Thursday, May 21, 2009

Three Oil Sketches from Life, 2008
















These are oils on 12"x12" squares of cardboard. They were painted from life, in Ron Llanos' painting class at ACAN. Cardboard is a wonderfully soft and textured surface to paint on--and you can frequently get it for free. The obvious drawback is that it probably won't last as long as other supports, but I did gesso (prime) these cardboards before painting on them, so they are somewhat protected.

11 comments:

  1. when the materials are humble concerns of preciousness vanish. It can kind of free you up. I like the texture of the cardboard coming through on the last painting

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  2. Yes--I feel very free on cardboard. But from what I've been learning from other blogs, even the canvas I paint on is not considered the best--for that, apparently you paint on linen, not cotton. Can't comment yet; haven't tried it.

    But the main thing about cardboard (the type packing boxes are made of) is its wonderful texture and softness.

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  3. Wow! What wonderful artwork. I'm glad I found this blog!

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  4. Thanks. I'm glad I found yours--wonderful writing, and I love to read.

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  5. I love the compostions of these - all very dynamic.

    Linen has longer fibers than cotton, so I suppose that adds to the strength.

    You could have these mounted and framed, which would protect them. They are certainly worthy!

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  6. I'm drawn to the one in the middle.

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  7. i love these. just excellent. So dark, and moody, but full of color and life. WOW

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  8. PA wanted me to put a smiley face after it. She's partial to them.

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  9. Nice paintings, good composition, especially the first and the second. I'm still in the stage of learning to draw with charcoal and pencils , hopefully next year I can work with paint in the academy.
    And I still have to buy and use some watermarkers...
    Kind regards.

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  10. Thank you, Katherine, AH, Ken and Annie, and thanks to PA for chiming in.

    Katherine, I spent all day today in a materials seminar focused on oil painting. Absolutely fascinating and has clarified many issues for me. Once I decompress, I'll post about it.

    Annie, I know you're really busy trying out new stuff, but when you get around to them, the markers are really fun and kind of a bridge between drawing and painting (for color), sort of the way sculpting also can be (for form).

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