Posts tagged ‘oil’
December 25, 2014
Is there a better way to learn about an artwork than to break it into pieces and discover it’s magic by yourself? I’m going to show you how I usually do that. This time, I chose a famous painting by Antonio Allegri, better known as Correggio. It’s called The Holy Night and you can comfortably admire it in high resolution at google cultural institute. But I of course strongly recommend seeing it in person. It’s hung at Zwinger in Dresden, Germany.
“The scene is lit by the dazzling light radiating from the manger as the happy mother gazes at her new born son. In the background we can see St Joseph tending to one of the animals and the foreground is dominated by the figure of a shepherd who has rushed to witness the miracle. Two servant girls appear in the mid ground, one is looking at the shepherd, and the other raises her arm dazzled by the light of the manger. The angels in the top of the picture ride on a cloud of expectation as they herald the birth of the infant Jesus.”
One quite important thing that Correggio did here was that he made the newborn baby the only light source. It became standard later in baroque but it was quite revolutionary at the time. It adds lot of mystery to the scene. But what are the inner mechanics of the painting? Bellow is simplified path our eye follows while observing the painting. The first thing we probably notice is Maria with newborn baby. From that point, our eyes are carried around the whole painting, creating something like number 8 while never being allowed to leave the canvas completely. Following are the major forces that pull our eyes. Interesting to note is that there is basically nothing which would push our sight out of the painting. Everything seems to be compressed on the left, resulting in strong sense of calmness, expectation and permanence. When we abstract the composition we can fully appreciate the beautifully designed dark negative shapes. If we take a closer look at the painting we can notice that these shapes are gently repeated thorough the whole picture. Other thing to note is that there are almost no sharp spiky points in the painting. Everything is slightly rounded. We can also clearly see that the bright areas form something like letter X. The ratio of light and shade is roughly 1/3. Here is my pencil study of the two servant girls. I really dig the difference in their expressions and their relation. I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me. This article is the first of hopefully long and fruitful series of master studies which I’m going to do.
October 10, 2014
Enjoy some insight into what had to be done to finish this painting.
I was always captivated by the absorbing darkness of dense pine forest. When you stand on the right spot, it almost feels like it is going to devour you. I wanted to paint that thing. And this summer, I finally got around to do that. Bellow is a moderate size oil study. I also took lot of photos for aid.
The idea I had in mind was little bit different though. So I did what I always do when I want to do some deep exploration – digital painting. This was the sketch that I decided to go with.
And this image is a snapshot of what I painted after the first session. My goal is always to fill the canvas as soon as possible, this was also the case.
And the final painting. Executed in oils on 150x100cm canvas. You can see that I made some further changes in composition along the way.
June 23, 2014
These are oil paintings I brought back from Taiwan.
May 5, 2014
Third round of doodles from Taiwan. This time including some more refined oil paintings too.
November 26, 2013
1) Kevin Macpherson: Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color
If you want to learn how to see, mix and put down accurate colors, buy this book. Kevin Macpherson is the true master of plein air painting who is not only capable of producing unbelievable artworks, but is also able break down the process of painting into easy to understand and incredibly efficient steps.
2) Ernst H. Gombrich: The Story of Art.
Probably the best introduction to the art history up to date. It offers complex insight into the subject while keeping things simple and understandable. And as a bonus, it’s incredibly pleasant to read.
3) Robert Henri: The Art Spirit
This little gem literally changed my perspective on the way I see the world around. It’s about art, life and about being a human – always curious, playful and eager to learn. This is one of the books that make you smile every time you open them.
March 3, 2013
December 27, 2012
November 29, 2012
September 1, 2012
These are paintings from my latest one week long trip to Vysočina – most precious corner of the world to me.
Do you like them? Share your opinion with others and leave a comment bellow!
July 16, 2012
This is the rest of the paintings from June 2012 which I haven’t shared yet.
June 26, 2012
I would say that ponds are very significant sign of my country. Wherever you go, you probably soon find one. And the best is that they are so paintable!
May 12, 2012
I would like to do three things today:
- To share with you a new painting of storm clouds. I made it in incredible 15 minutes – my best time I guess. :)
- To invite you all to join my facebook page, where you can regularly check new and special stuff from me. Related to art of course.
- And finally to thank you for visiting this website and for viewing my artwork.
May 4, 2012
These are two studies of skies from April. Painting a sky is always very challenging experience. One has to work very quickly and accurately to capture fast changing clouds.
April 13, 2012
Two new small paintings I did last week on location. I started to include iron oxide black to my limited pallete of three basic colors + white, which I was adviced not to do. Though if used carefuly, it speeds up the process of mixing colors and helps me to add more contrast and variety to my dark tones. Previously I had troubles making blacks dark enough. I hope you enjoy them!
April 5, 2012
This is a studio painting I did three weeks ago. I used a plein-air study as a starting point, but at some point, I took a new direction and let the painting evolve on it’s own. Do you like it?