Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 2.

Value simplification.

So in this week we needed to start the work by only painting 3 values, save this first step and then moving on and finish it. Greyscale: darkest dark, lighter light and predominant value. The spirit for this exercise is rule number one in art: go from general to particular.

I think simplicity is one of the most important thing I seek in life in general and so I do the same in artwork. I´m always looking forward to it in my own work and love to see that in others. For me it´s all about comunicating and connecting with others.

As I grow as an artist I tend to pay more atention to what I am trying to say and I´m less worryied about myself. This exercise is fastastic for stablishing the painting in the firsts minutes of work: both elements and lighting. It´s more difficult to do when you´re not painting from natural (or photo) and you need to imagine everything. I don´t know how is it for you guys, but for me, when I´m working from my head, I need to construct the image. Doesn´t work like I already have one in my head and then I struggle to transfer it to the canvas. Works more like I have an idea (which is a lot), then I start by putting the most important elements, I often try different options, look for references and from that point I need to construct, work, put something here, something there and somewhen near by the end I start putting off many of the elements I first added and try to keep only the essential.

Lasso tool guys, use it, you won´t depend so much on your stroke wich is something that make us lose a lot of time.

I was publishing in our fb course page since the begining and in this week I decided to design a master page for the presentations. I recommend you to do it since the beggining, it will save you a lot of time too.

These are still made from photo reference.

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This is the entrance hall of where I used to live at the time.

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The window I had in my room. It was pretty dark.

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I made this composition with objects I found in the living room. The bowl with little stones in it was a challange ´cause painting a repetition of many individual things always is. I remember this came out pretty easily and Dice commented possitively on this particular one. When it´s comming out naturally it´s always a good thing.

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I liked this one, the floor and the windows were a challenge. Somewhere near by my house.

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The grid on the floor and the texture on it killed me, but at least is represented in the painting. Lasso tool was on fire at this point. I found this on the street, didn´t touch anything.

Until next week, see ya!

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