Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scary Day With The Venetian Technique

This cartoon will become a painting in the monochrome stage of the Venetian Technique.
I can tell just from doing the highly muted background.  I think I might have to keep my brush under control,
but edges are always on my mind.  The glare is because the paint is wet.   


I have no idea if I am going about this monochrome in the proper Venetian way; it's scary.  I had to start it on my own; I missed class due to the first cold of the season and a canvas that was still tacky. But I started it anyway--as I have always started monochromes--freely wielding the brush, darkest value first.  The grid drawing, with every detail noted, got in the way in the abstract painting section. The abstract painting was an evolution when I painted it thirty years ago. So it will be in this painting too. I am missing the tooth in cotton canvases. The Linen surface is a bit slick--or else it's the painting medium?  I may have errored by using it to put in the wash--and that's why the canvas took two days to dry?  You can't miss any classes.  I may have f@(/ed up?  But my inner voice  tells me that's not true. 

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  1. Listen to the inner voice :) Hope your cold has left you.
    Kathryn

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    1. Yes, it has. I was annoyed though that I had done all that line delineation, waited for it to entirely dry then added the wash a bit late. I was surprised that 24 hours wasn't enough time for the wash to dry. But then I didn't feel up to going even if it had been dry. Now I'm fine, the canvas dried and I started the mono following my own inner voice. I was not stingy with the paint and actually, the abstract painting I'm recreating can be whatever it turns out to be--just so the value is right, for that dark sets the depth of the painting. I have never done a monochrome before using white and mixing mid tones. I always let the darkest tone pale out to the white of the canvas This feels strange. I can understand how it's helpful though. The lights in the background abstract are a pale peach. This method will translate them to deepest coral.

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  2. Ik vind het zo mooi worden laat je niet ontmoedigen je bent op de goede weg lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. dankzij Danielle. ik ben niet ontmoedigd, ik ben gewoon niet zeker of ik doe het mono volgens de Venetiaanse methode. Ik schilder het als ik zou hebben van slechts twee tubes verf. Ik heb een gevoel, ik had te veel verf op mijn kwasten. ik heb niet scumble en ik denk dat ik zou moeten hebben.

      thanks Danielle. I am not discouraged, I'm just not sure I'll do it mono according to the Venetian method. I paint it if I would have only two tubes of paint. I have a feeling, I had too much paint on my brushes. I have not scumble and I think I should have.

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  3. This looks such a great start. I love what you have done with the background.

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    1. Thanks Ann. It took me almost all day before i laid out the palette and started. Once I started I did get swept up.

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  4. Glad you are feeling better and sorry you missed the class. I think you will not miss it as time goes on. You have made a good start on the underpainting, but I would do as you used to and use just one colour. I would have thought using white would cock up following layers, but hey what do I know?

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    1. I think mixing the exact value is the point of this layer; matching the value to the values in the reference. When you just wipe ion the mono drawing with a rag or brush, you still have to determine what that midtone value is when you get down to,the color. This may make that easier, since you already made the judgement.--but then what do,I know? :-))

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  5. I'd be scared too! It will be cool to take this to the next class now to find out from the instructor if you were/are doing right things. To me, it seems like you are--but the fact that the canvas was tacky may be a issue (?). I'm anxious to learn what the instructor thinks! Will he have you pre-mix up piles of paint in the values you'll need?

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  6. I'm so enjoying watching this evolve & coming alive.

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