Below are my gesture paintings onto some pages of an old book. What was really fun was making some of them step out of the page. Someday I might do more of these with a more serious intention. You might try this too..it is an engaging way to "loosen up".
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Loosening up... sorta the Sovek way
One of my favorite author/painters is Charles Sovek. In his book Oil Painting: Develop your Natural Ability Sovek shows a section on painting gestures. He recommends you paint directly onto printed newspaper, for warm up. (I think the idea is that you'll loosen up without a care about the results). I was thinking about Sovek's gesture exercise and also influenced by my blogging friend, Susan Sanford (ArtSpark) who often illustrates onto something that already exists. Susan/ArtSpark usually transforms something that had been relegated to a life in a drawer..into something "new".