Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More Work From Class

Cafe Tray, 20 x 16

The still life above was the assignment we began in last Wednesday's class and showed for critique in this morning's, the final session of Laurel's alla prima class. In this assignment, as in the previous one, we used a blocking-in technique used by Kevin McPherson. My post of February 9th (first of two posted that day) explains the process in detail, which I like very much. I find that this method of identifying and applying the correct average color, along with the correct values, to the main shapes at the block-in stage saves a step by not having to go back and paint color into the different neutrals of a previously painted monochromatic block-in. A key, I find, is to make sure you don't sacrifice the true values of the color masses (especially the darks) when blocking in with color.


Linda said...

I like your painting! The composition is very nice and I like the colors.

Thanks for sharing the block in info. I am going to give that a try. Sounds so logical. I enjoy trying new techniques.

Marla said...

Love it! The onion is gorgeous. I have a couple books by McPherson and I've learned an enormous amount from them.

LindaHunt said...

This painting is so rich in color. I read the description of the painting process and found it informative and fascinating. I learned a great deal. Your compostions and simplified forms are really wonderful.

Marilyn M. King said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! Love your work and have enjoyed reading your explanations of the class lessons. I'll be back!