The images are of my painting, The Train, in colour and in value (white through grays to black scale). The majority of my painting has light values. There are more mid values than black values. The repetition of the black on the wheels and the bars to the train's front lights create movement. The diagonalshapes are evident. My colours are predominantly cool with some warm colours for contrast. The sunlight is from the right. The front of the train is in this light. The side of the train is the local colour. It is not in sunlight or shadow. Although not seen, the back of the train would be in shadow. The back of this train is lighter as it recedes from the viewer.
Print with border of my painting, Burpee Tomatoes. On sale at Zazzle.
Zazzle.com is having an after Christmas sale. The sale is until Dec. 28/09 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.
The sale includes: 40% off posters/prints; 15% off T- Shirts/Shirts; 10% off mugs; 20% off tote bags; 20% off aprons; 25% off mousepads, and 75% off cards. The promotion code is ZAZZLEACSALE. Then click redeem. Discount is applied at checkourt.
It is a wonderful time to buy; sales help offset your shipping costs & more.
Zazzle.ca is having a similar Boxing Day Weekend sale. The code is BOXDAYZAZZLE. Since my products are public, buyers on Zazzle.ca can take advantage of the Boxing Day Weekend sale. If Canadians wish to register on Zazzle, I recommend Canadians register on Zazzle.com. Registration is free. Although prices are in U.S. dollars, it results in savings for Canadians and Canadians will be able to take advantage of the Zazzle.com sales. There is no sales tax for Canadians on Zazzle.com.
My painting of the train is completed except for a last minute check and varnish. I wrote about Turner’s and Monet’s paintings. They achieved movement and atmosphere. In my painting, I blurred edges of the train and wheels. My shape of the train and the lines of the tracks are diagonal. There is repetition in colour and lines. These techniques contribute to the movement of the train in my painting.
I wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and new year.
I have written about value; the white through grays to black scale. Every colour (hue, i.e. red) has a value (local value). The value and colour are affected by light, atmosphere, sky and objects around the colour. You squint your eyes to see values. Most artists agree that you should open your eyes wide to see the hue. But if you close one eye and look through a hole surrounded by gray, you will see the hue.
Sale: Zazzle.com is having a major sale. Check my shop announcement regularly for future sales. The sale includes: 60%offposters, prints; 50% off 10 cards or more; 30% off postage, mousepads, keychains, buttons, magnets, stickers and bumperstickers. Sale includes: $5 off shirts; buy 1 mug and get 1 free; $9 off calendars; 30% off hats; 30% off bags, and buy 1 binder and get 1 free. Click Zazzle code and see more sales. The deal is until Dec. 14/09 @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The promotion code is 12DEALZAZZLE. Then click redeem. Discount is applied at checkourt.
It is a wonderful time to buy; sales help offset your shipping costs & more.
If Canadians wish to register on Zazzle, I recommend Canadians register on Zazzle.com. Registration is free. Although prices are in U.S. dollars, it results in savings for Canadians and Canadians will be able to take advantage of the Zazzle.com sales. There is no sales tax for Canadians on Zazzle.com.
I am painting a train passing through the landscape. I hope to achieve the speed and movement achieved by many artists. Turner in his painting, Rain, Steam and Speed, captured these elements with loose, expressive brushstrokes. The train and tracks are separated by 2 luminous pieces of land. Turner blurred his edges by using the rain and mist. The train and tracks are a diagonal shape moving towards the viewer. Another work I admire is Monet’s The Gare, St. Lazare. The atmosphere and steam painted by Monet contrast with the trains.
See the painting by Turner and his other wonderful paintings by clicking on the title of this post.
This is a value image of my painting, Lighthouse Landscape, as well as the original. This shows the painting from white through grays to black. The sky is lighter as we move back towards the horizon. The ground is lighter and more blue as we move back. This creates depth and is called atmosphericperspective. The dominant values are middle values. There are more dark values then light. The dominant colourtemperature is cool. The warm sunlight comes from the left and the shadows are cool. When I first sketched this scene, I placed the water on the right side. This led the eye off the canvas. So I placed the water on the left side. The lighthouse on the right side and the diagonal inward shape of the land now prevents the eye moving off the canvas.
Lighthouse Landscape Original FineArtPainting Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood stretcher bars 20.4 by 25.5 cm, 8 by 10 inches
This is my most recent painting. The focal point is the lighthouse and particularly the top of the lighthouse. It has the darkest dark and the lightest light. It is almost one third from the right side of the canvas. The lighthouse and main activity are in right horizontal rabatment (the right square of rectangle). The lighthouse has a vertical thrust to show strength. There are horizontal edges, i.e. the horizon line, to provide contrast. Most of the large shapes move towards the lighthouse. In this painting, I have again almost merged the sky and water.
I have not yet posted this painting on my Etsy internet shop. I have posted posters, prints, cards and postcards on my Zazzle shop. Zazzle’s 60% off prints and posters sale continues. Bags are 30% off. See my shop announcement. I bought the budget bag, “After the Dance” at an earlier sale. My friends and I all admire this bag. I will make a new bag with the painting, Lighthouse Landscape, so people can take advantage of the sale. http://www.zazzle.com/arlenebabadartist*
I am very excited about today's Zazzle.com sale. The sale is 60%offposters and prints (framed prints do not apply). The deal is until Dec. 8/09 @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The promotion code is 12DEALSPRINT. You can also get $5offshirts. The promotion code is then EMAIL12PRINT. I expect the print sale will continue tomorrow but I cannot be certain. Check my shop announcements. http://www.zazzle.com/arlenebabadartist*
Women's hooded shirt with an image of my painting, Evening Sail. On sale now at Zazzle.
My favourite artists are from the Baroque period. These artists worked after the Renaissance and Mannerist eras. The artists include Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Caravaggio, El Greco, Velasquez and Gainsborough. These artists sought individuality and drama. They used light and colour and frequently dynamic diagonal compositions. I wrote about diagonal compositional structures. Their wonderful works are studied today. Artists can examine and learn from the art of this era.
Frosted glass mug with an image of my painting, Cherries.
Tension in art can occur when 2 elements almost meet. The elements try to meet or withdraw from each other. I heard that the greatest tension in art is in Michelangelo’s painting, CreationofAdam. The hands of Adam and God almost meet.
Zazzle.com is having a sale of 12 products on different days. The first sale is 50% off 10 or more greeting cards until Dec. 6 @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Code is 12DEALSCARDS. Check my shop announcement regularly for the future 11 sales. http://www.zazzle.com/arlenebabadartist*
Rabatment of the rectangle is a structural tool that leads to unity, harmony and balance. Place your main subject or image inside a vertical or horizontal square using 3 of the edges of your support's rectangle. Rabatment can be either on the left, right, upper or lower sides. I put my focal point in this area and also follow all the guides I have written about placement and elements for focalpoints. There are several articles about rabatment on the internet and you can do a google search for "rabatment". Read Dianne Mize's article "Placing our Images: Rabatment" and the article on www. emptyeasel .com.
Again, Zazzle.com has free ground shipping for all orders to U.S. addresses Dec. 2/09. The promotion code is HOLIDAYSHIPS. Free shipping ends Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time. See my shirts; top picks selected by other visitors. http://www.zazzle.com/arlenebabadartist*