Starting A New Abstract Painting

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A few weeks have passed since I completed my Hawaiian-themed painting and I am ready to start my next painting!   Although I don’t have a clear vision for this new painting, there are several things I have in mind.  Specifically, I plan to create bold contrast between lights and darks, use predominantly brown and neutral colors, and create large …

My Daughter Paints A Coconut!

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My last blog post discusses how I made my painting’s Heliconia flower more visually interesting by using different shades (also called values) of the colors red and yellow.  This post features my seven-year-old daughter, Lianna, who shows how you can employ this same technique for your own paintings. Lianna’s coconut demonstration is shown below. Draw A Coconut If you can draw a circle then …

That’s A Wrap!

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This blog post is the final episode of my five-month-long blog series about my Hawaiian-themed painting.  That’s because I am finished with my painting!     After my previous blog post, I added two red ginger flowers to the painting’s lower left area and “finished” the large yellowish-white flower in the middle of the painting.      My signed painting, …

Heliconia

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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

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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.  …