This Summer, I’m thinking of short projects that explore drawing, composition and color. My color-box holds many tubes (freebies, trades, impulse buys) that I wonder about but haven’t really seen in action. So, exploring these untried hues will be the driver for the following series of compositions.
Our first selections include: Kings Blue Deep, Golden-Green Deep, and Azo Coral.
I’m captivated by this truck-stop-dime-store elephant and love to draw it. The funky Krewel pattern is a favorite backdrop subject
Tracing the scene on clear plexi really helps figure out the best placement of the elephant on the square canvas format I’m working with. I use expo dry erase black marker.
Tools: Many sharpened soft charcoal pencils, rubber pencil eraser. I don’t like to stop to sharpen things when working so I prepare many in advance.
The first drawing is compositional and drawn from looking at the dry erase trace. The second is its development working from the actual still life.
Below you can see I made the drawing the same scale as the canvas panel so I could transfer it directly to the canvas, which you can see to the right. I fix the canvas drawing with a fixative so I can paint a colored wash over it. (toes for scale;-)
Now, for the big guns!
I am pre mixing the palette so I don’t need to stop and mix the right hue/value/chroma with each brushstroke. I can just locate the pre mixed pile and plug it in. Believe it or not, this method gives you more choices plus, if seeing is believing, this will help you on your way.
That does it for the first day of painting. I want to finish it now…but much better to wait until tomorrow. Slow and steady wins the race.
Above see the Azo Coral possibilities, with the hue plus ivory black and titanium white. Azo coral acts a bit like cadmium scarlet. It could be an alternative, less expensive and less toxic selection.
Now, for Golden-Green Deep. Love this color!
Kings Blue doesn’t really stand up to prolonged mixing, as it is a mixture to begin with. But, gave it a try with this model of the plane Dad flew during the Vietnam War, since it is Memorial Day today. General Electric F-111D.
I tend to get wrapped up in the concept of things and rush them, as in the painting below. The background needs more evaluation in terms of temperature and contrast. I should have given the plane an overnight like the Elephant.
Continuing on, I shall slow down in general.
Okay, this is good for one week of practice. I think 2-3 days on each work is doable. I hope this gives you something to chew on!
We’ll see how many obscure tubes of paint I can dig out of the paint-box.