Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Keeping Things Simple


Since attending the Long Island workshop in July, I've been trying to present my work in a more simple fashion.  Size, media and subject matter have been put together to make it easier for the viewer to understand the finished product.  It's also been easier for me to complete a work the same day it was conceived and started.
 My current work has been entirely 8x10" allowing multiple work on one sheet of Arches oil paper, Strathmore charcoal paper and newsprint.  All of these pieces were completed in less than three hours.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Premier Coup / First Strike

Since returning from a three day workshop espousing the merits of Premier Coup, I've been trying to follow the advice provided by Duane Keiser, i.e.:
"Premier coup painting refers to a method by which the artist applies each stroke of paint to the canvas with the intention of letting it stand in the picture as part of the final statement. There is to be no retouching or overpainting after the first layer of paint has dried."
I've been holding to the general principles but I feel I'm still too fussy.  I continue to hold back and not allow the spontaneity of the moment to take over.  I'm better than before but I have to work at. 

As a respite from the oil painting, I've returned to charcoal and chalk.  The spontaneity is there with the charcoal; I find I'm more bold.
An interesting sidelight; my meager followers are taken with the charcoal work, which I find easier to set up, implement and clean up.  The downside is the difficulty or hassle saving charcoal work for display.

If you have an opinion, I'd like to read it.  Thanks