Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Today we are going to talk about Shapes, In painting, shapes is one of the different tools we use. When we talk shapes, we will be thinking of many different kind of shapes. positive shapes , negative shapes , beautiful shapes and ugly shapes as well as geometrical shapes and abstract shapes.
When we look at a subject with the intention to paint it, we can look to the outline of it , or we can look at it as an accumulation of many different shapes. If we look at it as the accumulation of many shapes, we will find that is easier to bring the likeness of the subject into the painting.
we all have different shapes from each other, in fact, if we look to a small photograph with a lot of people, a family photo, or a school photo and we can recognize all of them , even if their faces are tiny. We can do that because we recognize the shape of each individual.
Having this clear, if we are going to do a portrait, we should study the shapes of the person we are going to portrait and this will bring us closer to the likeness of such person. Caricaturist have very clear this concept or tool . since they have to bring a distorted likeness of the person.
If we take as an example the head of a person , here we have five distinctive shapes , one big, the head, an four small, the two eyes , the nose and the mouth . The distance and position between them will give us the right resemblance .
We will talk another time about the different kind of shapes( positive, negative, good and bad )that we have to acknowledge for painting.

Thursday, 18 June 2009


Barb did her second painting , she chose Monet ,it was a hard painting to do, but she did a good job.

Monday, 15 June 2009


One of the first things we confront when we are going to do a painting is: what are we going to paint?
That depends on the artist, but I am going to give you a few ideas
BEAUTY.-when we see beauty on an object, a landscape or a person, we get a feeling that travels all over our body, we get animated by it. and we want to express this feeling,
we need to be move by it, so that is a good subject. how to go about this subject? We can take a photo , do a fast sketch, analyze all the aspect of beauty of the subject, can be a beautiful eyes of a person, a beautiful color of a flower , the shape of a vase. Analyze what is it that makes it more beautiful than the rest. The thing that is more beautiful, es the thing we are going to work the most in the painting, it will be the center of attention of the viewer.
A DREAM OR A VISION. we had this vision or this dream , that also brought this special feeling all over our body. This is also a good subject. How do we go about this subject?. Here is more difficult to take a photo, but we can do a fast sketch. lets put an example. a young girl writing her first love letter. your sketch will be of a young girl sitting down holding a pen with one hand and her eyes will be looking up searching for the poetry that match her emotions, may be you want to place a book or two on the table, a few flowers on a vase and a nice cup of tea. we do a sketch with every thing we want to put in it. the sketch doesn't need to be very precise. We go home, and arrange a table , some books, a cup of tea and a vase with flowers we ask a young girl, family or friend to model for us sitting in the table we have arrange, then you can take a photo or a few photos and start from there
Composition for a painting from the painter M. W

Here we have the painting done by M.W.
The part of the painting that he work the most is the eyes

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


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Eva did her first painting inspired in Monet


Here Bill also had his first try , he chose a Van Gogh painting to copy.


And this one is Barb first painting, copy of the artist Maria Serafina


Evelyn first copy of the masters , in this case she copied Manly Macdonald, a Canadian impressionist painter


Rosanna did her first copy of the masters, in this case Van Gogh


I am creating this new blog to post the process of work that my students are doing .I will be posting the different stages of each one as they go alone with each exercise.