My Indian Holyman Painting: Dispelling Fear and Offering Benediction.
June 13, 2011.
I haven’t painted for 11 years and now it’s hard to get it going again! Everything that I have been doing in my painting class is centered and this centering thing has to stop! Perhaps some of my problems from my ‘Holyman’ painting stem from the fact that my original photo is centered.
On my centered sketch I write: ‘timid… too pretty! too careful!’ I don’t seem to be sure of anything anymore.
Am I craving balance with this centering thing? Or is it just that asymmetry is hard to achieve; using symmetry allows me to concentrate on the other principles of design: contrast, colour, repetition, rhythm. To counteract this tendency I deliberately transferred my holyman image off centre. And then panicked. What was I going to do with all that empty space?
Photoshop to the rescue, again! I overlaid my painting with several photos, darkened it, drew in a hand. My focus on the hand is interesting; it’s meaning is to ‘dispel fear’ or ‘fearlessness’. Perhaps I am trying to tell myself something…
Our super instructor’s site: http://jeannekrabbendam.com/ On her site she has her work and offers lots of different workshops and courses.
Mixed Media Class Experience:
- My first mixed media class – selecting images suitable for transfer
- I am frantically wondering, “Where’s the undo button?”
- Mistakes and more mistakes (using my scribbles painting as an example)
- How to do an image transfer, method # 1
- How to do an image transfer, method # 2
- Working with image transfers two years later
Class 2 Textures and Struggles
- Pressing objects into spackle (or spackle into stencils) to create textures
- Additions to spackle to create even more texture on your painting
- Glazing over the spackle texture
- Mixed media painting first assignment: ‘And all I could do was remember’
- Mixed Media Struggle 1: Using Photoshop to second guess myself on a problem painting