Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Old Western Oil Painting

This is the "International Artist" magazine I used for inspiration in my painting.  The subscription was a gift.  Despite the fact that I don't usually paint in this style I was hoping to learn from it.  The step by step interview with the artist was cool.

There is no comparison between my painting and the original painting but I was proud of my effort.  The process really made me appreciate his approach.

Step 1:  The underpainting

Step 2: I added the darks.  Concentrating on "glazing" which the is technique of using thin layers of oil paint. The more layers that are added the richer the color.  Otherwise it ends up being too muddy.

Step 3: The landscape is starting to take shape.

Step 4:  Working from left to right.

Step 5: Darker Sky 

Step 6: Finished.  Merry Christmas Gramps!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Art Club Update: A Sample of Tuesdays After School

My First Art Club assignment was to create centerpieces for the North Providence Holiday Ball.  We cut cardboard into triangles, used masking tape to create a pyramid shape and then paper mached them.  The faded color from top to bottom was my favorite part.

My second art club assignment was to cut up a 8'x10" photo from the National Geographic website into one inch squares.  I then cut A 24"X30" piece of white paper  into three inch squares.  I numbered both sets and handed them out at random.  The students are using pencil to replicate the image they receive onto the paper.  And now they are slowly piecing together the image.
They are excited to see what emerges.

A new idea for a bulliten board.  Students get a "shout out" for good behavior, accomplishments etc.