Churning Inspirations

 A few months ago a student told me about Antoine Vollon's Mound of Butter painting. I think this 19th century French Realist must have been way ahead of the 'painting a day' movement. When you see his work you can't help but appreciate the subtle changes of color, controlled brushwork, and interesting subject matter. Stokes so rich it has got to be painted Alla Prima.

In my speed studies class we work on quick impressions. Each week we focus on new topics to broaden our painting scope and help build brush confidence. This week Vollon would have been proud. Part of the speed studies process as an artist is to paint new subjects, becoming familiar with everything. Food was the topic of conversation today and it included a stick of butter and cracked egg. 

Hmmm... can't believe its....

Stick of Butter - Oil on Canvas - 5x7 - ©2014

Stick of Butter - Oil on Canvas - 5x7 - ©2014

How do your want you eggs?

Cracked Open - Oil on Canvas - 6x8 - ©2014

Cracked Open - Oil on Canvas - 6x8 - ©2014

Speed Studies Underway

We're into it now - three weeks down and three to go. My students are working hard and learning a lot! Last week we focussed on out tools and materials. Quick studies encourages growth and familiarity through repetition, students used new brushes and tools to become more comfortable with them. They also painted on new surfaces which included linen, panels, black gesso boards, oil paper, ceramics, glass, and fabric. Not only did the students learn from the process, but from their peers as well. 

Watch it Grow

Speed Studies is a great for many reasons! A couple, is testing out new styles (expressive painting) and exploring color. Watch the painting grow in the slideshow below and final product at the bottom!

Here I set up a still life in a analogous color scheme. I picked colors in the red family and then added a few elements of it's opposite, green. This is a great exercise to create mood and harmony in a painting. I kept things very loose until the end. This allowed me to keep edges soft creating a lost and found approach to the edges. Lots of layers of color were added while I shifted colors to create harmony in the piece. 

Mum's The Word - Oil on Canvas- 11x14 - $500.00

Mum's The Word - Oil on Canvas- 11x14 - $500.00