Saturday, November 15, 2014

What's With The Angles?



Monday, Tuna Fish,  9" x 9", oil on canvas panel. I'd rather paint it than make it.

Another little alla prima painting to loosen up.  My patience was worn thin the last few weeks.  I might have over done little brushstrokes and tight drawing using paint? Tight drawing was and is for pencils. I did a few during my half hour of quiet time  using graphite or charcoal pencils and a new angle popped up. Where did that come from?  Maybe from Schmid?  I told you I would be percolating after the last months studying different approaches to painting.
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Dick Tracy. Charcoal pencil.  The angular style that suddenly showed up  prompted the title. 
You have to be my age to know who Dick Tracy was--or have seen the movie with Warren Who?
Beatty. Fun movie derived from  an old comic strip favorite.
             
A difficult gal to draw, but I keep trying. Graphite.
Angles in the hair.

More angles here....hmmm??
 


If you find the photographs blurry, it's not your glasses. It's a sign I need to put new batteries in the camera. Today, out with friends, plenty of wine and good food--not tuna fish! I'm thinking of calling my little still life series Just Stuff.  How just the stuff is, it isn't.  But the insignificant stuff lying around the house waiting for us to do something about it, is definitely convenient for painting from life with little effort.  Little effort is what I'm after--that my angle. What's yours? 



14 comments:

  1. Interesting, this angular approach. I like it.

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  2. Yep, that's a striding off at a tangent all right! I love how you go with the flow. Nice drawings.

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    1. Painting is how I've always gone with the flow. The freedom of it has allowed me to be grounded when I have to be. For the Venetian Technique, you have to be grounded--wear leaded shoes--yet, there are sections in some paintings where this technique would service the whole. All Venetian and no Alla Prima would make Linda a dull gal. That mix is in my larger than life self portrait---which makes me think maybe this painting really is a damn good self portrait and worth finishing?

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  3. Love your drawings and the angles! I very much love your alla prima paintings! Love your play on words. Not sure what my angle is but I know I love your question. At different times I am after different things. Sometimes I like a very slow methodical approach to making art and most of the time I love to let it rip and let the work almost dictate it's own path. The best for me is when I am totally in the zone. Time is passing and I am not aware of it while I am making art! Okay buddy maybe that is enough. Take care Linda! Please keep on making and posting your wonderful art and text! Your art buddy! Michael who is still pondering your question!

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    1. I know that zone! It's the most pleasurable place in the universe. I'd say 'on earth,' but we know when we are in the throes of making art, our feet have left the ground and we are on another plane. The best! I say forget my question. Let your angle just come to you while you look at your subject and feel the nature of it. Hugs Michael. May you be lifted to that special place this week.

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  4. Your new "random" still life has surprised me again ! Beautiful!
    Even drawings are magical, as always.... your energy captures "something" beyond reality.
    Finally your question, so interesting. Which my creative angle?
    I use a lot of the angles to paint in negative. Angles of pure water where the color (after) attaches forms. But looking backlight, the water can be continuously remodeled, creating something different than angles. Great fun for my watercolor often very wild, even when at least results seem accurate, each session is painting wild (wild as instinctive action) anyway.

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    1. I really have no clue as to what my art angle is Rita. It just struck me as odd that this angular approach to drawing suddenly appeared. Then, this morning, my drawing wasn't about angular outlined shapes at all, it was about values--the shape of shadows and light. My new subject called for that treatment, which means the anglel we take to create our images depends on the subject--something I always believed and why I have such a broad repertoire of styles and cannot seem to settle on any one of them. My work is very inconsistent. And that's very annoying when I walk through a gallery filled with one artist's work and all the work is handled in the same manner. How in that expressionist? How is that impressionistic? It isn't. It's the artist's formulated view of everything in life.

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    2. Everything you do, in your art journey, is always done by Linda W.Roth and it always shows in full !!!

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    3. I might be too close to the work to see the common thread.

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  5. Love the shine you get on that pot....excellent painting... and as always I love your drawings Linda! Like you said...there's so many "things" around the house to paint...I only wish I took the time to sit and sketch...one learns so much from drawing! I love "Mrs. Tracy" who unfortunately remember well...lol

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    1. Dick Tracy was an easy, angular figure to draw---as was some guy with a flat head. I don't recall his name; it may have been Flathead. He was a bad guy. But my favorite comic strip was Brenda Star, Star Reporter. She was gorgeous, not angular at all. and her clothes were spectacular. I wanted to be her and even asked my dad if I could change my name to Brenda! Looking back on that strip, she was a gal ahead of the times. She was a working woman, a member of the minority.

      Thanks. My drawing sessions at six, six thirty AM in front of the Seasonal Adjustment Disorder light are delightful (yes, a pun) as well as educational. While it's black , cold and damp outside, I am feeling very cheerful and really can't tell if the SAD light is doing it OR the drawing session!

      I had a great time this week freely painting anything in sight. It was such a relief from the Venetian approach. But here it is Sunday and the class looms tomorrow. Should I go? Shouldn't I go? I paid for three more sessions. The frugal part of me says go; you paid for it. The artist in me asks why? I got the Venetian Technique day one and know of situations where I would employ it in a painting the same way I employ the alla prima technique when needed...I think I'll go paint the Cuisinart.

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  6. I've just been looking at an angular approach to drawing ... coincidence or what?

    We have friends staying for the week, but I shall be back playing at art this weekend

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  7. Just thinking that acrylics became popular in these 'comic strip' artworks, didn't they? I'm going to try portraiture with acrylics ... perhaps I can get an angular approach into that. Should be fun.

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