art process

ART IN PROGRESS - "The Antique Shop", in progress @ 16.5 hours

This latest update is after 3 more sessions of painting (2 hours each). I'm in an experimental stage right now. The first shelf I painted is the one above the drawer. It obviously looks the closest to completion. However, I may have unintentionally used too much blue and that's not the balance that I want.  I want the image to be filled with shelves and shelves of objects but still feel simple for the eye to grasp. To do that, my composition is very simply organized into an orange zone which is bright and a blue zone which is dark. If I continue what I did for that bottom shelf for the rest of the shelves, then the oranges and blues will be too evenly distributed throughout the painting and it may start to look too cluttered/busy. The background will lose the simplicity of having that unified block of orange. At that point, the lady will no longer stand out as clearly either.  So on the 2 other left shelves, I changed my approach. I started by painting everything with light and dark values using yellow, orange, and white only. Next time I will slowly add in only small amounts of blue and other colors to control it carefully. Hopefully that will stay closer to my original intention. I don't know yet if I need to do a major repaint of that earliest shelf...

Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 - "The Antique Shop", in progress @ 16.5 hours, 22x28in., oil on canvas

Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 - "The Antique Shop", in progress @ 16.5 hours, 22x28in., oil on canvas

Stretching the truth.

Kathryn the person is pretty honest most of the time but Kathryn the artist is a liar. It's not very often that I present the facts as they are. What I'm usually putting on canvas is a tall tale. Some evidence of my guilt:

EXHIBIT A: Was that little canal town in China really so blue and green? Sorry. It WAS lovely... but in a very gray and brown sort of way.

EXHIBIT A: Was that little canal town in China really so blue and green? Sorry. It WAS lovely... but in a very gray and brown sort of way.

EXHIBIT B: Where did you drive out to in order to find the uninhabited landscape scenery for the "Missing Rider" painting? Well, I opened my front door, walked about 8 steps out, and took a photo of my next door neighbor's driveway. 

EXHIBIT B: Where did you drive out to in order to find the uninhabited landscape scenery for the "Missing Rider" painting? Well, I opened my front door, walked about 8 steps out, and took a photo of my next door neighbor's driveway. 

EXHIBIT C: Did you really wear a towel around your neck and cut your hair for that self-portrait? Heck no. That was Big Teddy.

EXHIBIT C: Did you really wear a towel around your neck and cut your hair for that self-portrait? Heck no. That was Big Teddy.