Pretty sweet paintings. Thanks for sharing! The first one of the woman with the red hair is fantastically modeled. Very Nelson Shanks-esque! one piece of advice... SLOW DOWNNNNN you sometimes have too many colour relationships to make sense of. i can tell that you were excited to see the colours within the colours within the colours, and you clearly want to show us that (which is great) but try slowing down and making sense of it. You can be showy and complex with your colours, but have some type of simplified hierarchy.
How long have you been painting? I think these are terrific! Quick studies are not easy. You show an awareness of structure and the use of color to express form...and, most important, I can feel you, your sensibility and your eye behind the work.
Maxine Schacker- Thanks for the kind words. I painted with acrylic for about 10 years, and than made the switch to oils about 2 years ago. I've been mostly focused on doing these quick sketches from life. I'm trying to develop as an artist and I find painting from life is the best way to do that. Thanks again.
Last edited by mattlinz; September 14th, 2009 at 09:55 PM.
"Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
Agostinuke- Thanks. The art groups that I paint and draw at only have short poses. Most of the poses are between an hour to an hour and a half long. That's part of the reason I have to try and get what I am seeing down so quickly. Hopefully some day I will be able to work on a long pose and get something a bit more finished. But for now I'm enjoying the quick sketches. Thanks for the comment.
Last edited by mattlinz; September 15th, 2009 at 06:13 PM.
Matt - some really nice head studies for sure!!!! the oils seem to agree with you! I've been painting for about 1.5 years now so I have a long way to go but am working hard at it myself.. - you can't go wrong with fechin master copies!!!
Kevin- I'm glad to hear you like the sketches! I'm amazed you only have 1.5 years of painting under your belt. You have a great foundation started! I too feel like I have a long way to go with my art. But I'm enjoying the journey!