In our first exercise we were to use photos of different subjects and a viewfinder to find an abstract area in the photo to paint. I picked a cityscape. My first two paintings were very tight and not really very much fun. See below- Also they curled after I untaped them, hence the curved looking lines! They were done on UArt pastel paper that had a sanded surface for pastels. I drew the design in charcoal and then added a light , medium and dark value of soft pastel.
Then I began to loosen up.
Below is one of my abstracts that "passed muster" with Debora. It has a really good dark value to anchor it.
I did about 10 paintings in the three days, and about two were considered successful. As a representational artist, I will be able to have an abstract background and then put my representational painting over it in a more relaxed version. So for me a really great experience to learn about shapes and colors in their own right.
I am posting this to Paint Party Friday.