Friday, February 19, 2010

Using Vertical Banding to Create Depth Part 7 of 11 with Andy Braitman

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I'm going to have a darker color across the edge but I want just a little bit more interest along that back edge. I'm going to pull some of that blue light from that hillside across the water to this side here.

Just enough to give us some interest and liven up this area so i can pull across some more bands of color. Unless I can exaggerate it I can't see it.

I'm going to pull this vertical down. That's beginning to give me a sense of this diminishing form as well. Notice I haven't looked at the photograph at all for the last half an hour or so.

I'm really involved with my own memories and desire to get this land to really go back. I don't know that the photograph is going to help me do that.

I'm going to keep standing back and looking at how many of these bands I can put in and how many I can break to get this to go from here to there.

I'll play with that but just in this space because everyone is going to look to the other side but this is where the nuts and bolts are, the armature, this is what makes it work.

I'll put in a few more verticals just so I can see that broken band and make sure they don't line up with the things that are already back there. It's much thinner and much smaller and it's just the beginning.

Now the larger I want this mass to be the more powerful my verticals are going to be. So if I want that mass to tumble down this hill a little more I may put in another set of verticals that will let me put more dark over here.

I like the idea of getting a little more foliage. I want to make sure I have enough paint so that I can just come on top. While that's there I may take my first job with a smaller brush and pop in some lights along the water's edge.

At this point I'm not really worried about what they do. I'm just putting in lights. I can get higher contrast and more interest this way. I want to make sure the spacing isn't too equal.

These are supposed to be rocks so depending on how shallow and how the water comes in I may pull them out a little bit more this way.

I'll take my mixed purple and mixed blue and cover that up. Just so you can see what that looks like I'll actually start mixing that. Then we're going to shift to the next painting.

I think one of the big mistakes a lot of painters make is not getting dark enough in their paint values. I really think we can have a better sense of light and shadow if we have a substantial dark in the painting.

Even though this will be covered up with some reflective sky I tend to start at least a shade or two darker than I'm going to end up. Just to make certain that I get a heavy enough value. This will be a transitional color right now but I'm just going to make it pretty.

This still isn't my finished coat because I've got to cover up this real heavy linen so it will take another coat at least. I just wanted to get some paint down.

This is pretty much the second time through. We've done another painting and gotten it to this stage.

I'm going to lighten it up just a touch even though it will still be darker. I want to get a sense of letting us get into the painting a little bit. These colors will be shifted but at this early stage I still don't want it to be too intimidating. I'll brighten it up just a little bit.

That's a little banded so I'll break it up a little bit. Alright, let's see how that looks. That looks a little funky. As thick as this vertical was it's going to need more foliage up there to make sure it look more natural.

OK, so this is the end of the second coat. I did one coat then I've covered the whole canvas one more time. It took about 30 more minutes, maybe 45. That's it for today.