Saturday, June 01, 2013
145 Challenge - Figures
The time has come and I don't think I'm ready.
The one area where I feel a lack of mastery.
Mostly because I've always spent most of my artistic life painting
landscapes, florals, churches, sunsets, pears, maybe a few animals, etc.
Leave the figures to the portrait artists and people who really like painting people.
Figures are scary to me.
I would like to be be able to treat them just like a landscape,
blocking in shapes and shadows, not paying attention to the fact that there is
a PERSON or PEOPLE in there and I have to make them look like
a PERSON or PEOPLE.
But I'm going to give it my best shot.
I am going to try to complete two figures a week for the 145 Challenge.
If they don't turn out, well, you probably won't be seeing them!
So bear with me while I experiment with painting people.
Oh, and I figured if I gave them titles, I would have to finish them!
This is a woman standing next to an outdoor flower shop.
I have painted this once before.
Maybe I can do better this time.
My first nude.
I'm a little scared.
Do I try to use Old Master techniques? Nah.
Do I try to be patient? Nah.
Do I just go for it and sling paint? YES!!
Even sketching is hard.
I have art books on anatomy.
Do I want to use them? No.
Do I want to know every piece of sinew and bone in the human body? No.
I want my figures to have wonderful curves and lines.
To heck with structure.
"THE JEWELRY SELLER"
This is a beautiful older woman straightening her jewelry
under the portal at old Town.