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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Fine Art Painting-Waterfalls


Waterfalls
Orginal Fine Art Painting
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on wood stretcher bars
8 by 10 by 0.75 inches, 20.4 by 25.5 by 1.9 cm

My objective in this painting was creating the appearance and movement of the waterfalls. I did this with repeated layers of thick paint and colours.

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Monday, 27 July 2009

My Sketch of Painting by Augustus John



Drawing after Augustus John's Painting, The Marchesa Casati
Graphite on Paper Darkened in Photoshop
I did this quick sketch from a painting by Augustus John. The painting done in 1919 is called “The Marchesa Casati”. It is oil on canvas and hangs in the Art Gallery of Ontario. I darkened my drawing in Photoshop to make it more visible. John was born in Wales in 1878 and studied and died in England in 1961. John was considered a master graphic artist and his drawings are worth studying. He did this painting in oranges and blues and his use of complementary colors results in a luminous portrait. My site has a link to the Art Gallery of Ontario where you can see this wonderful work of art.


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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Painting Rocks-Value Contrast

Painting rocks would be similar to painting geometric cubes. The tops of the rocks would be facing the sky. Similar to the ground, the top would be darker than the sky (value). One side of the rocks could be the local colour in sunlight and the other side might be the form shadow. I didn’t like the sharp contrast between the light value top and the side with the darker form shadow. Therefore, I made the edge of the rock between the side’s form shadow and the top, a value closer to the side’s form shadow but not as dark. The contrast between the light value top and the side with the form shadow was reduced. I was then able to lighten the rock’s top but kept this away from the edge.

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Friday, 17 July 2009

Painting Flowers in Water

You have likely seen the change when an object such as a flower’s stem enters water. The part of the stem in water shifts slightly and is no longer directly aligned with the part not in water. Stems of flowers also appear lighter (value) and brighter (intensity, saturation) when seen through water.

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Saturday, 11 July 2009

Study Art and Paintings of Other Artists

I have mentioned that I frequently go to the Art Gallery of Ontario to study the work of other artists and also to sketch. When I study a painting, I ask myself what attracted me to it. I find the focal point and consider the direction and type of light. Is the light coming from the left; is it warm? Cast shadows answer a number of questions including the time of day. What colours did the artist use? What structure did the artist use? What type of brushstrokes did they use? There are so many questions to ask; step into the shoes of the artist and learn.

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Monday, 6 July 2009

Fine Art Painting, Light & Atmosphere-Abandoned Boat


Abandoned Boat
Orginal Fine Art Painting
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on wood stretcher bars
11 by 14 by 0.75 inches, 28..1 by 35.7 by 1.9 cm

I was interested in painting the cool blue sky, the warm light and atmospheric perspective (as objects recede they become lighter and more blue).

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