Heliconia

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

My last blog post shows how I extended the guitar’s neck across the top-right side of my painting.  This post discusses why I added Heliconia (also referred to as “lobster claws” and “parrot flowers”) to further improve my painting’s right side.  As shown below, even after the addition of a guitar neck, my painting’s right side needed more interesting shapes and brighter colors. …

Problems With My Right Side

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My last blog post reveals how one of Henri Matisse’s paintings inspired the green tropical leaf I added to the bottom of my painting, shown below.  This post discusses how I dealt with the right side of my painting which needed some artistic attention. The right one-third of this painting not only lacked interesting shapes, patterns, and negative spaces as compared …

Oh Dear, What Have I Done?!!!

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Just as I had turned a positive corner with my painting, I made a mistake so bad that I needed Aniko, my art teacher, to come to my house to save it from ruin.  Fortunately, not only did Aniko help me solve the problem, but she taught me a lesson about color value which I found so interesting and important that I decided to dedicate this blog post …

On My Own, Sort Of, Part Due

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This blog post is a continuation of my previous blog post titled “On My Own, Sort Of” and describes some of the problems I encountered and valuable lessons I learned as I forged ahead to complete my Hawaiian-themed painting.    As discussed in my last post, my art teacher, Aniko, agreed to help me with my painting after our art class had ended.  Using Photoshop, she edited …

On my Own, Sort Of

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

My last blog post provided pictures of my Hawaiian-themed painting at the end of each of six art classes (the sixth class was the final class).  This blog post provides a glimpse into my psyche and describes how I set out to complete the painting on my own (that is, now that my art class had ended, and I was …

Week By Week Look At Painting Through Art Class

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This blog post provides a week by week look at my progress (or lack thereof) over my 6 week art class.  Although I had already selected my colors and painted a composition on a smaller scale on paper before the art class had begun (for planning), I did not foresee the myriad of “problems” I would encounter while executing the painting during art class.  By the end of my final session of …

Creating A Prototype

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My previous blog post offers a tip to simplify selecting colors and buying paint. This post describes how working out a painting’s details on a small scale can help reduce time spent painting a large canvas and the costs associated with using unnecessary paint. To create a prototype (I actually created two), I took a picture of my composition and printed several copies from my home computer printer.  …

Looking Outside for Color Inspiration

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My previous blog post describes how I moved from concept to composition, offering a framework others can follow when unsure how to carry out their own artistic ideas.  This post describes how nature photographs informed my color choices and, more importantly, offers a tip to save time and reduce stress when choosing colors and buying paint. Because art stores offer an …

Moving From Concept To Composition

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Although, as discussed in my previous blog post, selecting Hawaii as the concept behind my painting was an important accomplishment, significant work remained to execute the idea.  This post describes my next steps, including performing research and composing sketches into a composition.  More importantly, this post also offers a framework others can use when unsure how to carry out their …