Monday, September 17, 2007

Secrets from the Playbook 9/17/2007

This Week's Tip: Grease the Squeaky Wheel

Do you have a time of day when you are not as productive as other times? Find a way to "grease the track" for yourself during that time. For instance, I am very slow in the morning. I usually don't speak for an hour. My thinking is on "ultra-slow", it just takes me a long time to warm up all the cylinders. So, I try and make it as easy on everyone as it can be. I set up the coffee pot the night before, set the table for breakfast, make the lunches, lay out the clothes etc. It makes the night a little longer, but it enables me to just slide through the morning until I am awake enough to deal with things!

Above you see a painting I did of the Gawler Ranges in Australia at sunrise. The reference photo was taken by Susan Borgas. She has several from a trip to this part of South Australia. Check out her FreeSnapShots blog, it is definitely worth a look.

When I saw Susan's photo, Monet instantly popped into my head. It just seemed to be calling out for a Monet-type painting. I had a fun few hours painting this, it is 9in x 12in on acrylic paper. It was a new experiment in painting for me. I just began, no sketch underneath (although I had done a few value studies.) I started with some middle tone washes to break the area into sky, far distance, and foreground. Then I just went for gradual detailing with middle, light and dark values.

Later in the evening, I was reading a bit about Monet. The author claimed that in the early days, i.e. before Giverny, Monet started with middle values and then added lights and darks. That made me feel good :-). I have read that his methods changed over the years, so I guess it wasn't always this way. But, for me, it was a nice way to work.

I plan to try this next in CPs on drafting film.


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I have to do the same thing: getting things ready the night before. Sometimes I don't feel like it in the evening, but it makes the morning go so much smoother.
Your painting is beautiful! I really like the colors you used.

Rose Welty said...

I'm so worthless in the morning, it just isn't even funny. My husband will ask a question, I'll try and think of the answer, and then just not answer. It's a funny thing, like my brain just takes a while to warm up or something :-). Thanks for the compliment on the painting. It's starting to get fun, the learning part, I've stopped making mud so often :-).

Belinda Lindhardt said...

this is fabulous Rose ... well done... !!! i thought you were posting a painting of something from an artist book for a minute there :)

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Belinda! :-)

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, very nice. Colors and strokes. Your hint is good, too.