My plan for that week was to exploring planes in color with less focus on linear qualities. For some of the works I got inspired by works by Walter Sickert and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for their use of muted and broken colors. I was travelling so I used rather pastels due to space limitations (#23-28). I find those materials quite useful to take with me on the go compared to oil or acrylic paints.
- I find oil pastels better suited on smoother supports as it easier to blend and ‘move around’ the paint.
- Using muted and broken colours helps to focus more on form, composition, and mood.
- Using colour selectively adds to an overall more expressive appeal of the painting.
Plan for next week:
Working more in acrylic and oil, leveraging my learnings, and finding new poses.
28: Oil pastels on Bristol paper (42 x 30 cm) – no turp
=> I find painting in oil pastel on smooth surface (Bristol) more fluent, blending marks and color easier. I tend to paint in oil pastels more with linear painting compared to dry pastels. The different viewpoints and the open mouth as a focal point the painting gets a more expressive (strokes and expression) touch. Blending background with positive forms in some areas make the painting for me more coherent.
27: Oil pastels on paper (40 x 30 cm) – no turp
=> showing the rougher surface texture of the used acrylic paper support
26: Pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)
as #25 with some inspiration from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (muted broken colors and contrasting tonal values)
25: Pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)
with some inspiration from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (muted broken colors and contrasting tonal values)
=> I am satisfied here with the color blots and indicating of tiles in the background constructing with the smoother flesh of the figure
24: Oil pastels on paper (40 x 30 cm) – with use of turp for blending
23: Dry pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)
inspired by Walter Sickert – use of muted and broken colours
=> I couldn’t resist to apply a bolder, brighter color for the shirt
22: Acrylic on paper (48 x 36 cm)
inspired by Walter Sickert and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – muted and broken colors