In my above painting, Hockey Player, I wanted to convey the action, movement and gesture of the figure. Much of the action and movement was achieved by the diagonal lines of the hockey player. Except for the cast shadows, the diagonals are contrasted with the square horizontal background and hockey stick. I try to keep my background abstract. The figure and hockey stick are placed on the vertical and horizontal thirds of the support. I used modeling and impasto strokes to emphasize the figure’s gesture.
One of my favorite figure artists was U.S. George Bellows a member of the Ashcan school whom painted contemporary American life. Bellows' paintings of boxers were typified by dark backgrounds and bright, rough brushstrokes of the figures describing movement and direction. (Above painting, Dempsey and Firpo, 1924)
My painting is a digital painting using mainly traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).
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