Sunday, March 18, 2012

Art: Rachelle.

Rachelle (Oil on gessoed illustration board, 7x7").

This was a good learning experience.  There were a dozen times I wanted to retire the painting, but I kept marching on.  At various stages, it felt too "comic-booky," with strong outlines for the eyes and other features. I felt that the drawing and values were strong, which left only one thing: edges.  So I went back and started to assess all of my edge work.  With a long haired sable brush, I softened edges.  I mixed transition colors and applied them between adjacent values that required an intermediate value step. And then I tried to notice the little things -- the small accents of color that informed shape.  Generally speaking, I'm pleased with how it turned out.  That last step -- taking a shape-and-value accurate painting and getting it to transcend into something nuanced, painterly, and emotional -- is difficult and something that can't be taught.  You just have to fight with it.  I'm still learning.  This was a good step.

It was also my first time painting on gessoed illustration board (Crescent 100.3).  I only applied one layer of gesso so I worried that the paint would soak in too quickly and I'd lose my wet-into-wet ability, but I never encountered that problem.  The other concern was that the surface would become slippery and paint would easily lift off, but that didn't come to fruition either.  I enjoyed the surface quite a bit -- more than Masonite.  I added texture to the surface when I applied the gesso, and some of that texture can be seen in the painting.


Bethany said...

this is one of my favorites that you've done. just lovely.

Bryan Tipton said...

Thanks Beth! This painting surprised me a bit which is always the best kind of art to create. While it's still new, I have a particular fondness for it.