Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rose in progress - First steps

O.K. I promised awhile ago to show my step by step process when I start a painting. So, here goes.

I decided to enter a "Black, White, and Gray" show. I have an old used frame used for oil painting with some black velvet and silver on it, so I thought it would work well for a B&W piece. The inside dimensions are 8" by 6". Not very big so it should not take too long to finish.

I know what size I want the piece to be, and I know what colors or lack of, it will have. Now I need a subject. My search begins with a trip through my hard drive going to all those photos I have been taking thinking I may want to use someday. After perusing my photos I found a rose picture I shot in the park one morning after a frost. I loved the way the frost lightly coated each blossom and I took several photographs that morning. This is the one I decided to work with.

Next I opened the photo in a photo manipulation program (like Photoshop or GIMP) and started playing with it to get a good design for my picture format. This is when all those design principles come into play. I am looking at what will be my main subject, where I will place the main subject. I am also paying close attention to the negative space and the edges of my picture. So I flip and turn and crop till I find something I like.

Next step is to convert the image to black and white. Now that I have a subject it is time to think about the surface. I know that I do not want to use a glazzing surface over the painting like glass or plexi, so I decided on illustration board. Illustration board can be sprayed with varnish to protect the surface. It will also hold up to all the abuse I might give it. So, off to cut some board!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Enid Joy Mount Gallery Award

Whoopee! My painting at the Keizer Art Association show won the Enid Joy Mount Gallery Award!
It is the one posted earlier on the blog of the fall leaf. The painting of the leaf is titled "Fall's Festival" it is 32"X 20". The painting is colored pencil with just a touch of gold and copper leaf along some leaf edges. The painting is sealed with fixative and then sprayed with varnish so no glazing is needed. I had fun playing with the hanging position. It looks and feels different depending on which way it is hung (Landscape or Portrait).

I could not decide the direction I liked best so I put wire on so it could be hung either way. Then I left it to the hanging committee to decide.