Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Work Table 12"x16" oil on linen panel
I almost titled this, Clutter, yet that has such a negative tone to it. A work table is far more engaging, because they are all the beloved tools that are used during the day. These unfortunately are not symbolic in any way to my life. They were set out for my direct painting workshop that I am taking. It does prove though, that you don't need expensive items, or unique subjects to paint. Objects that are around you every day will suffice for an interesting subject.
I found this almost too much information to be digested in one sitting, though I attempted to paint what I saw. I cleaned it up once I brought it home, and in fact changed the background. I originally put in tones of what was behind in the classroom with a counter edge and its shadow, etc. It was far too busy, so I grayed it all down. I might sit on this view for a while. The instructor did take a few photos that night. I might view them and see if I can adjust a few areas.
I had fun approaching this with color. The challenge for me was to create depth in two feet of space. After it was set up, I decided that I was going to use a limited palette, however as I moved deeper into the space, I saw color that I could not ignore. The palette needed to be rearranged to accept a full range. Also, in a class such as this, there is just so much room for easels. You don't always have the luxury to pick the view that you saw first. You jockey for position, and "get" the view that you "get". It forces you to see compositions in a new way. There is no time to rearrange the objects, and if you could, others would be shaking their fist. You look for flow, and interesting corners.
I hope this inspires some of you to look around and paint your everyday "Clutter".
Posted by Robin Neudorfer at 4:10 PM