Take a laid-back ap­proach to art

Peter Po­lach does his “re­lax­ing jazz thing”.

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Diana, be­fore I knew she was the Ro­man god­dess of the hunt, started as a sim­ple prac­tice por­trait piece. I had no ma­jor plans for the art­work and no clear vi­sion of the end re­sult. In­deed, apart from the fun I knew I’d have paint­ing, I had no rea­son to cre­ate it.

A reg­u­lar face study pro­vided some ground rules – an an­chor in real life for what I knew would even­tu­ally be­come a fan­tasy piece. What I re­ally like about dig­i­tal paint­ing is that the can­vas isn’t strictly de­fined and an artist can take a paint­ing in what­ever di­rec­tion feels right, wast­ing noth­ing but time. Al­though it’s all good prac­tice in the end.

I can’t stress enough that to do this re­lax­ing jazz thing on the can­vas, one has to be fa­mil­iar with the rules of com­po­si­tion, light­ning and colours, and al­ways keep them in mind. After all, a mu­si­cian fol­lows a har­monic pro­gres­sion and knows the lim­its of their in­stru­ment, even when im­pro­vis­ing. Oth­er­wise they’ll pro­duce an un­pleas­ant ca­coph­ony.

As my brush strokes started to ac­cu­mu­late on the can­vas, I car­ried out some quick re­search and added some spe­cific items that sup­port the emerg­ing mytho­log­i­cal theme more ac­cu­rately.

So, as pre­dicted, I had my fun with the pic­ture. I later up­loaded it to my on­line port­fo­lio to help sat­isfy my crav­ing for pub­lic at­ten­tion. The im­age then got picked up for a card game, which just goes to show that post­ing per­sonal work on­line is well worth do­ing – you never know who will come a-knock­ing…

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