Friday, June 29, 2012

STUDIO UPDATE: Finished painting and some painting notes

It's studio update time again, what a week! I started out sick as a dog, lots of sleeping and no painting for me, but thankful as the weather improved so did my health and I'm back fighting fit and sploshing around the paint! I'm calling this one done before I lose some of the spontaneity and over work it. It will be up for Auction on my Facebook Page tomorrow.  I will take a better photo of the painting in the morning before I put it up for auction, as this photo was taken in really poor conditions - wet paint + un-natural light = bad photos.  For all my blogger friends who do not use facebook and would like to make a bid, please message or comment and I'll add the bid for you.

I also wanted to share with my Paint Party Friday friends some notes from my sketch book that I made after recent research into some of my idol's painting methods.  The realist painters out there may appreciate these snippets.

  • Correct value, don't rush
  • Paint shape of colour
  • Resolved and unresolved area in the same painting (don't work up all paint to same extent
  • Imply
  • Everything is relative
  • Squint
  • Compare
  • Value is important
  • Light source- acting as a mirror for the lightest highlights, reflecting pure light colour (temp of light)
  • Local colour is important
  • Establish dark tone.
  • Work from large to medium to small shapes
  • Colour may be close in value but shift in warm and cool temps.
  • Slow, thoughtful, careful, correct
  •  Large masses matter
  • Losing edges and finding them
  • Balance- soft/bold, warm/cool, small/big brush strokes, thin/thick
  • Colour looks different against other colours
  • Observe
  • Ask yourself is it a value or a temperature shift that turns the form

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  1. wow your painting is wonderful and thank you for all those great tips. Happy PPF, Annette x

  2. Great tips - realism is so hard! But very rewarding when done right. Your painting today is fabulous!

  3. He is so adorable! :) Great notes!

  4. such a wonderful portrait! love the light and texture.

  5. Wonderful tips and gorgeous painting. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love your snippets. Every one of them is an excellent observation. Your portrait is lovely. Happy PPF

  7. Beautiful portrait, love the soft light and and wonderful tenderness.

  8. What a fabulous painting. It is so like my son cuddling his giant puppy toy called George.

  9. I am sure he will find a great home and it is so beautifully painted...the list is fabulous and i have made a few notes in my book... thanks for the tips...xx

  10. This turned so beautifully- and I agree that he will go to a wonderful home. Love this!
    P.S. Thanks for the tips!

  11. A verry special painting! I read the tips and now I am wondering about SQUINT! Patsy

  12. Great painting and notes about painting!!
    Hope you keep feeling better. :)
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  13. what a cute wee boy- surely his mum would want to buy that painting, it's so adorable!

  14. Thank you for the help/tips. The painting is speaking volumes. I love it. Blessings, Janet PPF

  15. Fantastic painting of a very sweet subject.

  16. Beautiful work as always Tracey - you are definitely more of an ARTIST than I am...I don't take into consideration all those things you mentioned...I just paint and draw. I wish I knew more at times!

  17. Stunning...just stunning..thanks for the pointers too!! Good luck on the auction!!

    Hugs Giggles

  18. That note about shifting value vs shifting temperature is really thought provoking. Beautiful painting!

  19. YThank for the great tips and I love the painting!!!