Peaceful Covid-19

Covid Soccer, Courtesy of Rakuten.Today

Shelter in place need not be painful. Study something new I say. If you’re a painter, study painting techniques or color theory. But put the time to good use. When this is over, we want to have something to show for our time.

And Practice Practice Practice

I’ve taken the opportunity these days to not only study online extensively but to muck about with paint. My wife has kindly allowed me to create an emergency paint studio in the front entrance area.

Last post, I started with a painting I completed while in isolation. Make the best of your situation, especially if you’re a painter. So I had so much fun, I did it again. Now I should probably say upfront, it’s a bad idea to show you the source photo because you can see I’m nowhere close to perfect realism. But it’s painting after all.

The Inspiration Photo

Silver Miners, circa 1909, Cobalt, Ontario. Courtesy miner’s Museum, Cobalt, On.

My Goals

My goal was to create a mood of hard labor, painful work, and foreboding. So i expanded the rock face and wanted to narrow the work area and darken the water, to make it more dangerous. After sketching it out in my book, I took a paint pen and sketched on the colored canvas. Pencil lines are too hard to see.

Sketch and block in values.
Roughing in lines of force.
Add depth to each area of the painting with dark, mid, and light versions of each color.
Finish the rocks
When I add a person, I try to keep him indistinct, a gesture of a person, so that you aren’t distracted by minute details. The colors are added to the shirts only for artistic logic, to be able to see them easily.
Early Silver Mine, Cobalt, Ontario. Circa 1908. Acrylic on wood panel. 30×36″

Adding only necessary details to resolve the painting and avoid red flags so to speak. DEtails don’t matter here in abstract (simplified) pieces, but movement and mood.

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