This painting came to me in my sleep a month or so before I decided to create her; after some research I stumbled across the Five Elemental Symbols all of which expresses the vision I had. The lady is one with all of the elements; Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Spirit.
Earth representative of potential and transformation; the point where the old gives way to the new; the empty fertility readies to feed new creations.
Water is the element of emotion and wisdom, particularly the wisdom of age
and the unconscious.
Air is the element of intelligence, creativity, increase and new beginnings.
Fire is associated with strength, activity, blood, and life-force. It is also seen as highly purifying and protective, consuming impurities and driving back the darkness.
Spirit is a bridge between the physical and the spiritual. In cosmological models, spirit is the transitory material between the physical and celestial realms. Within the microcosm, spirit is the bridge between body and soul.
It is still winter break session from class and between practice drawing figure poses I am testing my skill in a portrait painted with oils. My usual medium for portraits would be Acrylics. However, during the Fall semester of class I really enjoyed painted with oils. I found it different and educational painting with the limited color palette; yellow ochre, terra rosa, titanium white and ivory black.
I decided to render my color for my portrait using the same limited palette. I started with calling in a model to pose for me. She did pose several shots and one was chosen. I did sketch out with charcoal the portrait and transferred it to my linen canvas. Size 18 by 24. The video shows the painting stages; transfer sketch, under painting and as of now laying the first stage of color. I am having somewhat a difficult time with the skin tone working from the reference photo and now wish I would have created a small color study before beginning my large painting. Lesson learned for the next painting. Below: photos and Video of this work in progress......took a week long mini break from my painting. I have learned when I feel overwhelmed with a piece or unmotivated to take a break. Photo below of how much completed. This painting has undergone many stages... mainly because of experimenting with my brushstroke technique. To complete; hand holding breast, and pearls.
December 18- February 5, 2018
Winter break session from school. I decided to work on the critiques I received during fall semester. I know that the main one was my drawing techniques; measuring and proportions. From still life setups to figure drawings. So, practicing this will improve my skills for my spring class. I am scheduled for Chiaroscuro, Color Theory and Art History ( Art & Culture.
My first drawing; a still life figure sculpture I set up in my home art studio. Using a large black foam board as the background and a light grey linen cloth for the table cover. I used one light source and rendered all the shading in my pitch black studio w/ the one light source at a 45 degree angle on the sculpture.
I did send my drawing as a private message after semester to my instructor and she recommended for accuracy to the still life my drawing such be taller. So for my next study I will focus even more on the height and weigh measurements. I did take my time with this assignment to focus on not shading the reflected light value too light and I believe I did way better than all last semester assignments. Medium used Nitram Charcoal and General charcoal for all values instead of the pearl where I used Luminance Colored Pencil in Black and White. Next, I will be working on a oil painting using limited color palette; terra rosa, yellow orchre, white, black mostly.
Academy of Art University- San Francisco- Online: Major Drawing and Painting
FA 601 OL3: Drawing- Instructor A. Cunningham FA609 OL2: Painting- Instructor: A. Cunningham Overall I learned a lot about what I needed to improve.From Drawing class I need to continue to get more accurate measurements, proportions and reflected light when rendering values. From Painting class the same as drawing because w/o mastering the drawing techniques no matter how well the colors where rendered it lacked technique. I learned that classical drawing and painting is all about accuracy. At the end of the semester the last module of painting; expressive landscapes was my favorite mainly because I felt more free throughout the whole process. In Drawing class my favorite was drawing and shading with charcoal-the seated figures and the head sculpture. My least favorite would be drawing the simple forms; cube, cylinder etc. For my next semester I am going to draw in my sketchbook daily figures; the gestures,contours and measurements. Below are my favorite final assignments.
Decided to start a series of landscape & animal paintings for the gallery. I love the color variation, texture and technique I will be using An
Abstract- impressionism style. Lots of vibrant bold colors showing textural lines throughout the painting. For the landscape paintings; I am instructing the party using blank canvases unless notified by the host for a light sketch of the scene. Most of the painting parties are 2 hours long; appetizers, beverages, music, painting and social fun! However, for the landscapes and animals we will be closer to the 2.5 hour range. No experience will be needed as I will instruct through the process. I tell party guests to relax, relate and release their inner artist- no perfection- just fun. No stress and the process will flow and your masterpiece will turn out great.
Hope you enjoy the video and hope to paint with you soon.
Well...were do I start. Our Valentine's day event was more than I expected. 15 Loving and awesome came in and blessed me! The evening started with guests arrivals; the men presented their ladies with a flower followed by our themed party ' The Yin to My Yang' Chinese dinner, with dessert (custom designed cupcakes by BrittsArtistry of Dallas, beverages, music, a singer sang for us. I was just overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude.
Their 2 in 1 canvas paintings were absolutely unique and beautiful...the lights were perfectly dimmed as we listened to slow jams, laughed, sipped and stroked our brushes. I could not have asked for a better turn out.
We ended with fun photos and memorable take home painting with bags of sweet treats.
Mr Sherman and I love to entertain couples while painting. Sharing our passion and love.
Please do join us in the next Couples Painting and Dinner party on Saturday, April 2 @6:30pm...our theme is ' Shower Me With Your Love'. Visit the calendar tab at 13creativeexpressions.com
Hope to see you soon.
Peace & Blessings
What a great time we had for Paint Night. Canvas painting, Great food and beverages,door prizes, games, music, hair wrapping with our take home authentic African wraps. This was a all around creative event.
If you would like to add a little unique experience to your birthday, ladies night or party contact us. You will have a great time.
I recently read a quick post an Artist had written on a local painting party studio advertisement post. This Artist was upset and wrote that she was sick of seeing so many of these painting party studios on every darn corner...that it was basically taking away business from us 'Artist' the ones whose livelihood is based on customers/clients commissions and purchasing of Art. Well, when first opened my studio... I had intentions,the vision and goals for my Art to be the focus point, the best seller the bulk of my income. To my surprise, the painting parties did over shadow my Art but gave me the extra boost for customers to see me painting ' live'. It allowed them to see me actually in action which in return gave them a more interest in a painting that was on display.
The appreciation for the 'craft'/ 'talent' itself was more justifiable.
I also love being able to entertain others with painting! To see the smiles on ' NonArtist' faces really makes me HAPPY. I get to socialize and fellowship with a variety of people that I would never get to know if I was closed in to a studio just painting and in my own world.
So, If you have had a painting party with me... you are appreciated, keep coming and spread the word and if you have even purchased big Thanks!
My first experience going fishing and how it has applied in my career as a Full time Artist.