In a previous post, I tried to give some examples of drawings becoming paintings, plus a photograph of the general site as it now is.
I included this photo (2013).
And the drawing I made at the place in 1995.
Today I had a look to see if I could find a snapshot of the painting I made from the drawing. I did find one, of very snapshot-ish quality, which I include below.
I made the painting in 1996, a year after the drawing. It's
30" x 40" (75x100cm).
Darkness at Noon
On a different subject, I received a message from a student today who has made some grisailles which turned out to be too dark. This is a common problem, not allowing for the darkening aspects of subsequent transparent layers. Often it comes from too much ultramarine in the mixture (with burnt umber), but more often from not treating the paint as if it were more like watercolor in the initial stages, keeping something in reserve for development as one goes along. There's no reason for the big bass drum to sound in the opening bars of your composition.
Here's an 8x10 (20x25cm) grisaille which I made one day in the studio, winter 2011. I'd been thinking about France, and I decided to make up a village scene that looked French. It was quite hurried, but it was just an exercise.
I include it here to show that a grisaille doesn't need to be dark and contrasty.
There are three weekend classes tentatively scheduled:
It's possible that everyone's too busy, and that the classes won't garner sufficient students. The July class needs a few more hearty souls. You can write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sarajean Graham, The Keeper of the List (email@example.com)
I have no plans for classes after August. So, if you need to jump start your painting, you'll need to appear at one of the these three.