Saturday, January 30, 2010

More School Work

Flowers and Teapot, 20 x 16

If this setup looks familiar, you probably saw it on the blog of one of my classmates in Laurel's alla prima class. In fact, Trish Siegel was nice enough to forward me her iphone reference photos, since the angle I had to work from in class didn't offer a very interesting composition. 

The class is exploring different techniques of blocking in a canvas. This one entails using a big brush to apply dark neutrals in very rough and dry form, then using a paper towel to wipe out lighter areas. Repeating these steps as necessary, you end up with a fairly accurate value study and block-in to paint into. I enjoyed this technique because it seems to help me to both loosen up and to work more quickly and spontaneously.


LindaHunt said...

Very nicely done. Your explanation was helpful and well defined.

Sheila said...

I like the result of this new technique very much Stephen. I can almost tell you had fun painting this with the loose and juicy brush strokes. Thank you for explaining this technique. I may give it a try.

Carol Horzempa said...

Youe description of the technique you are learning is helpful and something worth trying.

Your painting sure has a loose spontaneous quality and a lot of atmosphere. I like the subtle flower shape shadows on the wall...very nice!

Trish Siegel said...

Beautiful work, Stephen! There is a definite sense of light and shadow in this piece. For instance, the shadow cast by the daisy on the table, as well as the light cast on those in the vase. I'm looking forward to seeing this in class!

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

It's so great to keep learning using different techniques, materials etc. Nice job!

Gwen Bell said...

I always love your work, but something about this one really sings to me. Just Gorgeous!