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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Landscape Study with Impasto Paint



I decided to do the above study of a landscape with impasto brush work (thick paint strokes). I routinely limit impasto strokes to a few highlights. In this painting, I wanted to make my art more active and interesting.  I enjoyed using this technique and plan to add a few more details to the work.
                           
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Composition, Golden Mean in Art, Nature Painting by Babad



In my above painting, Natures Beauty, I wanted to convey the beautiful colors in the scene. I used the complementary hues, blue and orange. Complements enhance each other. The small figure is my focal point and contrasts with the vast space of nature.  I wanted to place my figure using the golden mean. There are several methods that provide artists with aesthetic qualities in a specific set of proportions. The golden mean dates back to the ancient Greeks. The golden mean is based on a mathematical formula. It is easier to think of the golden mean, golden rectangle or golden section as a proportion of approximately 5 to 8. I was taught and used in my painting the proportion 4 to 5. This proportion is also seen in Greek architecture, i.e. the Parthenon, and the works of the Renaissance artists. [Good compositions make the vitality and meanings in the artists’ works clearer to others and themselves.] (Nathan Goldstein, Design and Composition)  Another proportional method I use is the rule of thirds. When you draw a tic tac toe format, you can position a focal area at any of the 4 sections where the vertical and horizontal lines cross. Rabatment of the rectangle is a third method used to find the best location on the support.  Rabatment is the square within the rectangle. The rabatment's sides are all equal to the short side of the rectangle.

 
Golden Mean


                                   Rule of Thirds                                                                 

                                                             
                                  Rabatment of the Rectangle

This is a digital painting using mainly traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).
                       
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Night Sky, Linear Perspective in Painting Study by Babad



I did the above painting to study the effects of the night sky close to the horizon line (eye level) and the building in 2 point linear perspective. The scene was done around 5 a.m. and the sky was a red black hue (color) close to the horizon line. This also allowed me to use the complementary hue, green in the painting. The sides or planes of the building converge to the left and right vanishing points on the horizon line in linear perspective. Linear perspective is a method used to paint 3 dimensional forms on a 2 dimensional support. The edges diminish and converge as parallel lines to the vanishing points on the horizon line. In my painting, the horizon line is at the top level of the windows.  I used a muted green to paint the building. The building was lighter on the left side because of the number of overhead light fixtures. I went back to the area during the day so I could view the building’s linear perspective as I stood at the same location.  You can also see the form and cast shadows on the building, poles and ground created by the outside light fixtures.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Movement of Figures in Art, Paintings by Degas & Babad




In my above unfinished painting, Ballerina Soaring Movement, I wanted to convey the movement of the figure in space. I blurred the edges of the ballerina to help achieve my objective. While I did not use cross-contour lines, my lines overlap much of the form. Cross-contour lines are lines that cross and describe the surface between or up to the edge of the form (Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice, Ocvirk et al).  My support is more coarse than usual and this also breaks down the edges.  The artist Degas frequently used cross-contour lines and blurred edges to create movement (see Degas’ above painting, Yellow Ballerina). In both above paintings the figures’ gestures also contribute to the appearance of movement.

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