Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Painting Practice - "Come to Me"

A very belated Happy 2011 to fellow creatives and bloggers!

(Warning:  This is going to be a long post ...and apologize for the quality of the pix.  I really need to learn taking better photo!)

Just got back to work from a 4-week break.  During the holiday, I dived into the deep end and tried out my very first painting on canvas.  It is far from finished but I needed to stop at some point or I could go on forever.  It is the best I could achieve with my current skill.  Hence I'm calling it my painting practice.

"Come to Me" (11 x 14, acrylic, watersoluble crayon & graphite)

As mentioned before, I have NIL painting experience and only began to learn to draw since Oct 2009.  After joining some online art classes last year and watching probably way too much YouTube videos plus getting my hands on 2 instructional DVDs, I dared myself to try out painting for real.

Every steps and aspects of the painting is a challenge for me.  (Example: it took me a few days to mix the skin tone and even now it is still not what I want.  I've painted the hair twice and haven't figured out a suitable color for the girl's eye brows.  Spent 2 afternoons to fix up the lips and the nipples.  A whole 2-days for the eyes.  The list went on and on and on ...)  I was lost and confused most of the time, but at the end of the day, I got through and moved onto the next stage to finish the painting.

There is sill a very very long way to go before I could paint well, but I'll keep trying.  From this painting, you could tell I'm all over the places.  When I looked at the original pencil drawing, there's a kind of elegance which I was unable to achieve with painting.  I hope that with time, my brush work will improve.  Also, with painting, there's a whole new side of material handling and techniques I need to learn and explore.

"Come to Me" (original pencil drawing)

An aspect I enjoyed of this painting was the insects.  The were created from borrowed features of several types of bees, moths, butterflies and dragonflies.  It was a real surprise to me as I'm not really a nature person.  I've always been a city girl.  It seems like drawing and painting have brought out the "nature" side of me.  I've been scouting good reference books on plants, insects, animals and nature in general.

Much of the online classes and DVDs I got were for mixed media art.  After watching them repeatedly for weeks, I realized that it wasn't really my cup of tea.  I prefer a more concentrated (medium-wise) approach to painting.  It might look like a waste of money for these courses and DVDs, but I still considered money well spent.  At least now I know what I don't like plus I did learn some useful drawing and painting skill here and there.

I reckon I will be posting a bit less this year as it takes a lot longer to get a painting done.  Right now, I'm considering to re-draw both "Moon" and "Prickly" for painting.

For this year's creative projects, I'm gonna working on canvas painting from start to finish.  (I've already prepped 2 more canvases for painting and bought another 4 from last Christmas sales.)  I hope that by end of the year, there will be some improvement of my painting skill.

BTW, this doesn't mean that I'm not visiting all your wonderful blogs.  You have all been wonderful and supportive to my creative venture.  I treasure this blogging community which nurtures me as a creative person.  THANK YOU!

I'd like to ask some help as well.

1)  Since the girl's "hair" is yellow and green, I had a hard time to come up with the right (harmonious) color of her eye brows which won't make her look freaky. Any suggestion?  I'm leaving it white at present.

2)  What do you think of the title:  "Come to Me"?  What does it mean to you or does it make any sense to you at all?

3)  What does the girl's hair look like to you?

All comments are welcomed.  Til then, have a fantastic week!


Cameron said...

Hello, My Dear! I'm so very proud of you for taking a chance and going for it! Yes, painting is a whole other animal....one that does not like to be tamed...heehee...

I must say I love the bugs, too...they give the painting an ethereal fairy/goddess quality which I adore :) At first, I thought her hair looked like leaves....but, perhaps her hair is yellow like the glow of a flame (and perhaps her skin could have that same effect) that lures the winged creatures to her...hence, the name!

I like the name...though she seems a little closed...nipples small and tight, like she's cold, a look that dares, rather than welcomes, arms pulled in tight, unrelaxed....

I do love the flush you put on your girls' cheeks in the sketches...all warm and flush...which gives the tightness in stance and gaze more tension, like arousal...perhaps?

I look forward to seeing what more you do with her! Well done, Sweetheart :)

Chapter Forty said...

Wow she is so beautiful. I really love your girls. They are intriguing, their eyes are stunning and make you wonder...

I think I would like to see her eyebrows yellow to match her hair. The green in her hair takes away from her eyes in my opinion. But could suggest an alien nature???

I love your bugs, fantastic detailing but (I'm going to be honest - so prepare yourself) I think they clutter the composition of the painting overall. My eye is taken away from the girl to examine them and I really just want to gaze into her eyes. I don't think the painting really needs them all.

I hope you dont mind me being so critical. Personally I always prefer honest opinions on my posts rather than airy fairy niceness.

The title "Come to me' suggests she is calling in all bugs, because of all the bugs. Which incidentally fits with what you have written about bringing out your undiscovered interest in 'nature'.

You show so much natural talent with your work. Its amazing you are only discovering it all now, and with so much dedication.

Well done!

Jane Davenport said...

This is an amazing painting...bugs are always welcome in my life! I l LOVE her eyes and her white eyebrows!
I have many paintings where part of it is left white because I couldnt decide on the colour....and now it looks just right on some of them.

I'm hearing you on the workshops...but all education is good, right?!
Maybe check out Wyanne's 'Paint Free' or Dirty Footprints Studio 'Big' e-classes - they are not 'how to paint/draw', ...but more about finding your own voice - or finding the CONFIDENCE in your own voice...am I making sense?

Anyway....your work is exsquisite Hybrid J!

And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment - I appreciate it so much!
Jane Davenport