Monday, November 19, 2012

On Looking at It

"What are you doing?"  
"I'm painting that tree."
"No you're not!"
"I'm not?"
"No, you're not even looking at it."

Harold tells the truth.  A great teacher.  Sometimes it hurts.  Eventually you get it.  Here is an example.

Monica Looks at It

She was looking at the motif more than she was painting.  It was easy to get a shot of her looking at it.  So what was she looking for?

Shapes.  (Drawing and measuring etc.)
Values, darkest, lightest, each shape relative to the other.
Then, colour and colour domination.

Holding the brush right and in a mit no less, lay down a stroke.  Leave it.  Perfect.

In Process

Also In Process

Here John was looking at it and putting in what he saw.  Once a person is comfortable doing that, she is ready to go to the next step.  Here John was questioning the White Pine in the upper right of his painting.  "Takes the eye there, so, should I remove it?"  "What's your concept?"  Hmmmmm.

Why the mit?

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