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Friday, October 28, 2011

I will be out of town this weekend so I probably won't get time to paint. I am also taking instruction from master portrait painter, Sean Keecham and so must wipe my slate clean of all methods I use in order to paint and adopt his. In order to step forward I will take steps backward and start at the very beginning~only dealing with shadow and shadow colors and transitional midtones..

Sometimes I "doodle" at work and here are some sketches to keep the hand loose...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

From Titanic. Okay~this is not one of my favorite movies and I have a lot of problems with it. From the cartoon like characters, sappy dialogue and a downer of a plot, it did have some positives. The costumes are incredible as well as the special effects. One of the problems I noticed was that as I was speeding thru the shots, there were very little variation of camera angles, colors or mood. Because of this, even with the sound turned off, the movie did not elicit much emotion from me or engage me to care much about the characters.

From a pic off my husband's FB. I wish I knew who took the photo which inspired this painting because it is beautiful and I did not do it justice. If I knew the name of the photographer I could give them credit and a kudos for having a terrific eye. I actually did this last Saturday but am just getting around to posting it.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Limited Color Palette
Ron at work suggested that I try a limited palette. This was done at work during lunch break.

Hardly anytime to paint this weekend! :(

Saturday, October 08, 2011

A little overworked. Speed painting 101, because now I have to make lunch and run kids to the dentist...will try to finish the other painting...

Did this underpainting at work. Established the tone, mood, lighting in 25 minutes. The rest should be cake.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Sneak Peak for Next Week!

This is how I start, big bold strokes, values, color. I had some left over color on the palette and I hate wasting, so I knocked out this underpainting. See you next week! :)

A day late, but worth the wait..

The figure on the right should have been about 25% bigger, but the mosaic of colors turned out so nice I did not resize it. Autumn colors, Siennas, yellow oxides mixed with purples, lavendars.

For those of you new to my blog, welcome! I am studying filmshots from different movies. How do you tell the story with warm and cool colors? By layout, composition, camera angle, lighting, emotion? What was the director thinking? Was it successful? Was it not?

These are all acrylic studies, some no bigger than a postcard, some smaller, in a pocket sized sketchbook. They can take anywhere from 20 mins to 3 hours (esp. if there are more than 2 figures or I am having a bad day). Ultimately, I will be taking this paint style to Photoshop using quick, colorful, casual and energetic and emotive brushstrokes to story telling illustrations. And ultimately, ultimately will take this to large canvas, original work inspired by those of the Golden Age of Illustration, the large kind of work you don't see anymore.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October Gorgeousness:

So many good color harmonies in this one, could give love to it all day...Will attempt to get another one out today!

This horse in this film is just beautiful to look at. Been wanting to do this shot for a long time..