Tuesday, July 5, 2011

St. Francis Mural Project

 Touching up second row.  I'm quite happy with the way things are going so far, but it's important for me not to get too attached as I will eventually cover everything up with color.  So why even do a black and white under painting you ask?  I believe value (the lightness or darkness of a color) is more important than color.  Although one notices color first in a painting, it is the subtle shifts in value that creates sculpturesque form.  As long as the values in a painting are correct it almost doesn't matter what color it is because it will still read as a 3D object.
 Molly approves.

The sections that I'm not working on are stacked on floor to save precious wall space.
 Blocking-in 3rd row.  I found that working on the floor at this stage saves a lot of time. 

 I will admit, for a second I felt like Pollock.
Once sections are blocked-in on floor, they are taped to wall for more detail.
 I was kicked out of the studio Friday afternoon by the maintenance crew.  They will be waxing floors until Wednesday:(
3rd row complete!  Painting objects at a distance can be tricky.  The edges of the objects must be softer so that they recede into the distance.  Also, values and colors will get lighter as objects recede.  This phenomenon is called atmospheric perspective. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see you painting on the floor. Probably the best way to truly get the loose strokes needed for a landscape that recedes in the distance. Another benefit of the cloth!