Experimenting again with two colours...
12”x10” Oil on Canvas Board
In my previous post I quickly explained how a painting - in this case a self portrait - starts with a photograph, a sketch outline and then the paint or other medium.
Here is that finished self portrait.
16”x12” Oil on Canvas Board
Follow my exploration of portraits and oil paints and, watch me evolve and stretch as an artist here on my journal or, via my Instagram.
What do you do first when starting a painting? Every artist will have a different approach.
I’ve always been super comfortable with pencil sketches when looking for accuracy and likeness so I’ve found that the pencil is a good starting point for me to get main features, lines and proportions correct.
And… this is my starting point for a self portrait. A photograph and a simple line drawing. As you can see I’ve cropped things a bit closer for the painting but it’s important to get the basics correct if you want to achieve a good likeness. I’m never going to be a hyper-realistic painter but my intention is to work on portraits (self or otherwise) for the foreseeable future to see how I can develop those skills.
You’ll have to come back another day to see it’s evolution though.
This painting will be on 16”x12” Canvas Board
“An artist’s work will get reported on if it sells to a special person or for a lot of money, but no one writes about art if it’s just there on the wall or on the floor. They write about it as a transaction, not just because it exists. Like, all the images from Basel Hong Kong were of Jeff Koons unveiling his sculpture. No photos of the sculptures; it’s the celebrity people are interested in, not the art. Not even the artist. They don’t care about his ideas, they care that he has made a lot of money and become famous. That’s the whole lifestyle thing. Art as decoration, art as all sorts of things, but not as the difficult philosophical proposition which is to me the most interesting thing about it.”
David Risley - Turps Banana Issue 20
I left school with a GCSE A-Grade in Art and Design. I can barely remember what that subject was, except that I sketched and painted a lot. I don’t remember learning anything much besides how to stare at an object and sketch what I saw. Stare and sketch. And repeat.
And then I left school. No direction. No focus. No plan.
It’s ludicrous that twenty five years later, I’m painting again for the first time since that GCSE art class. Last year I dabbled with digital painting. I’ll continue to do that but, now I’m actually painting. Oil on canvas.
It’s quite literally like starting all over again as a forty-something artist.
As with a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless.
No rules. No expectations.
Just blank canvas...
Let’s see what happens.