I have always wanted to paint a city scene ever since I visited New York City. However when I went through my photos observing the crowded streets with taxi cabs and people going through their daily lives an image started to form in my mind. …
MUSINGS OF AN ARTIST
Having passion for a subject is just the right set up for doing a series of paintings. What better way to practice a new style or colors you like than to do this over and over with a subject you love. My love of the ocean with it’s movement and rhythms made this an easy subject for me to paint. Even though I paint in both oils and pastels I chose the later this time.
Here are just some of my own photo references that peak my interests. Follow my journey as I continue to push my own boundaries.
Thanks for showing up for my pastel demonstration. I had so much fun interacting with all of you. The black areas of the photo needed color so I decided on cooler colors in the background trees and several warmer colors in the foreground grasses. If you want to learn more about how I approach my painting subjects, take a look at my 25 minute Pastel Exercise I will be posting the final painting in just a few days so stay in touch. If you want to get inspired by other artists here is one of my favorite sites: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/
I say YES! I use my iPhone on location all the time to capture photos of what I want to paint, not for pictures but for values. OK, I can admit tools do help my tired eyes to see things more clearly and take out all the noise of nature…. did I just say that? Nature noise..what I mean is all the color and the details that I don’t want in my painting that can get in the way of my vision. So my solution was to use one of my favorite app but it is no longer being supported so I’ve been on the lookout for another one. I am not in the habit of endorsing any apps but this one is an exception, the name is Notanizer, go for the bundle pack, ya it will cost you another $2.00 more but what the heck that’s less than a cup of coffee. It is unfortunate only available on IOS not yet there for Android. No I do not make any money from this endorsement, I just like good tools to use.
This tool it allows you to take a picture resize it, crop it, try different composition schemes, like the golden rule or the third rule, find your focal point and the check your values in a matter of minutes. The gem of course is you can see your image in color and black and white- hence the notan feature and more. So when I’m out in the elements, with time not on my side I need to capture what I first saw that intrigued me to the scene in the first place so any tool that helps is great.
Not a crutch but a tool and I still do my thumbnails however this little gem just makes it so much faster and easier!
If you attend one of my workshops I will be glad to demonstrate how and why you want to understand values and if there is a tool out there that can help I say YES!