This week’s Threads skills workshop inspired me to work a bit more on value to paint form. I laid out my palette with a value scale, in this case of 7 values from white to black. The sphere and cylinder can be convincingly portrayed using these values.
Once I became enthralled with classical drawing and learning just a bit from the Brague drawings, I was determined to look into other lessons to gain by studying some classical painting technique.
Much of the traditional ways artists were trained was nearly lost by the mid 20th century as Expressionism and Abstraction led the way in art schools. Since the 1990s smaller art academies have been resurrecting some of the older methods. Ateliers dedicated to teaching the classical teaching modes have been springing up around the globe.
One is headed by Juliette Aristides, the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle Washington. She has also published two volumes: Lessons in Classical Drawing and Lessons in Classical Painting.
In order to produce realistic art on a two dimensional canvas, one must find a way to show the third dimension. Accurately depicting the way light plays across the form is the way to accomplish this feat.
Know where you’re going at the beginning of the painting
My favorite artist, David A. Leffel expressed this as the idea of “Concept”.
Is your painting about Light, chiaroscuro. Understand the interplay of dark/light.
Is your painting about Movement. Understand placement of the still life objects in your setup. Understand how light moves through the setup.
Will your painting have “drama”? How will you create this drama?
That all sounds good, but how do we get there at all?
Kelli Folsom has been helping me to learn to be able to answer some of these questions.Last year I spent several months as a subscriber to monthly Vital Art Sessions. She is a very dedicated and inspiring teacher.
Even after I was no longer able to participate in that program, I periodically receive an email from her. Today I learned that she was sharing her new video. Today’s was exploring ways to setup/layout your paintings. .
She is glad for me to share it on this site.
I hope you get a lot of new information for it, too.
Please go here for more information on Kelli’s VAS subscription program: https://kellifolsom.com/page/13774/vital–art– sessions-monthly-video-subscription
No answer yet, but I certainly enjoyed picking these blossoms froma patch in my garden. My perennial garden is filled with blossoms and I wanted to catch them before they wilted in our 90 degree heat today.
Fresh flowers are one of the great joys of life at the retirement center where I live. Painting them is a joy for me, too!
Years ago a former resident left an endowment sufficient to allow for weekly visits to a local wholesaler to pick up fresh flowers. Resident members of the Flower Committee then meet each Tuesday and Friday. They create the most wonderful arrangements which are then placed in various location around the community.
Remember this sort of gift of your treasure when you are arranging your own legacy donations. Pay it Forward and the saying goes!