Thursday, October 28, 2010

Minimal Palette w/ the Figured

The problem given was - select a blue, a yellow, and a red and then with each different study change your yellow. Minimizing my palette helped me organize my thoughts which were focused on value and temperature. I started with Yellow Ochre Pale, and then tried Cad. Yellow Medium, as well as Gamblin Transparent Earth Yellow.

Ultramarine Blue and Red Oxide 12"x16" value/temperature study from a cast of the Virgin Mary

I'm learning so much from experimenting with different minimal palettes. I can see my shortcoming in values and temperature much more readily so I think I'll continue doing more of these studies.

I'm leaving very chilly Chicago for the warm temps of the Southwest for a couple of weeks. Since it is my practise not to take a computer when off, I won't be blogging until later. Happy Art-making and viewing. Thank you for sharing your comments


Jill Berry said...

Enjoy your time away Susan!

These Studies are wonderful works.
Thanks for sharing them.
I love how you (& Karen to) remain in the learning/studying mode even at your level of success. (Congrats on all the shows by the way, you need a vacation!)
I'm glad you mentioned the benefit of toning on site- wiping out. I was in the habit of pre-toning, but
get slack sometimes. Will have to keep this technique in mind.

I enjoy catching up on your blog too! Fall has been busy art-show-season here as well.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Jill, Thanks for popping by. There just is not enough hours in the day to blog and paint is there.

toning. I think I still prefer to pre-tone prior to going outside but since I needed the white of the canvas to be my white I had to scramble around for a clean piece of linen. Let me know as your experiment with both ways which you find useful. Happy Painting

Jala Pfaff said...

Wonderful studies. I think minimal palettes work so well for portraiture.