Friday, January 4, 2013

Testing, Testing, Check, Check

I know, I'm all over the place. I can't help but try a little of everything this month. So far oil (my "comfort zone" medium), watercolor, pastel/colored pencil, and today, painting with a palette knife. 

There's a side view so you can see the texture on this thing. Also the first time I've tried anything like still life.

As far as painting with a knife, it will definitely take some getting used to. I couldn't get my colors for the inside of the lamp the way I wanted them... I mixed and scrapped three colors that ended up looking muddy to me.  

How do you get brighter without paler? Is it even possible?  It feels like I should know this.  I'm such a noob.

Anyway, experiment #5 accomplished. I will definitely be playing with this some more, I think I like it... Probably some more organic subject next time. Lines are hard and in watching my knife idol Leonid Afremov at work, I think they're meant to be blurred anyway.

Maybe a bigger canvas, too... This felt pretty cramped.