I finally have determined my style but I don't know what to call it; Flat Painting?
While re- reading my art magazines I came upon an article interviewing Polly Hammett and liked what I read. Next I U Tubed her and liked what I saw.
Polly has a loose, simplified but dramatic style as she paints the human figure. I have found an artist that I emulate so that will be my starting point. All of her techniques check off my boxes and all this time I have been trying to stick the proverbial round peg into the square hole.
The next logical step is to order a book or DVD of hers to learn from. I may have missed it but I did not find a book but I did find her DVD Design with the Figure which I have played about five times while taking notes.
Let me try to review the Five Step process that Polly uses:
|Photo: Laurel on the beach.|
Polly uses live models that she sketches from and takes photos of. I am using my grand daughter as my model.
|My value study.|
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Adding pattern to add interest.
Polly places wax paper over the painting cutting out the areas she wants to stamp a design for interest and contrast. Add a thick layer of paint onto the stamp and place over background dark areas. It should be a different color but within the same value and color temperature.
Step 4. Glazing
This took me totally by surprise! Polly glazes over the whole painting with a watered down blue, green, yellow or even an Opera. It unifies the painting but I sort of liked it before the glazing. One swipe of the paint brush or all the colors with dissolve and you have mud.
I never got to step 5, the fun part.
And so I will try again maybe using different surfaces such as watercolor paper or vellum (on order) also acrylic paints might work better for me.