Thursday, March 12, 2009

MY FIRST PAINT-OFF!


David Lobenberg invited me to participate in a paint-off with several other artists using an image of a saffron turbaned man. You can see the final results on David's blog. Just click on the title of today's post and it should take you there. I felt a little stressed trying to get this painting done in the middle of preparations for a trip but it didn't take that long and I had fun. I love seeing how everyone paints differently using the same model or photo. Above is my contribution to this event.

I have been focusing on the idea of dominance since my Solano Beach workshop and this is the first opportunity for me to put my ideas into action. In the past I haven't been quite so cerebral in working out the details of a painting but this time I made a card with my plan written out. I think I will use this format again, as the card organized my thoughts very well and kept me focused on what I had in mind.

This is what I wrote down: WHAT INTERESTS ME (WHAT I WANT TO "SAY").....THE COLOR AND TEXTURE OF THE TURBAN, AND MOSTLY THE INTENSITY OF THE GAZE OF THE EYES

DOMINANT ELEMENT: 80% VALUE ( medium values 80%/low values 15%/hi values 5%)
CONTRAST ELEMENT: 20% LINE
HUES: YELLOW, ORANGE 80%/ BLUE, VIOLET 20% (TONES(neutralized colors) 80%/ TINTS (light colors) 15%/HUES (pure color) 5%)
TEMPERATURE: 80% WARM/20% COOL
INTENSITY: 80% LOW (neutralized)/ 20% HIGH(pure color)
COMPOSITION: HORIZONTAL PANORAMIC
MOOD: INTENSE

Well, I came close most of the time but having the plan helped me to achieve a more dynamic painting. My idea is to have a very strong dominance in every aspect so as to make the contrast "pop". This will take some practice but I am excited about the possibilities.

12 comments:

David Lobenberg said...

I know an artist who always talks about the Star of his
painting and the Supporting Actors. Thanks for
participating (dig those eyes) and have a rollicking good time in Spain!,

Kathy McChesney said...

Myrna - I love what you did with him. I went to David's blog to see the others. They were all good, but yours went the extra distance. Thanks for reminding me of the many wonderful lessons from the workshop. I remain very excited about all this good stuff. Bon voyage! Kathy

Ann Buckner said...

What fun and a neat painting. Enjoy your blog immensely.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, I like your interpretation! The composition is exciting and creative. OK, hmmm, I think I need to try the card idea. Have a wonderful time in Spain.

Arti said...

Lovely piece..you have got the intensity just right, not to mention the vibrant yellow of turban....

Katie Korotzer said...

Hi Myrna, I love following your blog. You always have amazing paintings and I am so impressed with your energy and range of creativity.

JANE ferguson said...

Ditto to everyone else and have a fabulous trip.
Jane F.

Nava said...

Definitely intense. And the cropping is very effective.

Enjoy Spain!!

Deborah Ross said...

Myrna, I love seeing the things you come up with, and this is another winner. The gaze is very intense. I like the card idea, a sort of map to guide the painting. I'll have to try it.

Nina E J said...

beautiful!

Nick said...

That guy's been getting around..looks very cool here. Impressed by all the percentage stuff, I could never keep track of that, and what do you do if the painting wants to go a different direction? Do you let it, or stick with the plan? (I take the path of least resistance!)

Myrna said...

Nick, when I have a plan things go better but they never work out exactly as I had planned! When the painting starts to speak to me I go with what is happening. I can always start again with my plan if I feel like it.

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