Monday, October 29, 2012
The fight as always revolves around making money off of the land. The issue is trade off- space for development and you will get some token space for a park or parks or fight the City of Fullerton and their bed partner Chevron and take the land back. Politics generally make me sick. Rarely is it about making sure the right thing gets done. I am not a resident of Fullerton but this is just another piece of land about to vanish. http://www.votenow.com/blog
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It was funny to hear how unhappy he was with the painting as he was painting it. I don't know if he was self conscious about it or being modest but I though it was beautiful. I never paint this small so it was informative to see him pull out the key details and his handling of the light.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ian went into what his pallet consists of and why. His focus in the discussion was to establish a consistent base for the artist to work from. His suggestion was to make everything familiar from the way you laid out the paint and arranged it on the pallet to the colors you used so that you could better focus on mixing the colors. His pallet consists of a warm and a cool color of each hue. Ian said the first step of the excercise could take the whole day. The most important thing was to be able to match the colors we saw and wanted to include in our painting. If we are to manipulate the attention of the viewer through our painting we must be able to realistically match what we see and put it in our paintings. Once we were able to match the color chips that Ian provided us; his direction was to then paint an equally intense but different color that he picked below our color match. There were only two pastelists and I was one of them. It was very difficult to take an oil painting approach to mixing colors and to get them to match. The effort above took a couple of hours. You would be amazed how many colors I put into this
Although we had been in class for four hours I still needed to paint so I walked down the road a little and got a decent start to this painting.
This was the other pastelist that was there. She had brought a painting that she had worked on. Below Ian critiques her painting.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This was a quick one. I nailed the clouds with a mid tone and then followed with the lights and then finally the darks. I then went after the dark shapes of the trees and worked to the lights and finally the highlights.
This pastel painting measures 24"X26". It is painted on masonite with pumice gel and acrylic paint.
The weather was changing and I did not know if I was going to be able to paint for long so I headed into the hills near my home. The clouds were constantly changing but the hills had a saturated feel to them.
I set up at the edge of the park looking into the box canyon. The masonite surface I used had the pumice gel and acrylic paint but Smaltz Hue is very transparent so you could see the masonite underneath it.
I tried to touch it once and leave it alone but I got caught up chasing the light in between the clouds.
Everything was flat because of all of the grays in the landscape. The shadows started creeping across the foreground and as I worked the foreground, I decided to put them in.