Ken Auster's words rang in my head.....
.....while I was wandering around the Winslow Art Center during my painting class. Ken is an intriguing and talented painter from Laguna Beach who said 'good painters paint what they know, not what they see. What you see is just resource material'. His website is HERE.
Having dealt with the 'am I a camera or an artist' syndrome myself, I wanted a way to demonstrate for the next week's class what orchestrating a painting could mean. So, while the class was doing other things, I painted this one when they weren't looking.
I had this panel with me that, for some unknown reason, I had toned green....but it was all I had. In looking at the still life setup....and this is a picture that doesn't describe the side lighting....the white coffee cup and the cloth around it was by far the most strongly lit area. That's not where I wanted a viewers eye to go.
Here is the sequence.....remember the photo of the setup is not true.
|Sketchy drawing just to place shapes.|
|Beginning color block in.|
|Just before 'going for the finish'.|
From here I threw in a few lighter portions and called it done. The cup now takes the role of supporting actor. The 'Lady Gaga' flowers lure your attention.
My workshop in Italy, Simplifying the Tuscan Landscape: Drawing and Painting, has been officially announced HERE. Susan Ogilvie is also teaching pastels there a week earlier. The place is spectacular.
Also, my workshop in Spring Training for Painters, begins on April 15th....so come get your painting arm and eyes in shape for the summer season. Find out about that one HERE.
Keep painting. Summer is coming.....really!