Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Chestnut Crab Apples II"

"Chestnut Crab Apples II"
8 x 10 in 
Oil on Canvas Panel
I wanted to continue with these chestnut crab apples, I find them too adorable not to paint.  They have so much character due to their stem, they pose with a subtle hint of playfulness.  I also wanted to revisit big form modeling and stay true to the practice.  I find when I go back to what I was taught at the Angel Academy my understanding only improves to what I've learned so far.  
I started with the usual dry brush approach using no mediums and a bit of raw umber.  When the drawing is complete I stated the background and wooden base.  The colors I used for the background were naples yellow, cobalt blue and titanium white.  Then I filled in the wooden base by painting the fall of light from dark to light, I stated the general colors not worrying about putting in details at this stage.  The only thing I'm wanting to paint is the transition of values and keeping the edges soft.
Once the big form modeling is complete I state the smaller forms starting with the darker to middle values.  The colors I used were ivory black, raw umber and burnt sienna.  Then I stated the lighter values  with titanium white, yellow ochre, and naples yellow.  It's important to understand that the smaller forms would not work properly if the bigger form modeling wasn't done right.  Big form modeling is I believe more important than smaller form modeling, it creates the stage for the smaller forms to work with the overall values.  
Once the base is complete I start with the first chestnut crab apple and work on big form modeling.  I state the general colors while I'm doing big form modeling, again I'm not worried about adding the details just how the light and colors wrap around the form.  Once the big form modeling is complete I start with the smaller forms and state the darker to middle values first.  The colors I used were cad. yellow light, raw umber, ivory black, and cad.red light.
Then I state the lighter values with the smaller forms by using cad.yellow light, naples yellow and titanium white.  Once the first chestnut crab apple is complete I start on the second one and repeat the same process as I did with the first.  The colors I use are cad.red light, ivory black, raw umber and cad.yellow light.
Once the big form modeling is complete I start with the smaller forms.
Again repeating the process with the third crab apple after the second one is complete, I'm also using the same colors.
Once the third crab apple is complete I state the stems all at the same time.  When doing this I can see the painting come together and also how much more character it gives the crab apples.  I'm really glad I went back and worked on big and smaller form modeling.  Sometimes I forget how important it is, it's always good to just slow down and evaluate what's working for you'r painting and what isn't.  I find more success in trying to achieve what I want to paint when following this process.  I hope you enjoyed this painting, thanks for stopping and viewing. 


Judy P. said...

Big form modeling- I'm always having to remind myself about that, and not go too quickly into the little bits of detail!

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful, Jonathan....I do enjoy reading your commentary and learning how you see your own work progress. Such a wonderful blog.