Thursday, November 20, 2008
Painting Techniques...Choosing a Palette
I have had this still life in my studio for several months - the result of a live model session where the model had to go home sick and we made do!
But it hadn't developed any further than the initial sketch...I didn't knw what direction i wanted to take it in, and i was a little worried about layering over the drawing because i liked a lot of the line qualitly in the drawing.
But I was inspired by a photograph in my latest Entertainment Weekly of the band Coldplay
(BUY their latest album if you haven't - every track is awesome!)
The photo is actually built (I think) like a great painting - the colors (umber with cobalt blue and cadmium red moments) Great linear and geometric elements and a wonderful variety of textures.
So...I used the pallete for my still life! I made sure to spray the charcoal drawing and my initial layers of paint were mixed with glaze so that the lines were preserved.
After adding a bit more paint, I went back with my charcoal pencil and re-discovered a few lines that I wanted to emphasize.
It's not done yet...but i feel much better now that I've got this painting started!
You never know what will inspire you.