In progress Surrealist Attempt

The third project in my painting class is a surrealist painting… it’s been interesting, because we had to pick an artist to study, and I picked relatively opaque artist Leonora Carrington, whose artwork has a very dreamlike quality. She was the companion of Max Ernst for a while, but, after he was captured by the Nazis, she became dangerously depressed while nearly alone in France, eventually being committed to and eventually escaping from an asylum where she was experimented on in the typically grotesque fashion of early 20th century psychology. She travelled to Mexico, and lived there producing paintings, drawing and sculpture all the way until her death in 2011. She was the last of the living Surrealist painters, and was sadly neglected in most literature surrounding the movement.

The painting I am working on trying to emulate her style:

Conflict of the Senate
Acrylic on canvas, 2016, work in progress

So much more work to do, but we only have one more session to complete the painting, so I’m deciding on what details to embellish or add.

I’ll post the finished image after it is varnished and framed.

Here’s a link to the Wikipedia article on Leonora Carrington; she is worth a look!

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Color Theory Project 2

Project: Monochrome Painting

Criteria: Clean border, single color with black and white, highlight and shadow, gouache with water on cold press illustration board.

Color Theory Project 2
Color Theory Project 2

Based on Christian Coigny’s photo titled ‘Modesty’

After several painting projects in the few art classes I’ve taken, collectively about eight or nine paintings, I really wanted to pick a simple, clean human form. We were directed to use a single color, along with black and white, and after I had picked my picture, I decided on a warm yellow ochre. We were painting on Crescent illustration board, and after I had painted on it, I realized that the stock provided at both the local art store and the school bookstore was of the ‘university quality’, which, according to Crescent, is not recommended for the majority of wet media. Unsurprisingly, the board warped under the initial washes for the background, as I was still experimenting with gouache’s capability for color spreading. I had too little time to begin again, however, and it doesn’t detract from the work too much.

This was my first human figure painting in any medium, although I was concurrently working on a impressionism style landscape with a figure, and I found the proportions difficult to acheive at first, even after sketching it out with a grid. However, after some prompting from my professor, it seemed to come together. The hair was the last part I painted; I didn’t want it to stand out, so I under emphasized the highlights that were present in the photo. I consider this painting a moderate success, at least by the criteria set forth for the project.