Welcome to My Scene
"My Scene" is sharing a finished painting or my 3 step process to a finished painting using photographs or sketches. Asking, how can I make this scene or subject mine from refrences that hold my attention longer than 5 minutes. Some photographs are just....photographs not paintable interesting subjects. So let's began and hope you enjoy your painting experience........JoBeth
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Photographs dictate color, values and the unnecessary fluff for those who depend on them for composition. Local colors are safe choices for most painters, values are perdicitable, and at times to much information. Stepping out of that familiar comfort zone.....green trees, red barn, blue sky is not life threatening. Putting all those pieces together for the sake of composition takes time and several sketches to achieve the goal. Painting what is there doesn't stretch the mind nor take much creativity. No one has escaped that phrase from a novice 'it doesn't look like that in the photograph'. My reply....'it did where I was standing'. In my years of painting and instructing, the lack of understanding good composition is missing. Photographs are reference...spur of the moment excitement. I have seen or taken few photographs that are sound painting compositions. Shapes, color, value, and sometime format needs a refreshing perspective to produce 'a one more look' when framed. If ask to give a book review, would you rewrite the book....think of using those photographs in the same light....they are only references. Learn to paint ‘what could be not what is’. What is....is done...what could be is your interpretation of a familiar subject. Speaking of the familar....we don't take the time to review any seen changes that may have taken place.....so, the familiar is repeated over and over....
Quote from C.S. Lewis
Quote from C.S. Lewis
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed. C.S. Lewis
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have been painting watercolor for 20 + years and still learn from reading and viewing other artist creative works. Although techniques are basic, each artist has their own approach for application. The goal of each brush stroke is to produce a masterpiece. Refreshing the basics gives me a new perspective, one of those 'Oh! yeow' moments. I have listed a few books that I recommend for that moment if you are a veteran painter or a beginner.
Zolton Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor TechniquesA good book on techniques, composition, and color. The use of bristle slanted burshs for washes. There are demonstrations on simplification of photographs for traditional or an idealized design. Great for beginners or seasoned painters...