Monday, February 25, 2013

Different Strokes

"Green Strokes"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Well, I did my homework. Instead of winging it with my workshop this week, I sat down last night to pre-test the exercise:
 Three ten minute paintings, progressively completed in 25, 20, and 15 strokes. Thanks to the oh-so-talented Carol Marine for inventing this one, and sharing it with me - it's a great way to eliminate "futzing," and discover what's really essential to convey form and texture.

 In class today, we started off with a "regular" 10 minute painting - kind of a control group. In this one I focused on blocking in the background values first, relying on that framework to help me round out the apple in space - and ran out of time. I also used my trusty #2 round brush - which you cannot use for the other three. A flat or filbert is a must. It's pretty crazy that the apple with the most solidly three-dimensional form is the 15 stroke sketch, eh?

My group, painting away: 


I'm really enjoying teaching this workshop, and just confirmed that I'll be doing it again in April. If you're interested in joining me for the next round of creativity calisthenics, contact Maude Kerns Art Center.

1 comment:

Don Gray said...

Love "Green Strokes", Sarah, and great to see your workshop approach.