The first week of my art class with Peter Bonner at the Art Student League of New York. The class is on-line with student concentrated in the New York area but scattered everywhere. Peter spends the first hour of class discussing paintings — the majority abstract, but some from earlier times. He talks about what makes a painting work — value, rhythm, etc. Very valuable, both for looking at paintings and making one’s own. When paining, I spend a lot of time looking at what I’ve done so far, trying to figure out what is missing, what makes me uncomfortable, etc. Peter’s comments really help with that. He is both analytical and kind. A big range of ages, tending towards senior, with more women than men. Some really great work.
Another study based on Australian Aboriginal motifs.
This was a study in using an existing image as a starting point. The goal was to have the figure barely emerge from the background. There are ten layers in this digital piece, all with varying degrees of opacity which I “tuned” by trial and error. Most layers are normal, but some have a non-trivial blending mode, e.g., multiply. A very partial success, but a good experiment and experience.
January 19, 2022
This is the beginning an art journal for 2022. Getting serious for the new year!
Constructed using Procreate. (1) Sketched a few lines and shapes in blue pen, with a focus of small shapes near the center and larger elongated converging to the focus. (2) worked with color: lay down a first layer, some blending, then worked related colors into the base to make them richer and more varied.