Saturday, November 15, 2008

Art: Van.

Van (Oil on canvas. 11x14").

This was done using a technique called "burnt-umber pick-out." It's a monochromatic painting using only burnt-umber oil paint and turpentine. The entire canvas is toned with a middle value of burnt-umber. The head is drawn with a small round brush and thin layer of paint. Various methods are then used to add and subtract values. The glasses were painted by my instructor, Erik. This painting will be completed over three 3-hour classes. The first class was used to complete the burnt-umber pick-out (shown above). Over the next two classes, I will add color using a minimal palette. I'm quite pleased with the results of my burnt-umber painting, so there is trepidation that I will mess it up when I add color. Color is hard. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008