This black and white painting is based on a quick sketch at a drop-in session.
Last Tuesday was the last 3 hours of the 6-Hour pose at Paulo Ruvalcabo’s alla prima class at the School of Light and Color.
Here’s the previous post on the first 6 hour – http://marleneleeart.com/2015/04/29/6-hour-pose/.
What I took from here is something I had heard before but now is sinking it – The sphere shape in rendering the values from shadows to light. Areas to pay close attention to is around the forehead, along the cheekbones, around the jaw line, the transition on the nose planes from side to top and then to the other side, the roundness of the eyelids and the roundness of the lips.
Another point that I have finally become more aware of is that different colors of the same values can be blended in. I’m a bit still uncertain how to deal with this new knowledge but I still need to think in values even though colors are introduced.
This is a quick study of the 6-hour pose. Based on an article I read in the May issue of The Artist Magazine by Felicia Forte, I followed her technique of painting a portrait using just 4 colors: titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and cadmium red.
The procedure is drawing the shapes, establishing light/shadow patterns, put in the local skin color and the local shadow colors and finally refining. All four colors are used but in varying degrees depending if it is shadow or light. For instance, the shadow consist mainly of black and red with a touch of yellow. The skin in the light is made up of red and yellow with a touch of white. Highlights are mainly yellow and white with a very touch of red.
This article helped quite a bit as how to use the colors more effectively.
And this is 6 x 8 on canvas paper.
The model posed for 25 minutes and then took a break. After each pose I took a photo of my WIP. Since it was a 6 hour pose, I worked slowly and more deliberately. And worked on a larger canvas panel, 11 x 14, instead of my normal 9 x 12.
From this point I continued to develop the values in the light area and darkened the shadows. I paid attention to the 3 areas of colors in the face…top third is much lighter and yellow, the mid third tends to be more reddish due to the cheeks and the lower third is more gray.
to be continued next week….
Today I spend all day painting. First started the morning painting at the Cloverleaf Farm in Dixon. Part of the Yolo Arts & Ag Project. Beautiful farm with so many flowers and orchards and wide open fields. I had painted a landscape then did a couple of watercolors of flowers. The hollyhocks came out the best of the two.
After the farm I went home and took my dog out to Central Park in downtown Davis. Located in the park is a small arboretum featuring ideas for a water drought yard but also featured are these huge and beautiful roses.
It’s rare that I get a chance to paint all day.