December 15, 2014

A New Medium: Finals But Not The End

For our final assignments in Intro to Painting, we were required to create a self-portrait on stretched canvas at least 2'x3' and one other painting that combined at least two techniques we learned this semester. Being the over-ambitious/ indecisive person I am, I decided I wanted to create two panels for my final project. I loved painting landscapes and wanted to practice more with the human figure and underpainting. I wanted to move away from my typical green and yellow underpainting to explore my other options. I chose the blue for the landscape-before it snowed but how great did that work out?-and red for the figure to bring life into it. I love how I chose these two scenes that had the (unplanned) winter narrative of coming in from the snow and cozying up in front of the fireplace with a warm drink.
Blue Underpainting (in progress)
12"x21" Acrylic on Masonite
Red/Green Underpainting
12"x21" Acrylic on Masonite
I was so in love with the colors in my underpainting I didn't want to paint over it, but I'm usually even happier with the realistic colors so I documented the underpainting and pushed on. 
2'x3' Acrylic on Canvas
(Thanks to my dad for building the canvas stretcher!)

Unfortunately, canvas is different than paper or masonite because it is even more absorbent and I didn't get the effect I was hoping for. I really love scratching off the local (realistic) colors to reveal the unusual colors of the underpainting to show a more interesting depiction of our world, and the canvas doesn't work very well for that. However, thanks to some extra persistence, I was able to scratch bits of the layered local colors off get the effect I wanted and am satisfied with the result. 

Even though this was the end of my intro to painting course, I fell so in love with the medium I plan to continue painting on my own and incorporating it with my photography.

As always, I'd love your feedback/suggestions/questions/etc.

Thanks for Stopping by!xo

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