Threads Of My Life

Threads Of My Life - 01 Setup

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Setup for this artwork:

canvas panel 14"x18", please use 140 lbs paper or wrapped canvas, 9"x12" and 12"x16", it does not matter

wet palette (see making wet palette video on intro page of this workshop)

acrylic gel medium, or matt medium, or gloss medium

discarded credit card to smooth collage pieces

sponge to dab a paint with

rag to wipe a brush on

brushes, I use filberts (flat ones with roundish corners), but you can use any brushes you prefer

stencils, I mostly use www.stencilgirlproducts.com (I am not paid to advertise them :))

magazine or printed images of face and hands (you are welcome to use mine)

porcupine stick (or any sharp tool to scratch into wet paint)

acrylics: raw umber, paynes grey, buff titanium, white. If you don't have raw umber: mix red and yellow in equal amounts and add a bit of blue. The more blue you add, the cooler your brown will become. If you don't have paynes grey, take any other blue (e.g. phthalo) and add tiny bit or orange to it - it should create lovely greyish blue. If you don't have titanium buff: take white and add tiny bits of yellow, red and black to it. Add very little, titanium buff is a almost white color with cream-yellow tone to it.

Threads Of My Life - 02 Composition

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In this workshop we will take a note of most common compositional arrangements: rule of the thirds. It is a powerful compositional technique for making photos more interesting and dynamic. The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, and a person or object on the left or right side.

One of the modern artists I greatly admire - Tina Naya'li Lubaya (Berendsohn), is using this rule very skillfully in her art:

Threads Of My Life - 03 Underpainting

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Sometimes I am asked why to do first layer of underpainting if all of it is going to be buried under top layers anyway.

Underpainting has few functions:

  • to put a colour underneath your painting, allowing that to impact your final work in some way
  • to see whether all the elements balance up compositionally, and whether they “fit”
  • to create visual mapping of shadow and light that your eye would follow while applying subsequent layers

It may not be very obvious towards the end, but somehow when looking at the final artwork, the viewers eye would sense underlying underpainting as a bone structure beneath the skin.

Old masters underpaintings (they never completed these paintings, and gave us an opportunity to have a peep at the core structure of their masterpieces):

Leonardo da Vinci underpainting

Leonardo da Vinci underpainting

Paul Peter Rubens underpainting

Paul Peter Rubens underpainting

Threads Of My Life - 04 Face

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Threads Of My Life-05 Hands

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Threads Of My Life-06 Background 

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Photo of tunnel that I used as a color perspective reference.

Photo of tunnel that I used as a color perspective reference.

Rules on color perspective: all things become cooler in color and lighter in value as they recede into distance. Below picture illustrate perspective very well:

from sgvarts.blogspot.com

from sgvarts.blogspot.com

Below photos illustrate well both rule of the third and color perspective. These are guidelines only and useful if you are uncertain of placement of elements and color treatment in your composition. They are old faithful helpers and you cannot go wrong if your follow them. There are plenty examples in art where these rules were broken and still artworks were successful.

Kirk Richards

Kirk Richards

Daniel F. Gerhartz

Daniel F. Gerhartz

Threads Of My Life-07 Surprise Addition

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Inspiration Stream of monochrome Story Art works:

Ambrose McEvoy

Ambrose McEvoy

Andrea Cowch

Andrea Cowch

Brad Kunkle

Brad Kunkle

Lorenzo di Credi

Lorenzo di Credi

Joan Dumouchel

Joan Dumouchel

Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks

Sonia Verdu

Sonia Verdu

Toshiyuki Enoki

Toshiyuki Enoki