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Thursday, March 22, 2012

White isn't white

When is white not white? When you're painting a white object, of course! In my case, a white foal. Interestingly, only the highlights are pure white, the shadows and contours are shades of the surrounding colors. I think I knew that only I'd never tried to paint a white object in oil before. With watercolor, you save the white of the paper for your white areas and shade with a watered down color. When I painted with acrylic, I would paint the white first, then add the shadings. I find myself wanting to paint that way with oil. Only I don't get it dark enough that way. My teacher has to take my color and darken it then show me the difference. It's been interesting. Dark to light. Not light to dark. There is still so much I have to learn. Fortunately, I have a great teacher!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A new painting

I'm in a fantasy phase. Why fantasy? I like the freedom it gives my imagination. Then again, I can use it symbolically. Is "Midnight's Journey" only about the black unicorn's midnight wanderings? Or is it symbolic of something more? And why unicorns? To me they are symbols  of purity, of perhaps a better us, of restoration. The dream-state is symbolic of our life's dreams and hopes and fears.

After "Midnight's Journey", I wanted to do a piece that was in the daytime so after gathering my reference photos, I started on "The Secret Place". It's in the secret places we're made whole; where God works on us, polishing off the rough stuff, so we can mirror Him. This one has a white foal ( will it become a unicorn? Time will tell! ) in a glade.

As I was putting in the tree trunks one suggested a face in it so I put it in. At first, I thought it was a good idea but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it was taking away from the main subject of the painting. Needless to say, the face is gone. It might make a reappearance if I can make it more subtle. But for now, no tree face. :o) The rest is coming along - the background is in, the foal blocked in, and the foreground well on its way. This week, I'll be painting the foal. I'll let you know how that goes.