I've always loved "back-to-school" time. Always (not just when my kids were going). Call me crazy, but I find the ritual of preparation exciting.
Not so coincidentally the background for this September still life is an unfolded paper bag - like we used to cover textbooks "back in the day." The final painting may not include paper bag creases, but it's making me smile as I prepare for the painting.
This set-up took forever. I tweaked the book placement many times, tried many different objects before settling on the horn rims and the magnifying glass.
The drawing: well, suffice it to say that perspective and fore-shortening are challenging and after a day of drawing... I re-drew most of it!
And then it's time to paint... in miniature! A small poster study gets the basic information in place. This step helps to see how the colors and shapes relate. It's 4x6" and took about 4 hours. So now I have a sweet little study of the painting-to-be!
|"Creative Study" 8x10" ©2012 Dorothy Lorenze|
The final painting is not done yet, well, it's not even begun. So here's another small painting with that back-to-school feel.
Live and learn? or is it: learn and live? Either way: "back to school!" I'm all for it.
Thanks for joining my artistic journey.