Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tree Reflections 2 -Process Video


painting in process

Tree Reflections 2, oil/canvas 11x14 inches
This is the last video (for now)  in my landscape series.  These videos are part of my Master's thesis research in Art Education at Concordia University.  My research topic centres on tacit knowledge, or how a painter can learn to articulate  and verbalise and experience gained through practice.   The ability to do this, in my opinion, is a fundamental element to developing a teaching practice for the visual arts studio.  It has been a wonderful experience making and sharing these videos with my students and anyone else interested in looking at them.  I will be taking a bit of a break for now so that I can finally write my thesis and finish my degree.

You can see the video in high definition at You Tube:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tree Reflections 2

oil/canvas  11x14 inches
 Often a subject inspired by a photo will be an interesting composition but I may want to express it using different colours.  The challenge of this oil painting done in my landscape class was to use two source images, one for the composition and another for the colour inspiration.  My next post will demonstrate the painting and thinking process that went into this work.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tree Reflections

Acrylic/canvas  11x14 inches

underpainting: acrylic/canvas  11x 14 inches

This is an acrylic landscape study of trees reflected in water.  The video talks about how to simplify shapes and  interpret colour and composition using different source images.

You can see the video in HD at You Tube.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cloud Study in Oil: Part 2

oil/canvas, 12 x 16 inches

Tonal Under painting

In Part 2 of the cloud study in oil, I am examining the different types of thinking process that go on when working through a painting.  Although there are some aspects of painting that can be rationalized through color theory and concepts about form and composition,  personal opinions, experiences and feelings are the driving force behind any good painting.

You can see this video in high definition on You Tube.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cloud Study in Acrylic

11x14 inches, acrylic/canvas

11x 14 inches, acrylic, canvas

This is the acrylic counterpart of my cloud study in oil.  In the accompanying video I have focused on the same concept of using positive and negative space to allow the shapes to evolve and change throughout the painting process.  Acrylic however, is a different material than oil and so I have used an approach that takes advantage of these differences. 

You can see this video in high definition at You Tube.

Cloud Study in Oil Part 1

11 x 14, oil/canvas
This is an underpainting for a cloud study done in my landscape painting class.  I have chosen a burnt sienna  ground because it will create a striking contrast for the blues of the sky and will warm the whites of the clouds. The  The accompanying video looks at the important characteristics of clouds that one should be aware of when wanting to paint them, as well as painting concepts such as the use of positive and negative space.

You can see the video in high definition at You Tube.