vrijdag 19 december 2014

Learning from Caravaggio

Caravaggio was the master in using light and shadows in his portraits and paintings.
At the academy we worked several lessons on this clair-obscur theme.
First from a statue with a large spot posted on the left side:

Then a second lesson on the same subject but with different result:

And then with a model, he was put in the light and we were working in semi-dark settings.

Starting from the dark/black and then putting more whites into place... 
it wasn't easy, but hey Caravaggio is a master and must have practised and been drawing a lot to come to his masterpieces. You can find more on his work here.

donderdag 4 december 2014

Today in the studio

It is pretty cold out here in the Netherlands, so to be in my studio is quite a challenge...
I worked on a painting for a series today,
here you see a part of it (in progress):

 I will be showing a series of paintings in an exhibition next year hopefully.

In the end I enjoyed drawing with paint and it turned into this:

It works for me to keep drawing, to look for emotions, 
think about people and how I can paint or draw them.
You really are practising your hand and your eye.