Monday, April 13, 2015

Homework Complete!

31.5 x 49.5"
oil on canvas

My homework is complete! For those of you not following along, my Advanced Painting (BFA program) instructor tasked our class with transcribing a masterwork. We could tackle it any way we wanted. I choose to enlarge it and paint it in 1.5" squares, using no more than 2 colors per square and not using the same color in squares that touch. My transcription is based on Han's Memling's "Adoration of the Magi."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Making Progress

Masterwork transcription of Hans Memling's The Adoration of the Magi 
 I made some progress on my painting homework. Now, you can see the head of the baby Jesus. The canvas is officially half way covered. The attention to value is giving this crazy painting a lot of nice depth.
The Adoration of the Magi, Hans Memling, 1479-1480.

 Nativity. The Adoration of the Magi. Purification
Originally a triptych, all three parts are now framed together. The panels represent: The Birth of Christ, The Adoration of the Magi and The Purification. The painting is located in The Prado Museum, Madrid.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Homework Update

The Adoration of the Magi by Hans Memling

I have been making significant progress on my homework (masterwork reproduction) but I have not been sharing diligently. Here is an updated photo and one of me with my homework so you can get a feel for the scale. I will be doing homework later today and promise to post another update.
 Due to a lack of spare wall space in our classroom for such large scale paintings, 4 of us are painting our homework in the hallway outside the painting studios/classrooms. It has been fun to watch everyone's progress and to get feedback from all of the instructors as they go in and out of their classrooms.
As you can see, the hallway walls are well loved in the Creative Arts Center, at least up on the fourth floor between the painting classrooms. I promise, the rest of the place looks respectable.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ready for Mischief

4 x 4"
oil on panel
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 I was recently told that some experts believe that tuxedo cats are among the smartest domestic house cats. Perhaps that explains all the mischief that our tuxedo gets into. If you are smart and your brain is not being engaged enough, you go looking for entertainment or trouble. We obviously need to entertain this tuxedo more often but believe me, it is on my daily to do list. He already has a front row seat for the bird feeder that gets filled daily with safflower seeds. He has toys all over the house. His favorite toy is a knitted mouse that my sister handmade. It moves daily. He has a climbing tower and a big brother. When we get a decent size box in the mail, I cut peep holes in it so he can have a playhouse. But I know I could do more.
Don't get me wrong, we love him. He greets us at the door every time we come home. He brings us his mouse almost every night. If you sit down to watch TV, he melts into your legs. When you take a shower, he is waiting for you when you get out (loudly if you shut the door with him on the other side of it). He wants to be brushed daily, in the bathroom sink.
 How do you entertain your cats?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gimme Some

Gimme Some
6 x 6"
oil on panel
This is Jasper and his "Gimme Some" face. He is a frisky dog. When his owners were deciding on a reference photo for his custom pet portrait, this photo (see below) most captured his personality and won them over. It was definitely a pose that I had never worked with before but I think the resulting painting is filled with personality. While working on the painting, I noticed a few issues with the photo that I did not want to repeat in the painting. First of all, Jasper's front paws are on his owner's knee and you can see her foot and slipper. Because the slipper is the same color as Jasper, it looks like one of Jasper's legs. Only, that stance would be impossible. If I painted the slipper, Jasper would look like he had 5 legs or a really wide backside, not a good thing. To remedy that, I omitted her foot/slipper and carried the hardwood floor color to the left side of the painting. That also served to unify the floor and let me warm up the dark background.  The next problem was the almost black shadow cast by Jasper and his toy. Shadows are frequently rendered much darker by the camera than they appear in real life. The last issue that I wanted to address was Jasper's blue pupils. The beauty of paint!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Daily Drawing 2015

One of my New Years Resolutions was to draw daily. I am thrilled to say that I have drawn daily for all of 2015 and plan to continue. That is at least until my husband or cats revolt. Here are several of my sketches from the past few weeks.
Roger reading, ink
My other hand (a frequent model), ink
At the airport, pencil
Blind contour and quick sketches in pencil share the page with John Singer Sargent's Repose at the National Gallery of Art
Degas sculpture, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, pencil, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Husband in ink on cardboard that came with his Valentines Day gift. Yes, I actually wished him a happy Valentines day and then immediately asked to draw him. He is such a good husband.
In reference to yesterday's post about my painting transcription, I confirmed that the finished painting will be 21 x 33 squares or 31.5 x 49.5"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Painting Homework Spring Semester 2015

 Adoration of the Magi by Hans Memling (c. 1470) 
My BFA painting and drawing homework frequently includes masterwork transcriptions. The instructor doesn't want an exact duplicate, he wants us to take the time to really study the painting. In my Advanced Painting class this semester, I am transcribing a painting by Hans Memling called Adoration of the Magi (pictured above with a portion of a gridded copy showing). I decided to grid the painting into 0.5" squares and transcribe those onto 1.5" squares on a piece of canvas tacked to the wall, just outside of our classroom. I set a few rules for myself. Rule 1: No more that 2 colors of paint per square. Rule 2: Squares that touch each other cannot be the same color. That means that even thou the manger is basically one color, I won't paint it that way. I do plan to keep the transcribed paint value close to the original. The goal is to mix colors and end up with a cool looking transcription. I have posted some progress photos below.
26 squares painted on entire canvas
close up of the first squares painted
56 squares painted
more squares painted
current state of the painting
As you can see, I've got a few more squares to go. But, I am almost done with the manger. Next comes the fun part, the people! Stay tuned for more progress reports. Off the top of my head, I think the finished painting will be 31.5 x 49.5"