hey marco, nice painting! If you're looking for suggestions, don't focus so much on detail next time and go for the overall shape of things, simplify what you see and strive for correct value and color. Right now it's hard to tell where the light is coming from, as the values do not clearly indicate this. Also, it looks like you were painting during a sunny day, which means there would be a lot more contrast, and your lights would tend to be yellow-ish, while the darks would be blue/purple-ish. Keep it up!
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Hi everyone, Great paintings in this thread, Mainloop I like a lot of your life paintings.
Last weekend was the first time I went outdoors to paint, This is my first painting from life:
Edit: some more information:
Its Oil on canvas its about 12x9, its on a 12x18 canvas but I started working from the bird house and I only covered about half the canvas.
The canvas was pre primed on a roll, I stretched it and I didn't add another layer of primer, I started painting then wiped it all off with some turpentine to get a yellowish tone on the canvas (I didn't do this on purpose it just happed to work out that way) The pallet consisted of ;
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Transparent Red Oxide
Ultramarine Blue Deep
I still don't know how to mix my paints I started doing color charts but I only did 2 of them, This painting was a spur of the moment thing where I just figured I'd wing it... and I just blended colors together on the pallet until I got something that was close enough to what I thought I was seeing...
It was some very crazy weather... at first it was sunny then after about an hour all of a sudden it turned to stormy weather and a blizzard came out of no where for about 20 minutes.. then It lightened up again... Then all of a sudden the blizzard came back.. and we decided to leave because it was way too cold outside.. It was very tough to paint because the light kept changing.
Last edited by Mr-Joe; March 1st, 2008 at 10:07 AM.
it would be great if each of you could include something about your process. What colors did you use? What medium, if any, did you mix with your paint? How did you prepare the surface? If it was tones, what color did you tone it with.
Flamedragon: thanks man, although I'm not a fan of the first still life I posted that time
Marco: your work got much better, nicely done! I especially like the first one. Since these seem to be painted when the sun is out, you need to increase the contrast between the lights and the darks, plus all your highlights should have a yellow-ish tint due to the sun, while the shadows will have a bluish/purplish influence...also, looks less at detail and paint with bigger brushes, focusing on the major masses/values.
dude you have no idea how excited i was to find this gem of a thread tucked in all these forums. this and the figure thread. *drool* so here's my two cents, both recent from my comp and painting class. bad photos, i apologize, fixed what i could in PS. any and all crits please!
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This thread is pretty sweet and helpful since I just started painting this term. Now that the quarter is almost over, I think I'll post my 2 favorites from the class. I'll be taking intro to painting again next quarter, so hopefully I can post more and get more feedback on what I should be working on. Both pieces are 2-3 hours-ish since I'm super slow with mixing colors.
Great thread, I love seeing the life painting. I started my second life painting today. It's very different from portrait painting, I really enjoyed trying to figure out all the colours. Here's the start, I'll sort the head out on the next session and really start working into the anatomy a bit more. I've also posted a image showing the three stages in a portrait I finished recently. It was over three 3 hour sittings.
.....actually he's a couple of things to do on the next sitting!! I need to sort out the proportion! A friend just pointed out how short the legs look, its amazing how you can stare at your own work and sometimes not see the mistakes! Not stepping back enough from the easel!
Last edited by timmyhol; March 4th, 2008 at 06:12 PM.
comp & painting. fond of the composition, the technique threw me off a little - the first sitting we were supposed to use the paint "like watercolor" so lots of medium but no white. the goal was to get the brightest hues possible. the second sitting we could paint opaquely with white.. it could use more work, methinks, but a good exercise.