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Monday, February 6, 2012

Then there's that matter of inspiration

Deer in my brother's yard, an exercise done several years ago

This Sunday, I was doodling in church when a painting dropped full-blown into my head. That isn't common, but is always exciting. And in this case, it was fortuitous since I just finished several weeks of flailing around on the previous piece.

Where does a fully-realized idea spring from? First, a thought: in this case, a dilemma that has bedeviled me for almost a year. Then, visual input that is usually jumbling around in one’s cranium solidifies into a concept. In this case:

  1. An email sent by my pal Garrett about how big wolves really are;
  2. A painting I did several years ago as an exercise for my class on how to paint the traps between trees;
  3. A photo taken by my friend Jamie of a waterfalls near her house;
  4. William Holman Hunt’s “Our English Coasts (Strayed Sheep),” which set the light tone for the uplands.
Bold
My sketch done in church last Sunday.

When I’m painting observationally, I follow the traditional rules of alla prima painting: dark before light, big masses divided into small masses, fat over lean. When I’m painting from an interior vision, I paint indirectly, starting with a color map, and then modulating with opaque paints.


My color map.

As far as I got today. Tomorrow, I'll start looking at real reference.

BTW, this is my current easel setup—electronic reference to the left, paper reference to the left.



2 comments:

Painting for Fun said...

Oh WOW I love this Carol!!! Excellent painting. I wish you were much closer.

Carol L. Douglas said...

Thanks, Ms. P. That goes both ways, of course.