Friday, April 22, 2011
In the beginning, I covered a failed painting with collage papers. I rather liked the result as an abstract but forged on. After various studies, I decided on this composition. It was originally a rectangle but thought it would work in a square format. I transferred my drawing with a blue watercolor crayon and then applied acrylic ink with a stick for the line drawing.
By photographing the image I was able to put it into my iPad and upload it into a painting program. Now I can play around with color and value patterns to try some ideas out. This stage was lots of fun.
This is how far I got today. I am very happy with some parts....the figure on the right is just the balance of line and texture, value and finish that I wanted. The figure on the left I am not happy with her forehead...too large but the degree of finish, value and color are satisfactory. The middle figure is where I wanted the focal point. She is too opaque and more finished than I wanted, although I think she is well painted. This is the difficult stage. I have to make a decision whether to try to make some changes that may ruin the painting or let it be even though I am not totally happy with it.
I wanted to check the value pattern, so I put the photo of the painting into Photoshop Elements and changed it to black and white.
Not enough contrast, so I pushed it farther.
I think the middle figure should be lighter to create a stronger focal point. By selecting that area, I could change the value in the activated area while leaving the rest alone. Making it lighter did the trick.
Now the value pattern is working for me. I have an idea how to make these changes. What would you do?
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 10:55 PM