Day Six. This was a fabulous project. I found, with the help of Laure’s (our teacher) previous lessons, I’m no longer afraid to try and paint people! I feel like a whole new world of painting possibilities have opened to me.
This is my photo reference from Flickr, CC licensed for modification and commercial use (original photo by m-louis here).
I timed my sketch and it took 12 minutes. You can sure see the division lines I used to draw the bike rider!
The ink work took about 10 minutes – thank goodness my kneaded eraser removes all those pencil lines so well.
I have no idea how long the painting took. 30-40 minutes? I lost all track of time and even forgot to drink my mocha – how cool is that! I was totally immersed in the project – I LOVE IT.
I was grabbing colors from my palette without too much thought, but I like the results. I used a lot of Neutral Tint (never used it much before, but it’s becoming one of my “go-to” paints), DS Garnet Genuine, Cerulean Blue, a touch of Burnt Sienna and Hansa Yellow Light.
Help! Should I add the spokes of the bike wheels? Should I try to add some tiny little people on the paved path that goes under the bridge? And what about the foot pedal thingie (all technical, I know – ha ha ha)?
…I can already read Laure’s suggestions: put some shadows under those bike wheels!
And the project before this one? Can I just say that, well, the wheels fell off? We were in Versailles – and wow, I had NO CLUE how GIGANTIC it is! All I knew was Versailles = Peace Treaty at the end of WW I. If you haven’t seen it, just go to Google maps and search for it and take an aerial view. Amazing. A must see just to wander around.
But… our Imaginary Trip project was to go inside the Palace at Versailles (can you say “over the top opulence”?), find one of the paintings there, and paint The Painting. Eeeeeeeeek! Talk about raising my stress level! I looked around and around the palace interior and could not find a painting that interested me! Oh no… here we go again… I went “rogue” and did not follow our instructions. Instead… I decided that what interested me within the palace were the picture frames… not the pictures themselves.
I searched and searched the internet for images that were Creative Commons licensed for reuse… but could not find any of picture frames in Versailles. Finally I found a framd picture that had good licensing, and was interesting, and even though it was not from Versailles, at least it had the right feel.
Here’s the Flickr photo (by Lara604), original image here.
My sketch is here – took no time at all, which is probably obvious!
Next, paint. I decided to use just Quin Gold Deep and Quin Gold. But after I started it was just too boring, so I experimented with some complimentary colors and settled on Winsor Violet. I could also hear our teacher in my mind saying “make the darks darker” so I did. Here’s my painting, probably took 20 minutes to add the color.
I am not happy with this, but I’m telling myself it’s all good. And perhaps this is an exercise in how to deal with a journal entry that’s not at all what I pictured in my mind:
Ok ok ok… I couldn’t stand this painting. So I went back, added the “sides” of the frame and some background colors. If nothing else, it’s BRIGHT!