Day four of Alan McGowan‘s “Life Drawing into Life Painting” workshop saw us start with two 10-minute charcoal drawings, followed by a 20-minute one, then onto some colour theory and a painting with a palette to which magenta and cyan were added, followed by the long post in the afternoon again.
I added magenta and cyan to my palette for the long pose, for purples in shadows, as contrast to the yellow light. But overall stayed with mostly desaturated colours. It’d be great to have another week to work this pose again, with the same colours on my palette but used more saturated.
Notes to myself:
• Highlights in reflected (indirect) light will never be as high in tone as highlights in direct light. The difference is crucial for getting sense of body turning in space.
• Range of colours produced by limited palette. When adding additional colours, consider what it’ll produce when mixed with what already using, whether it’s close to colours you’ve already got or opening new areas. E.g. with palette palette of muted primaries: burnt sienna (“red”), golden ochre (“yellow”), and Payne’s grey (“blue”) adding magenta introduces purples and cyan increases greens.
• With highly saturated colours, such as Matisse used, tone of the colour is still fundamental.
• Use the background to focus on negative space around the body and between sections, to carve in more accurate shapes.
• Check tone of background and put it in relatively early so it doesn’t distract the eye. (Look at “background” beneath stool above.)
• Use 50:50 mix of zinc:titanium white for a white with properties of both (transparent:opaque) akin to properties of lead white.
• Consider and cross check overall shape of figure, e.g. triangle from head to hands to feet.
At the End of Day 1: Life Drawing into Painting Workshop
• At the End of Day 2: Life Drawing into Painting Workshop
• At the End of Day 3: Life Drawing into Painting Workshop
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• Wirework: Memories of a Walk on Gardenstown Beach
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• Photos: In Gardenstown (afternoon before art workshop)
• Photos: Walking on the Beach at Gardenstown