Thursday, November 3, 2011

Allegory of Painting

A project completed and I am very glad.  I decided to take a life drawing class this semester.  It is a fantastic class at Saddleback College with Cynthia Grilli.  I love everything about it except that all the homework takes away from painting time and all other time I was uses to having free.  This Vermeer copy was part of the midterm.  The assignment was to copy the values of colors in the original work by Vermeer using vine charcoal and touches of compressed charcoal.  As anxious as I was to do this project, I really like the way it turned out and the process.  Translating color to value is key to everything in painting.  So this is not an exercise that I would choose to do,  but I must say it was worth all the time it took.  

3 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

That's exactly the same way I feel about the workshop I went to in October. We spent two days putting burnt umber on a canvas and removing it. I learned so much about how the light and shadow shape the composition... but when I came home I was craving some color! This is a wonderful piece that you have done here! Wow!

Dana Cooper said...

Bravo Dori, it's fabulous!

Kim VanDerHoek said...

WOW Dori, this turned out really well! I can see why it took so long, there is a lot going on and a huge range of values to get down correctly. Beautiful job!

Have fun next week! Oh, how I wish I could go along....