Black and White #3 with Grisaille
I struggled slightly with perspective in this one, because I simplified the background and had to fill in places that I couldn’t directly observe because I removed objects from the background. It was also a rainy day, and the paint dried much more slowly than it had previously, which was at first helpful and then frustrating as it reached the “bitchy stage” and stayed there longer. My struggle with perspective made this slightly more challenging, and also interpreting bright colors into values was more challenging that just painting black and white to black and white. I feel that I was successful because I conquered these issues. I found white, yellow, less saturated tones of blue, green tones, and orange to be the lighter values and red, purple and more saturated tones of blue to be darker in value. I feel even more strongly that I want to be more gestural, because I think that all my paintings of still life’s in this class and my drawings of them in my drawing II class are very similar and I feel like its time to mix it up. I was drawn to Christine’s painting, which had simple and strong gestural lines that appeared to effortlessly express the subject matter with far less work than what I did.
When adding the Grisaille, I found it very fun. I loved being able to focus on color because the values were already in place. I did have to let go of trying to make the colors as bright as the still life was, but I like the overall feel of the result better than the bright solid colors were anyway. I will definitely be using the technique in the future.