Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Balancing Act

Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Balance

Composition is often a balancing act.  Some times it works and sometimes it doesn't.  With out a good concept, composition and proper color your painting will not work, no matter how it is balanced.

Symmetry Tree
, Collage on acrylic

Lean to the Right, Collage on acrylic

Abstract Flower,Collage on acrylic

Purple Iris,collage on acrylic
MonAb,collage on acrylic
CruAb,collage on acrylic

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Color Me Vivid

Color Projects

These color wheel projects are completed each semester in Design. The first painting must use all 12 colors with white tints and black tones.  The second painting must be done with one color mixed with tints and tones.  The third painting must be done with  three adjacent colors with tints and tones.  The fourth painting  must be done with opposite colors plus tints and tones. I used Saran Wrap in watery paint to create the backgrounds for each.

Color Wheel Flower, Golden Acrylic on Gessoed Board

Monochromatic Flower, Golden Acrylic on Gessoed Board

Analogous Flower, Golden Acrylic on Gessoed Board

Complimentary Flower, Golden Acrylic on Gessoed Board

Perspective Possibilities

Ink Wash Perspective Drawings

Outside Light, Pen and Ink wash, Black and Sepia on Gesso Board
Doing perspective may take a long time to draw correctly, and at times is seen as difficult, but it magically changes a 2D space to the illusion of 3D.  The first one point perspective drawing is a pen and ink wash of the hallway outside of my office.  The second is from a photograph.

Laundry Day, Pen and Ink wash on Gesso Board

Thursday, April 4, 2013

More Addition and Subtraction

 Black Pastel

East Texas Lane, 12 x 14 Black Pastel on Mattboard

After attempts with charcoal and white chalk we then attempted using the same  technique using only black pastel.  Most of my students preferred the pastel to charcoal, but not all.  I am satisfied with this attempt.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Addition and Subtraction

Charcoal Drawing

charcoal and white chalk on pastel paper
Generals Powdered Charcoal is an interesting media to create addition and subtraction charcoal drawings.  The surface of the drawing paper is tinted with the powdered charcoal and then using erasers and various charcoal sticks and pencils the drawing is completed.

charcoal and white chalk on tan mattboard
White chalk is then used at the last step to  finish this technique.  I enjoy the expressionistic quality to this media.

The New Scratchboard


Pheasants, Black ink on Amperson Claybord
The New Scratchboard by Charels Ewing has served as a wonderful inspiration for my students.  We have enjoyed working with Amperson Claybord and waterproof black ink to create some interesting examples of this media.

Life at the Reef, Golden Acrylic on Amperson Claybord