Friday, January 14, 2011

Gesture Painting

Kirk Richards invited me to come paint with his group on Wednesday nights. He likes to start his students with gesture figure paintings as a way of helping them loosen up and get more comfortable with the paint. I brought blue black, transparent oxide red, and titanium white to do mine with. I taped down a piece of 9"x12" Canva paper prepared with shellac and did these two on it in about 15 minutes per pose.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Imprimatura Demonstration

Imprimatura demonstration from the Fall semester, that I did for my Head Rendering course I teach at UVU. I used transparent brown oxide and raw umber over canson canva paper that I had prepared with a double coating of clear shellac. It leaves the surface slick enough to enable me to easily whipe out the lights. I primarily used a fan brush to avoid applying too many details and kept to about 2 hours in painting it between talking about what I was doing and assisting students in their work.


A couple things to note, on the left hand side you'll see a darker smudge, I showed what happens if you let your solvent be the only chemical you use at this stage and how it affects the skin of the paint. On the right I showed the difference between using a shop towel to wipe away paint and a kneaded eraser.

Letchworth and Nearby Studies

I spent about a week in the area between Buffalo, NY and Letchworth State Park in the summer of 2010. These are some of my sketches from that time.