Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WHAT'S BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?

SELF PORTRAIT IN RED
I started this painting today.  I have another I am working on but I didn't feel like   painting on it and wanted to get some art done, so I thought I would have several going at the same time.  My wonderful husband bought me a new Mac computer with a 27" screen and WOW!  The imagery is awesome.  Now I want to paint in my office so I can utilize the screen.  I was playing around with the Photo Booth  app and took a few pictures then did a little photoshopping.  This is the basis for my new painting.  I usually paint the dark value in cool colors, so I thought I would use red this time and see what develops.  So far, I am breaking the "rules" by centering the image a bit too much.  I will see if I can pull it off, otherwise there is always the option of cropping to create the balance I need.  Working directly instead of drawing and transferring does create challenges.  Starting with a Notan (2 values) helps to focus on shapes and relationships.  I thought I would keep this one 80% warm.  I am fascinated by the 80/20 idea of dominance, often 80/15/5.   Just one more thing to be thinking about which  adds complexity to the process.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Myrna, how do you read that TINY, TINY type on the Mac? Makes my eyes crazy!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, This is an interesting portrait, the expression is intriguing. I think your value pattern adds mystery. It will be fun to see how you complete it.

I like the idea of 80/20. I think I tend to be closer to 50/50 which can be a problem. Pushing to 80/20 or 80/15/5 would provide insight into value patterns. So much in one painting! Wonderful!

Jean said...

Lovely work!

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