July 11, 2011
Our internet had a breakdown so I've not been able to add any posts for a few days. I'm still studying composition and could probably keep doing that for quite awhile. What got me going on this was my own frustration in doing a painting a day and keeping them interesting and worthwhile. I realized that I needed to do more planning for each one. I've been consistently adding to the Daily Paintworks Website and reached 180 paintings listed. My goal is 250 for the year. I was happy with the one I did yesterday.
|6 x 6 - Available at Daily Paintworks|
The composition for this one was about having the darks create an armature and a gestural path into the painting. This time I used the VALUE FINDER app from my iPhone to see the pattern that the darks created. It is a really valuable tool in looking at the pattern of lights and darks. I think it was worth the $4.99 that I spent. You take a photo of your set-up and the value finder creates a number of different value patterns. The most helpful to me is the NOTAN, a pure black and white version of your photo.
The Art Tutorials at the Daily Paintworks are also worth investigating. Carol Marine does a really good one on composition. She recommends a book called The Simple Secret to Better Painting.
Here's a link to the tutorials: