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Stefan513593 - Assignment 5 - Painting #2

Project 3 – Exercise 2: Abstract painting from man-made form

As in the last exercise I decided to look at specific images from my series of photographs taken on site. Final Paintings: Painting #1: Enamel and acrylic on canvas board (50 x 40 cm) Painting #2: Oil and acrylic on canvas board (50 x 40 cm) (remark:  the photograph doesn’t show the complex luminosity of the painted surface completely)   Preparatory…

Project 5 – Exercise 2: Squaring up – ‘Memories’

The course material suggested to look at townscape or individual building that involve perspective. This method can be applied to drawing and photos.  I was looking through my collection of picture and found eventually a good image for this exercise. The squaring up method is to ensure accuracy of scale and proportions and to consider as a guide that should…

Project 5 – Exercise 1: Painting from a working drawing ‘Presence’

This exercise asks to follow a certain method in three steps: linear study with focus on main shapes tonal study with focus on values and tonal contrast color study with focus on color relationship, dominant colors and light effects. I understand that making those studies would have a couple of benefits (to be confirmed at the end): Isolation of different…

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Project 2 – Exercise 1: Linear Perspective ‘InsideOut’

The course material mentions shifting perspectives and the focus on line. Using colour and tonal contrast as an additional visual element not necessarily relate to the objects and form. Colour to create “a sense of indeterminate space that is structured just by line”. Contextual research The rules of linear perspective as a mathematical based perspective around one central vanishing point from…

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Project 1 – Exercise 2: Hard or soft landscape – ‘The Rock’

For this exercise I will build on my sketchbook works that I keep as a daily routine for exploring my surrounding environment and for experimentation. I am taken a view from a window out of the residence building of the clinic in Meiringen (Bern) Switzerland. Meiringen, also know as the place of Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Final Problem‘ (Wikipedia). I will…

Project 3 – Exercise 2: Telling a Story – Keti Koti

This exercise asks for a painting that creates a simple narrative, involving one or several human figures, and produces a painting that gives the viewer the clearest possible idea of what’s happening. Use all of the resources of colour, tone, shape and line to create a painting that goes beyond the merely figurative to convey a simple narrative. Use of exaggerated form or distort…

Project 3 – Exercise 1: A figure in an interior

In this exercise I will look at how to depict figures in an interior scene. As this subject can be very complex and challenging to paint I will try to simplify and to focus on key elements in my paintings. Final paintings Painting #1: Acrylic and oil on acrylic paper (40 x 30 cm) Painting #2: Acrylic on primed canvas (50 x 50 cm) Contextual…

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Project 2 – Exercise 1: Self-Portrait

Since the beginning of this part ‘Portrait and Figure‘ I started with my personal project of one self-portrait a day (available on this blog at: http://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?cat=64). Exploring  various media, viewpoints, angles and proportions of surrounding space. Experimenting with different painting approaches and expressions. Most of them are painted within one hour. Selection of first three weeks of daily self-portraits: in watercolor, ink,…

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Part Two – Assignment 2: ‘Interior Illumination’

Aim: To demonstrate my understanding of colour, tone, composition and the development of my technique in my chosen medium. I will build on my learnings so far in this course and consider viewpoint, perspectives, tonal values, contrast, relationships and mood/atmosphere. Finished Paintings ‘Interior Illumination‘: Painting 1: Oil on acrylic ground on canvas mix (60 x 80 cm) Painting 2: Oil…

Project 3 – Exercise 5: Still with color used to evoke mood

Continuing with my same still life scene but how being free to explore colour and colour interaction in a way that it evokes mood.  balance, serenity and calm atmospheric. My final image: Oil on unprimed canvas (40 x 60 cm) The relationship of colour and mood was articulated some centuries ago. JW Goethe explored the in his color theory the…

Project 2 – Exercise 4: Still life with man-made objects

For my third still life painting in this project I decided for a ‘man-made objects’ on which I can improve my painting approach in a loose and more expressive manner. I will skip due to time constraints  exercise 3 (natural objects). This exercise ask for a simple, compelling arrangement (max four objects with a common use), and creating a visual drama through tonal…

Project 1 – Exercise 2: Primary and secondary color mixing

Before starting this exercise on my prepared middle grey supports I wanted to look up what primary and secondary colour really means: Looking up definitions in Oxford Art Online: Primary colour: ‘One of the three chromatic colours—red, yellow, and blue—from which all other colours may be mixed, with the assistance of black and white.‘ Secondary colour: ‘The three colours which are produced by mixing pairs of the…

Project 1 – Exercise 1: Mixing greys – Anachromatic scale

What is an ‘anachromatic’? Trying to look it up in the internet gave surprisingly little information. Looking up ‘achromatic’ in Merriam-Webster brought up the definition  ‘possessing no hue‘. It believe that the same, a scale comprising only of white, grey, and black. No hue. In Oxford Art Online under entry ‘Colour ‘s stated: ‘The chromatic or hued colors include red,…

Project 3 – Exercise 2: Tonal study on a dark ground

I am wondering about the term imprimatura mentioned in the course materials. Looking it up I found that it means an even toning in a certain color of the support. At times it get confused with underpainting. Also the imprimatura doesn’t need to cover the whole support to leave some areas intentionally open. The meaning of underpainting goes more with the term…

Project 3 – Exercise 1: Tonal study one white ground

This exercise tackles the question how to render believable forms in a range of tonal values in a monochrome painting. Considering chiaroscuro means to use light and dark tonal values to depict the effect of light and shadow on objects. The setting would be a simple still-life with simple objects.   Some contextual inspiration: Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964) – a…

Project 2 – Exercise 3: Opaque colour mixing

I was wondering which of my previous color gradation I should use to match with an opaque mix. My goals for this exercise are: working in oil and acrylic, understanding better transparent versus opaque painting, managing challenges of color transitions.   My starting point for this exercise:  a. Oil: Ultramarine and violet (simple and two color gradation) b. Acrylic: Hansa yellow/Phtalo…

Project 2 – Exercise 2: Overlaying washes

In this exercise I will experience difference between wet-in-wet and wet-in-dry overall techniques. Based on my leanings from previous exercise I will use turp instead of white spirit for oil. Further I will use a better acrylic paint (Golden Heavy Body). A) Oil paint – Wet-in-dry overlay: Applying same color as previous exercise on dried color gradation   Learnings: It works…

Project 2 – Exercise 1: Tonally graded wash

In this exercise I will learn how to make steadily graded washes. My supports: – commercial available special oil, acrylic paper – paper sized with hide glue My paints: – Oil: Royal Talens Van Gogh (ultramarine, violet, cadmium red medium, and alizarin crimson) – Acrylic: Royal Talens Amsterdam Standard series (ultramarine, cyan primaire, naphthol red, and alizarin crimson) Solvents: –…

Project 1 – Exercise 2: Applying paint without brushes

So this exercise is all about tools besides brushes. Will be fun. Looking around my home what I could use as found objects: palette, knife, spatula, wooden sticks, bubble wrap, cleaning brush, sponge, wooden block, textured plastic piece. This includes my fingers so that I include the disposable glove for my own protection. I am making the experiments in oil, as…

Project 1 – Exercise 1: Getting to know your brushes

Research The course materials highlighted how the painting techniques developed from a traditional application of thin layers to the impressionist way of laying side by side impasto paint blots. Brushstrokes and supports became part of the composition, more expressive and more inventive. I did some research in my sketchbook and found basically the following ways of paint application and brushstrokes: Wet-in-wet…