Here is what I wrote down today...
And here are my pages from last week and then earlier this week (when we watched the video interview with Sister Wendy Beckett)...
When we got into the studio, my focus was primarily on trying to paint a green pepper (given to me by the professor) in warm and cool values. I jumped right in and was happily slapping thick paint all over my paper when the professor stopped me and tried to redirect my strokes. I attempted to steer myself in the way he wanted me to go. He stopped me again and attempted to redirect my strokes again. I went back to work. *Wash, rinse, repeat* about three more times and I was NOT getting it. Below is where I started...
Now that I am beyond that moment, I can better articulate what I was doing wrong:
- I was using WAY too much paint to the detriment of the brushwork and direction of the strokes.
- I was thinking way too much about the overall image rather than the smaller sections of value and shapes (created by the value)
- I was using strokes that were much to wide, long, etc. vs. shorter/more meaningful/intentional marks (as in Van Gogh's work and the way you can see each individual mark, shape made collectively by the marks themselves)
- I was not changing direction with my brushwork enough to show the planar differences and thus more obvious three-dimensions.
And here is a closer (though poor because I took this with my camera phone) view of what will likely be my completely finished piece.
Tomorrow I will be working on another warm/cool value study of a yellow pepper (the professor wants us to do a cool vegetable and a warm one) and we will also be glazing (with oil paint) the work that we do in order to start using color correctly.