The other night I decided to try something different. I thought it might help to get away from the subject matter I had been painting and do something entirely different....so I went into the house and grabbed two clementines, got some leaves out of the yard and put them on the window sill over my palette. This is the result. What I gained from that exercise is the awareness that painting is all about shapes, value, composition, color and their relationships to each other. That's it. The subject matter can be anything....or nothing at all.
I seemed to obsessed with value lately and this exercise called for some observation and analysis on my part. So often I forget that it's not about what I think I know. Shapes and value are plenty to deal with on their own. Add the color and for me at least, I can really get confused about what I think I am seeing. Keeping it simple always seems to help.....
This was a quick oil study. I enjoyed the figures in this picture and although I am not a landscape painter, I enjoyed the limited landscape.
I am feeling a bit stale and have decided to try some pictures that are different for me. The first is some sepia portraits, and some with a limited palette. I feel a need to study values and keep it simple. Maybe some different subject matter will also help keep it fresh. Repetition is a good thing, but I think a change can be invigorating. Any suggestions?
Fran is a good friend who agreed to pose for me one afternoon. She has a great face and lively spirited eyes. I hope that I did her justice.
The planter fasciitis has healed and my feet are allowing me to stand and paint. I just can't seem to paint sitting down (I need to move back and forth often and a chair is only in the way). Now that I'm actively painting I plan to post at least 2-3 time a week. See you soon.
I am interested in painting people just being themselves. The interaction between people is facinating to me. My formal studies in art have emphasized the figure in painting and drawing.
The Studio: Anna Maria Island, FL
John Collette Fine Art: Highlands, NC