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Monday, 23 December 2013

Strong Color Work - Beached Sail Boats


 
 
This is my painting, Beached Sail Boats.  I had fun painting this colorful work. It reminded me of fauvist paintings.  Fauvism was the style of a few early twentieth century French artists. These artists stressed painterly techniques and strong color; not the representational style of the impressionists.  Fauvism lasted between 1900 and 1910. Henri Matisse and Andre Derain were major artists of this movement. My above painting is representational and not in the fauvist style. I liked the strong painterly color work in my painting.

My main colors were complementary hues (orange and blue, red and green).  My focal point is the 2 boats on the beach; I used complementary colors painting the 2 boats – red and green for greater contrast. There are a number of triangular shapes in my painting. Sails are not routinely raised when boats are on the shore but I wanted to make the shapes more attractive. I also used the masts along with the 3 boats to create right angles.  These right angles result in repetition, harmony and strength.

This is a digital painting using mainly traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints on coarse cotton canvas (Corel Painter 12 and Wacom Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet). I worked with mainly impasto and oil brushes.  My primary technique was painting wet into wet. I also glazed transparent paint over dry paint primarily over the shadow and cast shadow shapes.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Color in Winter Paintings, Snow in Landscape



I have not posted for awhile but I hope everyone has enjoyed my new prints and monitored all the holiday sales via my Facebook wall and Twitter account. This is my painting, Snow in Landscape.  I was inspired by the winter snow paintings of French impressionist, Alfred Sisley. I wanted to use color to paint a fun winter scene. My critique group and friends tell me I achieved this objective.  I used this painting as my holiday card; I personalized text and borders.  My main colors were double split complementary hues from the Munsell color wheel (orange and blue, red purple and green). I like painting the changing hues, temperatures and values in the light and shadow shapes.  My focal point is the figure in the red hat.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Repetition, Unity & Movement in Art: Painting City Road



This is my painting City Road.  I wanted to maintain the shapes and forms as well as show the vehicles on the road.  In this painting, the front green car is similar in color to the building it overlaps. This creates unity and movement from the foreground car to the background. The red hue (color) of the streetcar is also repeated in the taillights of the green car, the reflection on the road, the foreground light and in the two signs. The yellow hue is repeated.  Repetition gives the painting unity and movement. The view is Toronto at Dundas St., the south east side and Spadina.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Night Sky and Light Sources, My Painting Night Tower



This is my painting Night Tower. I wanted to paint the forms of the Tower and buildings against the dark night sky and several light sources.  This painting was done using a partial abstract method. The Tower should be more muted. I painted it light; the edges were not blended into the night sky. This was intentional on my part. There are several light sources from the windows and signs. I simplified the shapes of the buildings.  There are unseen light sources from the street lamps at the bottom of the painting. This makes both front sides of the buildings light. I added a figure to balance the painting and the geometric shapes. All hues and values were repeated in the painting.  I went back to this street during the night and day. This is Toronto’s CN Tower.  The view is from Queen St. at the north side and down Duncan St.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Unity & Balance in Art, My New Painting City Crosswalk



This is my new painting City Crosswalk. I was attracted by the pattern created by the crosswalk.  My initial concern was that I might divide my painting into two sections because of the busy upper part. My critique group did not feel I divided the painting and liked the use of the figure (my focal point) and the simplified buildings. Viewers enter my painting by the crosswalk and can exit by the sky. I used loose, expressive brush strokes and color mixes wet in wet. On this particular day, there was no sunlight. I added sunlight to maintain the forms of the buildings. 

One person’s critique of my painting: 

The upper half is not "busy" (IMHO) because the values and colors keep the eye relaxed, not bouncing up & down skyscrapers.

The gentle use of orange on the far left car balances the person's coat just right. The car windows balance the hair and pants. The violet of the other car is balanced in the far left building and elsewhere.

I don't know if you planned all this beforehand, or if it is the result of training or natural instincts. But it seems "just right", one of those perfect compositions that look deceptively simple but is never that simple. A great piece.”

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Composition, Color, Courbet's Painting The Wheat Sifters



French artist, Gustave Courbet (1819 – 1877) was known for his realistic paintings. His paintings highlighted social problems of his time. Courbet designed aggresive compositions and used light and color to create atmosphere. In his painting The Wheat Sifters (1854), Courbet paints about the problems of the poor. His skillful composition and use of color are apparent. His diagonal shapes add movement and energy to the painting. He models the figures with warm light and color temperature; note the structure and volume of the middle figure. (Jordi Vigue, Great Masters of Western Art)

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Landscapes in Art, Babad Painting Trees by Water



In my painting, Trees by Water, I wanted to paint a loose, expressive landscape. My readers are familiar with my figure paintings but I also paint landscapes and seascapes.  To change my landscape style, I used a thick brushstroke. The local color of the trees and rocks are a red white.  The hue contrasts with the blue of the ocean, sky and green background. Warm colors advance; cooler colors recede. The foreground has more detail than the background. My composition followed the rule of thirds.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Movement, Repetition, Cast Shadows in Art, Babad's Painting Soccer Game



In my painting, Soccer Game, I wanted to convey the movement of the game and figures.  I have done prior posts about movement,  edges and direction of shapes. In my above painting I have also created movement with repetition. The heads of the players from left to right move downwards in a curve. There is also a space between the cast shadow and foot of the soccer player on the left. These spaces between cast shadows and form create movement. Today I saw a wonderful photograph of a skate board jumper. The figure was on a diagonal at the top of the jump. The cast shadow and skate board were separate from the figure. It is best to paint figures at the top of the movement.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Movement, Structure in Art, Duchamp and Babad Paintings





In my above painting, Soccer Player, I wanted to emphasize the structure of the figure.  I did this with modeling the light, half tone and form shadow. I did not blend these areas so that the form and volume of the player would be accentuated. When I stress the figure’s movement, I frequently blend and smudge edges. However, the diagonal direction of the figure in my painting contributes to the movement.  In Marcel Duchamp’s painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2, the artist conveyed volume and space with his use of light. Movement was achieved by overlapping the figure several times and moving it downward.  


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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Form of Waves in Art, Babad's Painting Cresting Wave


In my above painting, Cresting Wave, I wanted to convey the form of the wave and water with value (gray scale) and color temperature. I considered the cool value of the blue sky and used warm sunlight from the left side. While water is also influenced by its surroundings and bottom, I concentrated on the sky and sunlight to model form. I considered an open half sphere and the upper top sphere for the crest of the wave. The planes facing the sky were painted with cool hues to reflect the sky. The bottom of the wave received more color from the sky. Immediately under the crest, the water is painted a warmer hue as it received more exposure from the sun. My shadows are a cooler temperature and a darker value.


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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Movement and Speed in Art, My painting Hockey Speed



In my above painting, Hockey Speed, I wanted to convey the movement and speed of the hockey player. I used cross contour lines that are apparent at the skates. I also blurred and smudged the edges of the figure’s shape and the form’s light. Movement was also achieved by the diagonal angle of the figure. In this painting my background is abstract. The focal point is the glove. The warm light comes from the left side.

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