Last week in my Art Journaling class, we experimented with transparent paints and also adding glazing liquid to opaque paints to make them transparent. I do love how adding many layers of sheer color creates such depth in a painting. It seems the favorite paint of the day was quinacridone nickel azo gold. Something I use a lot of, and perhaps take for granted, became a new treasure in my students’ paint box. Hooray for new discoveries!
“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws, and to stop the incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”
Oh, thank goodness, just drawing today. No time for painting. Quickly done in an old recycled (repurposed? reused?) Pitman’s Shorthand book from 1916. Those were simpler times, with no computers to sit in front of and while away the hours. No Google. No Facebook. What did people do with all that time? I’ll ask my….oh wait….1916? My parents weren’t even born yet. Guess I’ll have to Google it.
I wasn’t happy with the Day 5 – White/High Key entry, so I decided to repurpose it into a Day 14 entry. I imported it into Procreate on my iPad and made some changes digitally. I am just beginning to learn the features of this app, but it has so much potential. I can tell you that the word of the day is “practice” and I definitely need more of it. But I had a good time playing and hope to do more of this soon, perhaps even on this particular portrait. One thing I’ve learned is that once you post something, you see all the flaws.
So, what is chiaroscuro? Here is the Wiki explanation:
Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/; Italian: [ˌkjaroˈskuːro]; Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures. Similar effects in cinema and photography also are called chiaroscuro.
Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow.
I have long been enamored with the work of artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jesse Reno, Les Brumes and Michelle Kral. My entry today is a nod to these free-spirited artists whose work makes my heart beat just a little faster. Singing is good for what ails you, so I say to all…..Sing Like No One Is Listening!
I’ll never understand the attraction of spreading lies and gossip. What need does it fill? Can it really make one feel better to verbally punch someone else into the ground? Mostly, these types have been exposed and end up pretty much friendless, I’ve found. Or they will find friends who are, just like them, a waste of space in this already struggling world.
Today’s challenge entry is inspired by Jane Davenport, the queen of glam, who taught me how to find the mermaids at the end of my pencil. This underwater grotto was created in an old book about weaving. The original print from the book shows through in some places, making nice patterning in the background as well as the man in the cave reaching for the beautiful mermaid.
Once again, I have used a journal page that had paint already on it. Most of my pages end up with several different colors of paint, gesso, inks, etc. While flipping through, I spotted this one that had only red. Ta da! Monochrome! So I added the face with a little black and a little white…..and there you have it, my Day 8 entry.
P.S. It’s getting harder to keep up.