3776: Observing the Indefinite

As I learn with Ai on how to simplify imagery into shapes and brushstrokes I always want to come back to reality. I’m using Ai as a tool to learn these skills, then I want to apply the skills to real images, real life. Every few days or weeks I’m going to paint from an image and see how I do. Like today.

Initial thought, my painting looks better in real life. Looking at the image here against the original photograph I’m a bit disappointed. Mainly with the sky. It doesn’t have the glow I wanted.

Review From Yesterday

Drawing: Take the time that it needs. Focus on each brush stroke to improve control, drawing, shape design and speed. Speed is all about efficiency not how fast I move.

Perspective: Keep practicing linear and atmospheric perspective.

Value > Color: Value first, hue and saturation second. High contrast and high saturation near focal point. Test when you’re unsure.

Form: Continue to think of each object as existing in space. Make it feel like it takes up space.

Shape Design: Practice and begin to understand what shapes are pleasing and why. Simplify complex shapes always.

Composition: Simple subjects for now. Rule of thirds. Edges. Value. Color. All emphasizing the focal point.

Brushwork: Practice creating as much as possible with one stroke. Improve my ability to soften an edge with a brush.

Other: Stand up at least every 30 minutes.

What did I learn?

Drawing: When doing a landscape there is some drawing involved but not to the accuracy necessary for figures. Landscapes are not the best for training drawing accuracy in my opinion.

Perspective: A little too dark on the atmospheric perspective for the shadows of the mountain.

Value > Color: Relative value is okay. Again, the shadows could be lighter. I’m happy with the color for everything but the sky, It doesn’t have the glow I want.

Form: I feel the distance and space between objects but each individual object feels a bit flat.

Shape Design: I was able to simply well but in the end I added a bit too much detail. I need to squint constantly.

Composition: No change with the composition.

Brushwork: The brushwork I did with larger brushes went well but as soon as I brought out my smaller brushes I killed the shapes and did way too much daubing.

Keep doing

  • Taking my time drawing and laying down paint.
  • Simplifying shapes.
  • Getting the value right first and checking when I’m unsure.
  • Finishing a painting daily and reviewing.
  • Squinting.

Stop doing

  • Using my smallest brushes.
  • Details.
  • Listening to podcasts while painting. Nothing but music.

Things to think about moving forward: From this article.

  • Be quiet and still enough to listen to my inner voice, then boldly do what it tells me.
  • Experiment, be vulnerable, create shitty work to figure yourself out.
  • Make a lot of work, look at a lot of work you love, paint a lot. Don’t get to theoretical, work it out in front of the easel.
  • By learning to listen to your inner voice and intuition, you will know what you need most.
  • I am the music I like, the clothes I like, the art I like, the beliefs I have.
  • What is my goal for these paintings?
  • Try intuitive painting with no judgement on how it looks.
  • Help other artists.
  • Make my miracles list.
  • “Write out the story of your creativity from the beginning until now. Clean the slate; release the pain that blocks you.”
  • Morning pages.
  • Stop being a perfectionist. The antidote to fear is wonder. Replace your fear of being imperfect with a curiosity about what it will look like when you follow what interests you and listen to your gut.”
  • Do what comes naturally.
  • Give yourself permission. Freedom isn’t given, freedom is taken.”
  • Continue to limit my options when painting. Materials, subject matter,
  • When I’m not painting surround myself with information about painting.

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