A painting in one sitting in the “Dead” color palette was the assignment in class this week. We chose a Manet which had been painted in just a few hours and were suppose to do the same. I chose this image because I was drawn to the triangle shape and the pink-navy-gold color scheme.
Sometimes known as Tenebrism or “chiaruscuro” or “coming through,” the assignment this week was to create a painting using dramatic lighting. I challenged myself to only use Mars Black.
I call him Santiago.
Last spring I took this photograph of a mushroom that looked liked an octopus. I wanted to try an oval canvas and felt this was the right image to try. I call him Octoshroom.
The old masters technique of first creating an underpainting in black and white was our assignment. El Burro felt appropriate.
In 2019, I had the opportunity to design a garden at Area 25 in Malawi. I took a picture of my volunteers who wanted to learn about xeriscaping. I have been looking forward to painting this since I started painting last fall.