Saturday, December 1, 2012
Have reworked the peony from the last blog to soften edges- I think it looks better, but perhaps needs to be softened even more. But now I am wondering what a darker background would do- will try that and post result. Sometimes it is just trial and error to get the final result you want. I do love the objects together, though.
Posted by Nancy Bartmess at 4:02 AM
Friday, November 30, 2012
Art is a Necessary Thing
Am still painting more Turkish boats, but detoured for a while to try a beautiful peony. I added the Chinese porcelain vase, but still feel the peony is too bright with too many found edges. Will keep working with it, and will post the finished version later to see which you like best.
Again, every day painting is a journey, tremendous fun, and just plain hard work!
Posted by Nancy Bartmess at 7:48 AM
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Every Day is a Journey
Color harmony (and its relationship to color theory) is proving to be difficult to grasp in full. I have been painting a series of Turkish boats and have had much trouble deciding on color theory for each painting. Some have worked, some not. Although I was happy with the brushstroke work and overall mood of the one below, I am not happy with the color combination. Back to the painting easel to retry it with a different and hopefully more harmonious color mixture. If anyone reading has struggled with this issue, I would love to hear from you with suggestions.
Well, every day painting IS a journey.
Posted by Nancy Bartmess at 4:33 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Still more Turkish boats, trying to get workable color schemes. Here is another trial painting sketch, which I decided to paint on a much larger canvas with more buildings and then was quite unhappy with the result. Lesson learned- sketch the WHOLE drawing with charcoal to be sure it is what I want on the final canvas.
Back to the drawing board!
Posted by Nancy Bartmess at 3:12 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Painting is a daily journey. Some days are great, others no so much. Below is a journey of a color study completed after a return from Turkey. The boats are wonderfully homemade and heavy, each one unique, with colorful blues and reds. Not so sure this one will translate into a bigger canvas with the right color harmony yet.
Posted by Nancy Bartmess at 9:52 AM