations does this work evoke in you?  Does it make you feel happy, angry, sad, frightened, disgusted, uplifted, inspired, depressed?    Will others feel any sense of kinship with the with this work?  Do you like it?  Why or why not?  Could you live with this art in your house?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shaped Line Designs

The shapes in the background were screaming for the same kind of foreground.  The gestural lines ended it successfully.