Monday, 26 January 2015

What if I drew with an App

I downloaded a couple of free drawing apps. I wanted something that had a fast learning curve and was fun to use.  Let me present to you Rembrandt on a Ipad.

I think he is beginning to look less and less like himself but yet  still looks like a person, Maybe a distant relative - very distant.

Friday, 23 January 2015

what if I painted wild colours

I may have gone a little too far for my taste but it was fun to be really loose - haven't done that in a long time.  And it wasn't like I was driving drunk it is just paint.

Poor Rembrandt.  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What if I Used a Zorn Palette

Anders Zorn was a wonderful Swedish painter.  I guess it just proves you don't have to live in N.Y or Paris to be great.  Here is his self portrait

He is also known for the Zorn palette consisting of 3 colours and white. The colours are black, yellow ochre and cadmium red (some use cadmium red light others cadmium dark) Of course the brand of paint you use is going to change the hue.  Definitely a big man, but that is a story for another type of blog.  You make the green from the black and the yellow.  Here is Rembrandt with the Zorn palette.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

what if I painted up close

This is another Rembrandt portrait this time working enlarged.  His texture is wonderful.  I can't get the texture  in a quick painting in acrylics but I still enjoyed trying.  

This is the weekly hint from my other blog art by the books

David Kassan is an amazing artist who is now having a Kickstarter fundraiser for a palette

If I were an oil painter I think I would get it because I love new things for my art.  His palette is unusual in that it is vertical.  His point is, a vertical palette means the light falls in the same manner on the palette as on the painting.  I am not comparing myself to him and I really don't think that having his equipement is going to instantly make me as good as him but then you never know.  I have a little palette which I now keep vertically and it is easier physically so you don't twist to get at your paint.  I am now very aware of how repetitive motions come back to bite you.  

Watch the video - I think the palette is a  brilliant design. And since I know you are going to ask because I did -  the paint does not drip down but the glaze does so I just put that on the bottom.  

Sunday, 18 January 2015

what if I paint like Warhol

I have a confession to make - I went to an art show "Van Gogh to Kandinsky" I liked some works but most of them I thought were pretty bad.  I think that if I wasn't told that they were done by famous people, I would have just walked by most of them.  Next door was a small exhibit of Andy Warhol's Posters.  Here is the confession part  - we enjoyed the Warhol show much more.  Part of it may be that the  big show was so crowded we could barely see the paintings and we were irritated by people listening to the audio guides, standing in front of the paintings and not moving. The Warhol show was fun.
So here is Rembrandt inspired by Warhol

Saturday, 17 January 2015

What if I Painted in Pastel

Rembrandt and I are getting quite friendly - Here he is in pastel

Poor man is just a shadow of his former self

Friday, 16 January 2015

What if I paint with Liquitex Paint Markers

Still on my Rembrandt imitations.  I started with big patches and then I had used Liquitex paint markers to have fun.  I only had 2 colours blue and red and that wasn't enough so I took out a piece of white chalk.  It was very freeing.