Saturday, September 20, 2008

Values and Sticking With It

Last night I picked up my brush again after an unintended break of over a week. Let's put a positive spin on it and say that I learned a always learn more from mistakes! :D The quick sketch above is portrayed here in black and white because it was the second effort and I just wanted to use up the paint I had put on the palette paper. The colors, in real life, are awful, but I wanted to see if I could get the values right, irregardless of the colors.

This was the first effort of the evening. Clearly, I lost all the edges of the rose and it came out rather boxy. Originally I intended some other smaller flowers on the right, but it was better to just paint over those with a dark green ;D.

I carry on in the battle to learn to, I picked up a few books at the library and an interesting one secondhand. Let's hope all the reading begins to inform the painting! :D.


Jo Castillo said...

Rose, I think your practice is coming along so well. The value study is great, too. Reading will help, but the practice helps me the most. And I haven't been doing any of that. :(

Kari Gibson said...

Yes, the values are right - in both paintings.

We never stop learning (thank goodness) and that can be frustrating at times, but also great fun at others.

Keep on practising!

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Jo and Kari for the encouragement...I very nearly didn't post these because they are so horrendous, but in the end thought I had to be honest.

I started on a CP yesterday - I'm not going to finish it. I need to persevere with the paints, because the pencils annoy me. (I do like CPs for preliminary sketches though - but getting in even layering - forget it.)

Teresa said...

I admire your courage and perseverance. Seems like every time you switch mediums there's a learning curve. I've experimented with several mediums and liked some better than others... but I can honestly say I learned something every time I made a piece of art... regardless of the medium. Keep up the good work!