Friday, April 4, 2014

Another Month, Another Challenge - Off the Wall Friday

Cypresses, 1907  Andre Derain
With April, brings another challenge in this year's Masterclass.  This month Elizabeth gave us a set of instructions on what to draw - and then we were to see where it took us.

Femmes de cuisine, Andre Lhote, 1935
 Am I the only one that is afraid of the unknown?  I don't see adventure around every new corner - I see peril.

I like the familiar.

I like routine.

I like my own little box and why in the world does she keep pushing me out of it??


With my whining over, I did spend the day exploring our mystery design.  Its started with this in-depth study of Fauvism. Fauvism was the first of the avant-garde movements that flourished in France in the early years of the twentieth century. The Fauve painters were the first to break with Impressionism as well as with older, traditional methods of perception. Their spontaneous, often subjective response to nature was expressed in bold, undisguised brushstrokes and high-keyed, vibrant colors directly from the tube. Henri Matisse and Andre Derain are good examples of artists of the movement but you can see its influence in a lot of the work being done pre WWII.


I really could have gotten lost down that rabbit hole, but I had my own explorations to continue with.  I decided to follow her instructions using Paint - yes Paint the program that comes with your computer but nobody really uses.  Its user friendly and versatile.  Plus its perfect for value sketches.

After a bit of playing around I settled on one design.  Then I spent the next two hours playing with value.  OMG - its crazy how many combinations you can come up with!  From those I had to come up with the three I liked the best and hand them in.  Decisions, decisions. . . .and to tell you the truth - after working most of the day away on the project, I had totally lost my objectivity on what was good or bad or if this was really what Elizabeth was looking for when she sent us the instructions.

Did I mention I don't like the unknown?  Luckily E was kind  enough to email right back and said they were fine and I wouldn't have to redo them!!  I can't wait to see the critique - I have a palette already in mind for it!

 So what have you been up to creatively?


Anonymous said...

You made good use of the program, Paint. I like the idea of exploring color and value by computer, but I find I limit my design brainstorming to things I can do with the program, and that leaves a lot of ideas out in the cold.

The Inside Stori said...

Being a Mac person....EQ is not an option for me....seeing what you've done makes me want to get a PC and learn this EQ stuff!!!

Regina B Dunn said...

Interesting topic of yours this week. My art group is doing an exercise with value tomorrow. I'm planning to use Photoshop Elements for it instead of paper or fabric like everyone else. I'll probably use it for my blog post next week. Your value study is very good!

QuiltSwissy said...

I will have to look at that program. I have never thought of using it. And you made it look like I NEED to notice it!

Great job, you are really learning stuff.


Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

I haven't been up to squat. LOL At least not for myself! I have been working on dresses and customer quilts - though I did get up at midnight last night to work on an artsy quilt of sorts...who knows if I'll finish it. I stink at commitment. LOL! Looks like you are really pushing outside of the box for your class - very cool!!