Saturday, February 13, 2010

A face cast ...in 4 values

Someone in our art discussion group told us that she had to take art classes in order to make art...because her house was completely taken over by her family. There was no dedicated place in her home for her work. She would work on occasion at the dining room table...but she would have to pick it all up when it was time for dinner.
Everyone who has a deep interest in making visual art should have a place to do it and, even better, a "portable" drawing or painting gear for use wherever they want. Today I set up my pochade box next to the planar face cast that I've got hung up in the front room. I had to work quickly to paint him..because the light changed fast at the end of the day. My aim was to try to get him down in 4 values (it didn't matter to me what colors). I know this may look like a boring exercise to some..but I found the challenge quite engaging. I recommend painting from a cast! I hope to get a few more in the future..possibly some hands.
I like to work in both my basement studio and also wherever in the house I want (with my "mobile" painting set up). Where do you work? Do you ever give yourself challenges...just like you may have if you were in an academic setting?


14 comments:

Honor Martinez said...

My husband at this moment is creating a pochade box for me. I hope to be more portable in th enear future. I belong to a local art guild and am going to borrow some cast just to challenge myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

hwfarber said...

I've never tried painting from a cast--it looks interesting.

When I began sculpting (in wood) forty-some years ago I worked in the kitchen and kept an eye on my toddlers--not easy. I have a separate workshop/studio now but I still have paint and drawing supplies all through the house. Your friend needs a "room of her own."

ArtSparker said...

A little voyage of exploration keeps one alert, for sure.

lilasvb said...

i dont have a space for art, i am going with a clothe bag and boxes and i do art everywhere, no matter the space, mots of time i am sitting on a mat, on the floor
i like your face!

Sheila said...

You're so fortunate to have so many options! I've never painted a face or other body part cast. You again inspired me to try something new!

-Don said...

That cast is COOL! And, your painting of it is right up my alley.

I've taken over the bottom floor of our house. The family room is my studio. The kitchen table is where my Mac resides. The downstairs bedroom is an office with our PC and all my art books. The walls throughout the house are covered in my masks and my paintings. As you can tell, my family is very supportive of what I do.

Challenges? Oh yeah! Gotta' keep it fun!

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

What a beautiful job you have done with this painting, Celeste. I love hearing that you give yourself little challenges such as these. I think everything I do becomes a challenge as I do it with limited skill and lots of angst. Many times the biggest challenge is in keeping myself from throwing my hands up and quitting. I've been dabbling in drawing and painting for many years and just really haven't progressed much. Fortunately the heart keeps me going and motivated (and always has when it comes to art). I love the "distressed" look you've got on the edges of each of the facial planes of this mask. There is something a bit symbolic to me about that...

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Celeste
I find your latest excercise very interesting. Something which I would be scared of trying I think. Your mobile easel looks very prctical too.
Thank you for calling to my blog. I hope you will allow me to follow your very interesting blog.
Regards

Kathy said...

I think that the space an artist works in definitely affects the work that's produced. Although I've tried painting in the great out-of-doors, it ain't my thing! So, I primarily work in my studios in New York and Maine. Those spaces were carefully constructed to accommodate the way I work. When I travel, I just use a portable system and paint wherever I happen to be (usually idoors), but these pieces are rarely finished works. Just visual notes. I admire your approach. You work well anywhere! Happy Valentine's Day!

Manon Doyle said...

The cast painting looks pretty cool!

I have a studio space in my house but I have supplies all over! lol

Have a great day!!!

PAMO said...

I always enjoy the wonderful journeys you take us on in your painting life! This does look like a marvelous exercise. I couldn't agree more about having a space to create. And sometimes you just have to bull in and make your own. It can be tough- but well worth it. Thanks again for all the inspiration!!

billspaintingmn said...

Celeste! Your love for the arts is
so encouraging.
You have inspired me in many ways.
I have "spots" all over the house
where I do art, also in the garage!
The back yard too! Then there is my studio, my truck, at a friends house.
I do it everywhere I go! Sometimes in my sleep!
I think there's even a spot in my head where I go too!
With all this, I have not done all that there is..
I need to callenge myself more.
So I will follow your lead and do
a face cast! Maybe in 4 values!
Thank you for your posts on art!
Have a beautiful day!

billspaintingmn said...

Oh, and Celeste.. Happy Valentines
Day!!

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I have a fun challenge that I do.
Go Plein-Aire painting and purposely leave all the greens at home!!
Then I did this one by accident, I showed up on the site, 10 miles from home, without my brushes, Damn! What do I do now? So I cut twigs off a tree and ravor cut one end, to something hairy looking. Totally liberating!
DAN