Friday, April 24, 2009

I strained my eye for details in my leaf painting. I started with a red under painting and worked back over it with yellows, browns, and oranges. This way all the cracks in the leaf were created by painting the space around it. Then I sanded over it and worked back into parts.
Here is another one of my tree paintings. I tried to make it more interesting with the composition and colors. I like the paint quality and worked with thicker paint and more layers. I may want to work back into it by painting over it and sanding out some of the colors and then work back into it. The problem is that the purple paint takes forever to dry because of how thick it is and all the red in it. We'll see, I may just leave it.
This is my alla prima painting of onions. It means all at once, so you paint wet on wet. I really like painting this way because it's quick, loose, and thick. We were only allowed to spend three hours on it, and I probably spent a good hour mixing the colors. I hope to do some more of these in the future.
I did this painting on a section of water from a picture I took. I like to look at it small because it almost looks like real water. This was a lot of fun to paint and really challenged my eye to see all the shapes and different colors in a square inch photo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This is the first tree painting I did for my class. I don't like it as much as the others I've done since, but I think there are some nice qualities about it. I did a charcoal under of the tree and then painted in all the negative space around it. I've used this method again in my other paintings, and although it takes a lot of time, I think the different values in each space makes for a more interesting piece.
In this painting I was supposed to combine line with paint. I did a charcoal under drawing and covered it with glazes. This rooster definitely looks like he has an attitude. :)

This is one of my paintings from my oil painting class this semester. I decided to go with the theme of trees. I really like them as an image and also the symbols they're tied to.