Friday, August 30, 2013

Painting from photos

First Gold, 10 x 8 inches, acrylic on canvas

Most artist use photos as a tool for painting. A painter will sometimes grid out the photo and do a direct representation, or use the photo as a reference. 
 I have mixed feelings about using a photo; my gut feeling is the photo can be a crutch.  Painting to me is observing something and directly painting, or using my imagination and going from there.  Now having said that there are times I find a photo useful.  But, for a photo to be useful I still need to have seen with my own eyes what I plan to paint, or at the least pictured it in my mind before hand.

The Golden Shore, 10 x 8 inches, Acrylic on canvas
Golden Reeds, 12 x 16 inches, acrylic Sold

The paintings I am showing,The Golden Shore, and First Gold, and Golden Reeds, came from a couple good photos.  The location I am very familiar with so there is an image etched in my mind beyond the photo. 
  So, rule one know your subject well. 
 Also, the photo I have is a very good one.   
  Second rule; only use a good photo for reference.  A poor photo will often only help to create a poor painting.

Those are my thoughts on the subject, just wanted to share them with you.
Mary       Schiros_Art

The photos....

The Abstract Within

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thought I was done..

Thought it would be fun to share another oops. 
   Going to show two views of a painting I did today, thought  I was done, took a photo and noticed a big mistake.  
   The trick is I am not going to tell what the mistake was, want to see how quick you can notice.  Some times I can miss such obvious things when I am painting.  
    Any ways here are the photos, one is the real finished work, the other the oops.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evaluation of Art

    For some reason this seems to be the month I am taking time to evaluate many of my paintings.  Some paintings tend to linger longer than others in my studio, either because I don’t feel they are finished enough to show, or they just do not fit into shows that are currently going on.  A type of painting that tends to accumulate, are paintings of nudes.  The opportunity to show these paintings, do not come along often.  With that, this is one that I have had for awhile and decided it was time for it to go.  

The canvas has some interesting texture that I wanted to work with.  But the best way to over paint a painting is to turn it upside down so the old painting does not influence the new work.  
I turned the canvas upside down and spread roughly mixed white, magenta, and red over the canvas, letting some of the texture show thru.  I was in the mood for a red painting today.  Standing back and looking at the mix of white and red, my first impression was the rough outline of a vase, so I went with that idea.  

    I painted this with the idea of cutting the canvas down to a smaller size and stretching it.  Can not decide at this time what size it will be but letting it sit where I can view it for a few days should help me make up my mind.  The canvas is 18 x 18 inches, it may end up 14 x 14 ….maybe.

Just thought I would share what I have been up to.
    My next show will be at Health Park, Grand Blanc MI.  Setting it up Saturday August 24th, and will be up about 3 months.