Sunday, November 23, 2008
Painting A Seascape...this is not Timoy - More free videos are here
Last week, I was searching for the printable t-shirts designs that were compiled in a box for quite sometime. As I scoured every page, my seascape painting that was done 4 years ago was unearthed. This was my first painting made since I was working in Mark David Export Services, Inc. (Hospitality Design Furniture company) and the first painting that was uploaded in my friendster and zorpia account as well.
Way back on college days, I have done a lot of paintings and lost due to negligence and misplacement. Every Architecture Week, for the sake of being different, my entries in the course of exhibit were watercolor paintings. Other paintings were gone. I just don’t know where did my brother have it after their school art display event(tsk tsk…sayang).
By now, am collecting and having my artwork framed as soon as Im done with it. This seascape painting measures 13”W x 9”H with frame.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This blog was stagnant for almost a year and was activated just recently. My hobby suggested to me set my blog going. Since my artworks keep on coming and so do with my blogging. Every free time in my work, I do some sketching to pen and ink. My subjects are those I often see in my hangouts (websites, blogs, friendster, photobucket and picasa web albums). Be my friend and I’ll draw you (kidding).
Sketching sharpens an artist's ability to focus and has often been a prescribed part of artistic development for students like me. I’m still learning and eager to learn more from pro’s tips and advice. It is more artistic to see some artworks done by hand or manually than by a computer. Sketches are inexpensive and allow the artist to try out different ideas and establish a composition before committing to an expensive and time-consuming painting. Usually, I do some sketching as a guide before applying watercolor on my paper.
Common instruments in sketching and drawing include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint. Each of these artworks only took less than an hour to finish. Am using faber- castell mechanical pencil 0.5, stabilo boss, mongol 1 and pilot G-TEC-C3 and C4 pens. Some of these can be seen in my friends’ blogs, monitor’s screensaver, friendster and other used their drawn face as an avatar or computer icon.
"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile, and it will do you a world of good." ~ Cennini, an Italian painter
Friday, November 7, 2008
Watching art exhibits and reading books about paintings somehow gave me an idea in getting some subjects which are unusual in formal photography. Taking some pictures and uploading it a computer won’t bother my decision of cropping images in what subject I wanna get. Since I got my own digicam, my hand never ceases in clicking its button just to take some photos especially during weekend although some were blurry and unlikable. I’m not pro into it. Shots were taken in different angles not once nor twice but many times in different mode so that I can select the best of it – best for watercolor painting.
Tonal values in painting matters a lot. I didn’t have any formal education in this kind of messy work. We once took some basic application in color mixing during our college days but not that much since architecture cater mainly in designing. Some artists who are not used in watercolor may find it hard than painting in oil or pastel. Water is an active and complex partner in the watercolor painting process, changing both the absorbency and shape of the paper when it is wet and the outlines and appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. Watercolor paints don’t have a high hiding power as oil and pastel, so the previous touch of the color can’t be painted over. Since paper is absorbent so the paints cannot simply be scraped off like oil paint from a canvas.
This painting which I entitled “Dump truck” 22”W x 18”H has been done and completed within 21 hours in 5 sessions since I can only paint after my days work. I used Prang watercolor and got only 3 brushes. Although nightime is not advisable because the illumination may affect the color I’ve applied, I finished it due to constraint of time . My subject, ruined by time, is still located beside the Hilongos Gymnasium and a few meters away from our Public Engineers Office (PEO). Some of the dump trucks or heavy equipments were purposely scrapped instead of keeping it rusted and only I can remember, those were my play structures during my childhood days.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This was done in a single night after work. A friend of mine requested me to paint an image of a laughing Jesus. No verse in the bible which tells us that Jesus laughed. His laughter wasn't recorded in the Gospel but I guess Jesus Christ got some time to laugh for He was a real, flesh-and-blood human being. This image has another side to it. This may connotes a laughter of hope and joy in the face of despair in spite of poverty and injustice suffered by poor people around the world. This image of Jesus speaks of hope that the chains of oppression will be broken and we will be free to become all what we are meant to be in God's grace.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh" (Luke 6:21).