Painting from yesterday
Painting after today.
Detail of the bridge. Trying to figure out how I will do the pillars and if I am happy with the river before I do all four of them.
Another detail on the left side of the painting. I think this part is pretty much complete. Just this image in itself is strong enough to stand on it’s own. I recall my instructors telling me how I could cut up my paintings and put them on their own stretchers. I can hear my instructor’s voices continually when I am painting…it’s quite annoying as there are things I wish I could ignore but that’s not the case anymore….
Below are examples of other artist’s work and the possible techniques that they used.
In this painting the simplicity in the sky and then the details in the bridge and water is a beautiful contrast. It emphazes the detail that much more with this technique and it also allows the viewer to have a place to rest their eyes. If the painting was detailed everywhere it would simply be too busy (for my taste at least). I’m not into busy style paintings.
Yesterday I was browsing various ways in which artists decided to complete bridges, as I’ve been struggling with the bridge…especially the cables. It seems that this artist has really simplified the structure. The only method I knew was to be placing the main cables using the tape method for achieving straight lines, afterwards filling in the rest of the cables free hand. Decisions decisions. Thankfully the Paint Spot off of Whyte has employees that know what they are talking about when you ask them for advice. One of the ladies recommended the “Liner” style brush. In the photo, the brush is the one with the clear handle.
It works amazing for freehand painting and does quite long lines before I need to grab more paint. Super impressed. While I was using the brush, I thought how it helped me get back into the state of flow. Prior to this I was incredibly frustrated and had no clue how I was going to solve the bridge issue. Not going to lie…it’s a bit of a challenge following the lines and counting to see if you’ve done one already or not…and to make sure that the perspective is correct. The idea I need to continually remind myself about is that I am doing a painting…not a photograph. The brush marks is what makes it that much different and beautiful than a photo.
I have to consider how I will achieve the illusion of depth through:
- concentration in the hues
- warm and cool
The warm and cool may be the biggest struggle for me as the painting is quite “warm” in a sense…but it is cool at the same time with the blues and even the coldness of winter! Another challenge for me is to remember to change the size of brush that I am using. In this painting I didn’t use the acrylic to my advantage. I could have really used thin glazes and gone over in certain areas to play off of that. There is always a next time that is for sure! If you have any comments or questions, I am always open to answering!