Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Anatomy of a FINISHED Project!

I never did figure out what that thing is. I originally painted the box as empty. I thought it looked good and spoke to Vincent's life, but Todd says I can't mess with the original. Purist.

Whatever it is, I think it's o.k. I didn't make it look like his, mostly because I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, but also because I tried to blend it in with the background more. Hopefully it won't take away from the focal point....unless I've just drawn your attention to it. :-) I think it'll look good in a big, dark brown frame but that'll be up to it's owner.

Now all I need to do is finish Dad's painting. No. Really. It's only been 2 years. That's not excessive, is it? 8^o

Anatomy of a project 5 and 6

Closer and closer we creep.

From here on out it's about adding details and refining what's there. Eventually you just have to let go, but we're not to that point yet. First we have to figure out what the heck's in that box so we can paint it.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Anatomy of a project 4

I really do love painting. At several points throughout tonight's foray into art I thought, "I should stop and take a picture right now," but I just couldn't stop myself. It's 11pm right now so I decided I'd better let it go for a while.
P.S. The hardest part of encausticising a VanGogh is the outlines. If you ever get a good look at his work, notice the outlines. He outlines everything. If you can make it work it gives the piece a nice "coloring page" feel while you're working, but making it work is tricky. Looking at this photo, I can't even see all those outlines I just spent so long on. But I know it makes all the difference in the painting.

A few more days and I may actually finish this one.

We'll see.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Anatomy of a project 2 and 3

School is out! Well, preschool is anyway and to celebrate, I worked on my painting this afternoon.

Here are two more steps in the making of an encaustic painting.

After covering the canvas, or board, or whatever with a smooth layer of beeswax (or sometimes before) I try to sketch some of the subject out, usually with crayons. Like so:

Then it's pretty much just fill-in-the-blank. Like so:
Yes, I know. But it's the way he painted it. It's not supposed to have truly proper perspective. ....and if anybody knows what the HECK is in that box in the background of this painting, please let me know. It's so much easier to paint if you know what you're painting.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Anatomy of a project 1

First, you have a friend tell you that he'd really like a painting of VanGogh's Pipe and Chair. Then you think about it and fret about it and put it off for 6 months or so. Then your friend puts a guilt trip on you. Then you clean off your art desk and start to begin to prep for doing this painting.

Like so:
Then you stop to finish work for the end of the school year.
Hopefully, you do more work on it when your school projects are done.
This is a painting I've done before and for some reason that makes it harder for me to do. Once I've done it and liked it I'm always afraid to attempt it again. What if I totally screw it up this time?....or something along those lines. I'll try to keep the blog updated as I work. If anybody's out there reading this and you see that it's been an unreasonably long time without an update on this painting, drop me a line via the Comments and nudge me with a little guilt. It's good for me.