Last Wednesday, we painted some still lifes from coloured photocopies. The reason we painted from photocopies rather than real still-life setups was so that we didn’t feel pressured time-wise. (We could take the paintings home and finish them there, which I did.)
It’s taking me longer and longer to post these because the exercises I’m working on between classes are taking longer.
Last Wednesday, we finally got to work with paint. This is what I’d been waiting for.
Last Wednesday, we worked with ink and shellac, which is basically beetle poo and meths. 🙂 The idea was to continue to work with line and tone and build a bridge between drawing and painting (by introducing a brush).
The first mark you put down on [your] canvas is the fifth one that’s there…. The first four marks are the edges of the canvas…. So, that first mark you put down had better have some relationship to those four edges.Skip Whitcomb on The Artful Painter