Break it Down

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -

We have many el­e­ments avail­able to us to bring into

paint­ings. How do we paint them is the eter­nal ques­tion? Di­rect ob­ser­va­tion is the pri­mary source but it’s darn hard to re­mem­ber ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing since there is sim­ply too much go­ing on. To break it down is very, very hard. My an­swer is pho­to­graphs with ob­ser­va­tion. For some rea­son the brain might not be able to process all the de­tail but it does seem to ab­sorb the broad con­tent suf­fi­cient enough to give you a fly­ing start to de-en­gi­neer some­thing.

To the naked eye a pho­to­graph is an

ev­ery­day item looked at from a foot or so away. There is much more es­pe­cially with the mag­ni­fier hang­ing over it with full sun­light spilling across the im­age. I go into the sun and look very hard and nine times out of 10 I’ll get enough in­for­ma­tion to not just work out what’s go­ing on, but how it hap­pens, and how then to paint it. It’s very sim­ple re­ally. The key is the mag­ni­fier, sun­light and com­mon sense!

Rock shelf and wa­ter as seen through the mag­ni­fier, good enough to do this.

And this sec­tion tells me enough to do more bro­ken wa­ter ef­fects.

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