When I started this blog, I did not want to repeat what was being done in these blogs or discussion space. My purpose is more specific--that is how to be an artist at the same time you have a full-time job. In sum, as my blog "objective" states, to provide practical methods and advice on finding more time to pursue your art, more efficient ways of making it, and more effective ways of getting your artistic vision out of your mind and onto paper, canvas, or any other material you can find.
I have been thinking lately about how this relates back to the PAD approach. Can a artist with a full-time job follow the PAD approach? I believe the answer is "yes". And, I hope over the next few months and maybe years I will be able to prove it to you.
In the meantime, let me give you a concrete example of how to make a small painting is a short time. If you have been reading my "yellow cup" painting lesson then you are familiar with my approach. I have followed the same approach for this painting, "Crushed Styrofoam Cup". In fact, I think it there is more to learn from this example, as the tonal variations are much more interesting.
As with the "Yellow Cup" painting, I started with a pair of photos, one in color and the other in black and white. There were printed on a portable photo printer.
Next, I start painting in a monochrome color, a mixture of sap green and cadmium red. In the underpainting my concern is to make an interesting tonal painting. In my experience, if the tonal painting is interesting to look at--then the final painting has a good chance to be interesting as well--but the converse is not always true. In fact, in my opinion, if your tones are wrong or uninteresting, adding color will almost never make things better. I spent about 10-15 minutes blocking in the major tones, simply by adding progressive amounts of titanium white paint to my sap green/red mixture.
Of course, the monochomatic painting is not meant to be a finished painting, but a guide to establishing and keeping the right tones as you move the painting forward. Once I felt I had these working, I took the time to set out my palette by matching the tones within each of the colors that I would need for the finished painting. For this painting, these were a reddish brown, similar to the underpainting, a bluish red, and yellow/orange.
Once the mixing was done, which took around 5 mins. I went back to the monochrome painting and started to fill in the major blocks of color. Once I was satisfied with the color relationships, I moved to the edges and drawing to make sure the cup was convincing and sitting firmly on the table. The last part of the painting that I completed was the straw. It gave me the most trouble for some reason, I suspect because it was easy to make it too obvious. In my mind, the key to this painting is to make the lid and straw convincing--and I hope I have accomplished this.
Anyway, here is a painting that I completed in les than two hours of work. So, as I said above, one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening is all you need to join the painting-a-day movement. Here is my contribution for the day.
Hope you enjoy. Send me your comments. More tomorrow, Sixtyminuteartist