Reference Photo

How Everyone Sees Things Differently

The above is the reference photo we were all working from, it is amazing how everyone came up with a different view of how to interpret the reference photo. The same basic tonal evaluation was used to begin the painting and then glazing was applied – wow – just look at the different way everyone saw the daisies in the basket with the flowers !

Lesley

Lesley

Brenda

Brenda

Ann

Ann

Marg

Marg

When Do You Call Yourself An Artist?

I was reading one of those art magazines and I came across the letters to the editor page.  There was a mother who by her own admission dabbles with paints, she was explaining that she had received a letter from an organisation addressed to the artist. Her daughter had spent many years earning a degree in fine art and the woman felt that she deserved to be called an artist, where the mum thought that it was inappropriate for herself to be called one.
So …. when do you call yourself an artist ?
When you earn your living from your work ?  Few artists ever do.
When you teach or tutor ?  There is an old adage – those who can’t – teach.
Do you have a day job to support your ‘real’ career ?
When you study and have letters after your name ?
For many years I simply called myself a sculptor and painter, sometimes I had to explain – no, not a house painter….  part of me was nearly embarassed to call myself an artist.  When you do call yourself an artist you will often see a disbelieving look on that person’s face or a look of awe.  I mean really, it’s only a job after all.

The Fear of Glazing

I recently met a gentleman, who now he has the time to paint and follow his heart and has been taking lessons (not with me!) .  He was talking about a painting he had been working on, where he was trying to differentiate the tonal values of a wall where the sunlight was falling on one part and the rest was in shadow.
I suggested to him that glazing would be the perfect way to simply change the tonal value of the shadow to appear darker without changing the wall, which had taken him a paintstakingly long time to depict.   He was terrorised !!!!
There is absolutely nothing intimidating about glazing …… it is simply the perception of it.  Glazing is probably the easiest of all techniques to master – it simply takes time and patience.
Glazing, put simply, is the building of layers of transparent or semi-transparent colour over dry underlayers.  It is a lengthy process if using oils, but the results are uncomparable.  It is the way the light shines through the layers of paint that gives glazing its amazing effects.
Many of the old masters used glazing : Rembrandt, Titian and Ruebens – to name a few.  Then of course you have Picasso – yes, even he used glazing in his famous work Guernica!