To start things off, my boss at Otis is leaving me alone in the office, so I am very sad. Here's a painting I did for her as a farewell gift (John drew the lovely kitten):
Here's my first attempt at an Art Lozzi background. IT IS POO. There's a million things wrong with it. The frisket was hard to control, I need to practice more to get the hang of it. The composition is off, because all the trees are too evenly spread out. The details on the trees are also too even and close together. The color and the way the tree stump was painted just blends in with the back elements etc. I NEED TO TRY AGAIN, pretty much. Which is good! Practice is good! And when it starts to come out better, it's fun!
After doing this, I emailed Art Lozzi for help, and advice. And look what he sent me back! I have to share this with you all:
John also wrote me some important things to remember while painting (these notes have been transfered from napkin, John's favorite writing recorder.)
GENERAL PRINCIPLES * CONCEPTS
SPECIFIC INSTANCE, EXAMPLE
-Be sure when copying a painting to take note of why something worked, not just copying it without taking in the concepts behind it. You can use those concepts in your own paintings, which is why you copy in the first place.
CONTROL + EYE
1) TECHNIQUE (BRUSH)
-Every stroke you lay down on the paper should be artisitic and look good.
2) COLOR THEORY
-Don't just use primaries and secondaries!
* COMBINE THEORY WITH EYE
-Theories don't always work in some instances, so trust your eye.
COLOR HARMONY- WHEN COLORS ARE RELATED
By the way! In less than a day you could own some of my paintings!!!
MARY BLAIR STUDY!
John's Art Post!
I read something in a philosophy book just now that seems relevant to this post:
"The way in which man approaches his failure determines what he will become." -Jaspers
It's true! Thus, I am going to paint more tonight, makes sense, doesn't it?