This week we started on our first project. As requested we will be painting a landscape with trees, water, mountains and some (very small) rocks.
I began my demonstration by showing you some studies I made of the image using Photoshop. In each case I have simplified the image or obscured the details to help you see the over-all structure of the image. Remember our goal is to work general to specific. I wanted to try and give you some ideas of what those simple structural elements are in this photograph.
I then transferred the image onto my toned canvas using transfer paper. This is only one of many ways to start. You can free-hand draw or jump right into painting. I demonstrated using transfer paper for those that wanted to get right into painting.
All I did today was block in large areas of value. I want you to really pay attention to the relationships between areas of value. I chose not to introduce color yet so I could focus on getting value relationships correct. The light in this image is really nice and dramatic, so I want to be sure to get the values right.
NEXT WEEK: we will continue working on this painting. I will demonstrate how to start refining the image - working incrementally general to specific. I will also talk about mixing color.
Maker sure you bring your copy of the photograph, the painting you started in class and all your usual painting supplies.