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  • #1942772
    JacJac
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    Hey there Vera, thanks for stopping by and providing some feedback! I do appreciate it. You’re totally right about the failure to capture the value/hue changes for atmospheric perspective to properly put some distance between the viewer and background.

    I knew mid-painting that I was struggling to lighten and cool my colours. I think part of the reason why was that I didn’t begin by breaking the picture down into shapes to block in like I usually do. I sort of did a dab here, a dab there, taking care not to cover up the yellowish underpainting which was my initial impression of the work. But this didn’t really work.

    I might give it another go over the weekend, come back for some revenge! 🙂

    #1942775
    JacJac
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    Day 30 17/11/21

    No landscapes today, just:

    • Finished watching the section of Russian Drawing on the asaro head. I don’t feel particularly well prepared to move on from the fundamentals section, so I might crank out a few heads over the next couple weeks before I do so.
    • Worked for 2hrs-ish on the assignment, still a bit to do, which I’ll have to pick up tomorrow.

    Practice Time: 2h

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    #1949360
    JacJac
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    Unfortunately other commitments have kept me from both updating this challenge and getting much art practice in. Shameful priorities.

    Day 31 18/11/21

    • Very little accomplished. I spent about 30 minutes working on the shadow values of the ear and nose of the asaro head above (but didn’t remember to take a picture).

    Practice Time: 0.5h

    Day 32 19/11/21

    • A full day of the old 9-5 and an evening meal with the family left me with no time for practice.

    Practice Time: 0 🙁

    Day 32 (second attempt!) 20/11/21

    • “Completed” the Asaro head. I could have kept on tweaking…
    • I also started to lay in a still life before it got too dark to continue.

    Practice Time: 1h

    #1950966
    JacJac
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    Day 33 21/11/21

     

    • I read a chapter of Light and Colour on plein air. It covers similar ground to his other book – start with light and shade, colour the shadows in first, fill in the lights, then work in smaller and smaller shapes.
    • I watched an hour of Russian Drawing, the start of the first plaster cast drawing.
    • I completed a short still life session. I should probably work on simpler compositions, I keep finding myself quickly overwhelmed by still life subjects and then rushing. The main idea was to have cool lights from the north-facing window, and warmer shadows from the brown surface reflecting. I also worked a lot of the red apple / purple grapes into the plate – but I think I was more subtle than I needed to be, as they hardly show.

    • I got outside to attempt a plein air painting, but it was 5c on the mountains with a whipping wind, and I couldn’t hack it. I gave in after an hour. Who knows how Kyffin Williams managed it. Just as well, I didn’t really like the composition/subject I had chosen. It had obvious appeal when you’re there, but no variety to make it a good painting.

    • I did a drawing of a landscape from a reference photo of mine, which I might make a quick painting of tomorrow. The idea was just to get the composition down and the general values – which is tricky, because the values of the two trees are close to the background.  This is a familiar scene around where I live and would enjoy being able to depict the road-side trees.

     

    Practice Time: 5h

     

    #1957199
    JacJac
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    Day 34 22/11/21

    • I end up working on the landscape drawing above a little longer, pushing the values a bit darker.
    • I watched a bit more of the Russian Drawing course, but I want to complete a first mor asaro heads before moving onto the casts.
    • Then I blocked in the landscape before heading to bed. I like the composition, the road pulls you in so that the first tree dominates, with the second tree or distant road a second read. I think I’m going to go with some funky unrestrained colours too. I’ll finish it tomorrow.

     

    Practice Time: 1.5h

     

    #1960469
    JacJac
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    Day 35 23/11/21

     

    • I completed the landscape sketch I had started the day before. I thoroughly enjoyed working on it. I originally took the reference photo on an overcast day, with all the brilliant autumn colours totally washed out. So I thought I’d be less faithful to the reference and, instead, try to recall the short-lived luminosity that sweeps through the valley this time of year. I’ve also had Timkov on my mind (I’m trying to find a book with his paintings in) – which spurred me to be a bit bold and unnatural with some of the colour choices. Great fun.

    • I also got started drawing a small asaro head, I wanted to do a few before moving onto the next chapter in the Russian Drawing course. I’ll finish it tomorrow.

    Practice Time: 3h

    #1961922
    JacJac
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    Day 36 24/11/21

    • I read a chapter in Oil Painting with Light and Color about pochades. It’s definitely piqued my interest about painting a bit smaller and being more purposeful with each stroke. Might make the second half of the challenge a 50 pochade challenge. Thinking about it.
    • I completed two smaller sketches of the asaro head, keen to keep practising the exercises from the Russian drawing course… I’m finding it challenging to “analyse and interpret” vs just copying what you see.

     

    Practice Time: 3h

     

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