The third painting for this semester involved beginning with a subject taken from a still life and executed on paper using direct observation with attention to form.
After all of us worked carefully on drawing out a form or forms from our still life that was rendered carefully, we were instructed to take some risks with the assigned media. Ink in bold colors, water-soluble crayons, and white acrylic gesso was provided.
Wait a minute…..by take risks did you mean do something we had never tried before?
On our careful, precise drawings???
So a good start, but all the lines are running off the page. And that diagonal line at the bottom does not help.
Okay…now the eye follows the page better…
NO! NO! NO! This is about the legs from the still life! NOT what’s in your head!
Yeah…. better. Now can we resolve the background so this becomes about the still life?
Much better for the critique! The corners need to be painted in and there is still a washed out feel…
Taking the risk of letting go of what’s in my head and what I ‘think’ I know seems to be right for me. I am learning more about the media, technique, and rules of design (and how to use them) than in the years before. What I made for art in the past was ok….but I want my art to be awesome! If I can quiet my ego and open my mind to new ideas and directions I believe I can take off and fly one day…..