Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Screwing Around with Water Color - Last Day of Summer

For me it's the last day of summer.  I have been off for 2 months.  I think I did a lot.  But never enough.
Watercolor from my Imagination David Deyell's Class at Reyes Adobe.
I listened to Midnight's Children on CD as well as 2 books on emotions with the Dalai Lama.  I read Heart of Yoga, Seven Lessons of Chaos Theory, A book on Aging by Deepak Chopra,  An Introduction to Taoism by E. Wong, the Tao of Paoh, Stephen Mitchell's Tao te Ching and the Secret Teachings of Plants. 

Imagination Painting
  I saw two musicals: Scottsboro Boys and Fela with the cousin Lucretia.  I saw a few blockbuster movies including: Ironman 3, Man of Steel and Star Trek 2 with Lucretia and Tim.  I watched a bunch  of documentaries on Tibetan Buddhism and a series on the history of 20th century china.
Imagination painting David Deyell's class
I saw a psychiatrist to work on my depression.  Went to physical therapy for my shoulder.  I did ten sessions of water yoga. Went to a ten hour yoga workshop with Shiva Rea at Exhale. I did 42 hours of yin yoga teacher training with Paulie Zink.  As well as continuing my Moksha practice.  I had my first yoga private session with Matt.  I also had two shiatsu massages at Olympic Women's Spa.  I had my hair cut, colored and relaxed and even used my last groupon session for fake eyelashes. I considered getting a nose ring, I am still thinking about it.

Rose Garden at USC
 I started the Yoga Philosophy program at LMU and finished Yoga and the Mandala - Transforming Negative Emotions class as well as Sanskrit 1.  I continued taking classes with Andy Fish at Emerson College Extension in the Graphic Novel Program.

I hugged and I was hugged by Amma!
El Matador Beach
  I went back to Philly and saw my family and held and hosted a memorial service for my godmother Jean Ann Scott, may she rest in peace.  I love her very much.  In Phlly, I had lunch at Olive Garden with my Aunt Frances, Lois and Dee.  I went to bible study with Dee and Frances. I spent the day in New York with Bryce and even saw a friend from my youth, Susie Spodek.

I watched the NBA playoffs
Rose Garden USC
  I went up to Lone Pine and attended my 3rd Henry Fukuhara paint out with good friends Bernie and Mary Beth.

I listened to lots of records on my record player

Sketch at El Matador
  I had my 43rd Birthday.  I had a colonoscopy in which a pollup was removed.  I was diagnosed with rotator cuff problems, plantar fascitis and a very low heart beat of 45 beats a minute.  I also celebrated the 44th birthdays of my cousin Lucretia and my beloved husband Tim.

Sketch at El Matador
 And other things happen, some things I have forgotten and some things just too private to write on this blog.  But tomorrow back to the grind.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Page 4 - Some more work

I think this page is finally looking like how I want it to.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Uninstructed Figure Drawing - Doing a little a better

I feel like I am doing a little better with my figure drawing. 

This was the last 20 minute pose I think it was the most successful one

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chris Hero's workshop - a few weeks ago

Started figure drawing a few Tuesdays ago.  I haven't done it in a while.  I am definately out of practice.  I will go again for more third time

 This model was incredibly long.  He teaches Ashtanga yoga. 

Watercolors around Lone Pine and Manzanar

I tried to paint a little different at Manzanar this year: bigger, bolder, more abstract.  I tried to have a high teachability index and do what I was taught at the demos.

This is a painting I did from a sketch at the Lone Pine Visitor center after a demo by David Deyell up at Reyes Adobe.

I did this at Reyes Adobe from a sketch at Lone Pine Visitor Center

I did this on location at Lone Pine Visitor Center

I did this at Lone Pine Visitor Center

I did this up at the Alabama Hills inspired by Chris Van Winkle's demo. I submitted it for critique.  I was advised to get more contrast between the blue mountain and the sky.

I did this in Bernie's Hotel room at the Dow Villa inspired by Al Setton's demo where I collected symbols to make a collage type painting.

Page 4 - Starting to rework thumbnail and pencil

Last week I was working on page 4 of Hymn of the Pearl from some old thumbnails that Andy Fish corrected for me.
On right is my original thumbnail on the left is Andy's suggested revision this fall

Here is Andy's new correction on the right my original on the left from the reworking I did last week

This is what I turned into to Andy before his correction.

Thinking about reworking page 1

I am taking Andy Fish's online Illustrating the Graphic Novel II again this summer.  The homework was to rework a page.  I am thinking about if I could make page one of my graphic novel more dynamic.  I played with a couple of different layouts.  I will see what Andy says in the next couple of days.

Light and Shadow (Johnnie Liliedahl)– DVD

Light and Shadow (Johnnie Liliedahl)– DVD

Tonalist vs Colorist

Two approaches to painting outdoors – Tonalist or Colorist – they use temperature differently

Tonalist uses makes little or no use of cool reflected light from sky. Color is for local color of lit areas. It is about a strong statement in light and shadow. They have one color temperature in the shadow area. Uniform dark tone for shadow and shadow sides

Colorist uses will look deeply in shadows for tantalizing twists and turns. Warm light source makes warm colors on light sides. Cool light source make cool colors on light sides. Temperature of cast shadows is opposite of the light source.

A Strong statement about light is better to be a tonalist – they rely on strong value contrasts with just a decorated little color interest

The colorist works with mainly temperature contrasts with just a little interest in value changes.

Beginners have a hard time seeing value and color

Specific color is much less important than temperature shifts

In Studio/Still Life

- Two types of shadow in the Studio - Cast Shadow and Form Shadow

- Cast shadow occurs when light falls on an object. Cast shadows are lit by reflected light from adjacent objects indirect light

- Incandescent and Halogen light sources are very warm

- Warm light – relatively cool cast shadow

- Cool Light – relatively warm cast shadow

- Light source you use in the studio determines the temperature in the shadows

- No flesh colors just observed colors when painting models

- Color and temperature of shadow sides and cast shadows depend on color of surrounding objects and ambient light sources

- In studio – ambient light tends to be warm


. . . using an indoor situations the cast shadows will normally be warm if you are using window light


- Different from studio because of two powerful light sources (sun and sky) in the landscape

- It is important to be able to identify which light source is illuminating what you are painting in the lanscape

- Sun (obvious direct light source) temperature always warm

- Sky (always cool)

- (3) cast shadows, form shadows and open shadows

- Cast shadows are always cool because of reflected blue light from the sky

- Warm light cool cast shadows

- Form shadows on shadow side of a lit object – most often warm

- Open shadows – receive light from objects or surfaces other than the sky – always warm

- All opening into buildings (windows and doors) should be rendered warm

- Open shadow is always illuminated by reflected light off earth forms (living things-trees)

- Reflected Light takes it color and temperature from the surface (ground, grass, etc.) that the direct light strikes

- Form Shadows in the landscape – generalization – all open shadows are warm

- She believe darkest values should be painted transparently and lightest should be painted opaquely

- She uses a solvent as a medium when painting outdoors

- Correctly placing temperature is Important for volume

- Light from sky is very blue

- Open shadows are universally warm

- Colors in the landscape vary according to time of day and atmospheric conditions.

Time of Day and Color of Light in Landscape

- Temperature of shadows is determined by light source

- Suns color changes

- Early Morning and late afternoon is much more color than midday

- Moisture effects color of light

- Noon colors are cooler and 6pm colors are warmer

- Strong light washes out color it does not create or emphasize color

- Midday with overcast clouds is an excellent painting environment

- Cloud cover allows us to see rich cover

- Fog or Mist obscures distant objects – colors are muted

Color in the Palette

- Yellow orange is the hottest on the palette

- Violet Blue is the coldest part of the palette

- Palette: Green – Blue (warm cool)– Purple (warm cool)– Red (warm cool) – Orange – Yellow/Orange – Yellow (cool)

- Don’t work slavishly to local color

- Work on value and temperature relationships

- You can paint the colors you want to see by accurately depicting the temperature