With everything back in its place in the studio, I'm back to work--mostly .gathering together the supplies I need for Todd Burrough's Venetian Technique Painting Class, which starts September 8th. I am getting a bit nervous--a lot nervous. The catalogue said this class is for third level painters. While some of my paintings might be third level, quite a few of them fall in categories I consider way below that level. I do hate what the quest for excellence does to me. In the drawing classes I took, my drawing bested the rest. But that was then and this is now-- fifty some odd years later and a long career doing a whole different kind of drawing. I hope I can keep up? Yes, I've got a case of cold feet to the extent that today, I did what I have never done: used a #3H pencil to draw in Henry. It's a start I find odd, yet my supply list called for a hard lead pencil, a knead eraser and a straight edge. I assumed I could expect an initial draw-in. I had to try this start for myself, but forgot to tone the canvas! My conclusion pencil doesn't belong in a painting, paint does. I will try not to walk in on the wrong foot and with the wrong attitude. I will be open minded.
(FYI Denatured Alcohol does a fine job erasing pencil on acrylic primed ground, better than the knead eraser).
We'll be working on one painting from a reference photograph for thirteen weeks. I am considering the following photographs, but leaning towards my granddaughter in her slutty maid Halloween garb, more gaudy Lautrec than pristine Renaissance--or Steve napping. I'll keep looking. Right now what am I going to do with a too heavily pencil drawn kid sitting on a rock? Why did I not tone the canvas? In my frenzie to get back to work, I skipped a beat! I should have known better--but practice and practice and practice and problem solving will decrease.
|I like this one too. It may be perfect for a first. It's fuzzy, but I could get him to nap for me again, cut the strength of the daylight and zero in--plus I've had practice--but do get rid of the .TV changer!|
Of the Flemish Renaissance paintings my favorite is Brueghel's The Wedding Dance, which is and will remain in the collection of the DIA. He painted the peasants, folks like us living normal lives.
HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! A nice holiday weekend for sure, but, in my opinion, the worst holiday of the year. Even though we have till September 21st to enjoy summer, we insist upon cutting summer off at this holiday. How dumb can you get! Kathleen Turner could kill me, but I'm still wearing white.