progress!

So I have a new theory in the many theories that occur to me throughout any given day.  I think that the need to have something to write about so I actually blog makes me made accountable for my personal projects and keeps me motivated.  For now.  Okay so I finally have a preliminary sketch for the next GIRD project.   And I have unearthed a few canvases from the artwork abyss. 

 

 Girl in the Red Dress sketch

Girl in the Red Dress sketch

I  have come to prefer people to form their own conclusions about the story of the Girl in the Red Dress.  She can be what she wants to whomever is drawn to her.  I will say that I did combine two ideas for a painting into this composition.  And you can probably tell I've spent a lot of time studying WWII.  (History was my minor)

Now.   

I needed something to paint this on, as well as a self-portrait I've been itching to start.  (This is where the unearthing comes in).  I have countless pieces of artwork from college that are taking up space in my basement, under my bed, in the studio, so on and so forth.  Among these pieces of artwork are two paintings that I will never hang in my house.  Stretched canvas is expensive and I am on a limited budget.  There are actually three, but I'm not ready to let go of the third one quite yet.  Artists have been doing this for years, right?  I shouldn't be so apprehensive about it, I know.  I had to do it once for a customer who wasn't pleased with the photograph I chose for a portrait.   But honestly, you spend hours on art projects.  Especially paintings.  And to decide to make them disappear is a bit of a step.  It's like throwing away the all of that time and effort.  Let's be honest with each other here, there may be some tears in the gesso-ing process.  

BUT let's share these future memories for posterity's sake:

 

 Final Painting for Intro to Painting.  Color Study.

Final Painting for Intro to Painting.  Color Study.

 Master Study.  Monet's Haystacks.  Fucking Haystacks.  

Master Study.  Monet's Haystacks.  Fucking Haystacks.  

The first is a cartoon picture of me, surrounded by 4 protective lights.  I used this composition as a color study and wasn't really happy with the outcome.  The colors turned out exactly how I planned, but the whole thing seemed static and was not as dynamic as the sketch I planned for it.  I should've made the canvas vertical and the figure larger to fill the space better.  I just may retry this idea in the future.  

The second painting is a master copy of Monet's Haystacks.  He did a few haystack paintings, playing with different times of day and how color and light are effected.  It's a common practice in art school to copy masters works to practice another artists technique and find your own style and abilities along the way.  This is literally the only assignment I hated.  Every other master study I did, I was pleased with.  This one was extremely difficult to capture the light and colors the way he did.  Monet was no joke.  

Ok, so this is the longest entry I've had in a while.  I'll be back tomorrow!  Peace, love & strawberries!