Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Not all Negative


Beach Souvenirs
Saunders Waterford Rough 28.5cm x 38cm
River Pebbles
Saunders Waterford Rough 300gsm 28.5cm x 28cm

This weeks class was all about creating something using negative painting. I showed them my recently painted works using shells and pebbles to demonstrate what we were trying to achieve.
Firstly we did a great little exercise using circles and 5 layers so that they could firstly get their heads around this funny notion of painting without actually painting the subject but around it. I explained that all painting has elements of positive and negative painting but we were going to paint a work that was negative work until the finishing step when some details could be added to the subject. They then chose from my prop collection of  various types of leaves, pebbles, and shells to start their unique work and took it home to complete. I am looking forward to seeing these next week.

Also by me this week - no little foxy tricks from this guy, just a pure watercolour.

Foxy
Watercolour on 300gsm Saunders Waterford Rough
28.5cm x 38cm


22 comments:

  1. Very nice results and the glow on the river pebbles is marvelous. And I'm thrilled about the intensity of the eye contact with your little fox.

    wish you a happy Wednesday.
    xo, isabella

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    1. Thank you Isabella, the eyes were really important

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  2. Love your fox Lorraine. You have a way with animals. Your negative painting lesson looks really fun and exciting. Great ideas for teaching!

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  3. Dear Lorraine your are a very precious teacher for your students!!!
    Your skill & talent as "animalier"painter always so remarkable.
    I wish you nice painting days.

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  4. I love both your negative paintings, Lorraine! And the fox is great!

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  5. Negative painting is so important...and these are both lovely. You students are lucky to have you as a teacher.

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    1. thanks Joan, we don't realise sometimes how much negative we actually do in a work

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  6. All fab paintings Lorraine. The shells and pebbles must have taken lots of patience. I have no doubt your students are learning loads from your talent.

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    1. thanks Laura, I find doing negative layers like this quite therapeutic. Simple subjects and just putting together like a jigsaw, well almost, just thought I cannot do them LOL

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  7. Great exercise for your students Lorraine, negative painting is a really good skill to learn and once they have mastered it their painting will improve!!

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    1. Mastering may take sometime Judith but to get your ahead around it is a great start

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  8. looks like you are having fun with your classes, Lorraine. Well done!

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  9. Great subject to work with, your paintings will serve as great examples for this fun exercise! Beautiful work on the fox.

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    1. thanks Celia, I do love painting animals

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  10. I really like that fox, such great colors and features, and a strong look in the eyes.

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  11. I find negative painting quite challenging and admire artists who use the technique. I love the work of Linda Kemp. Have you seen her work? Love the fox Lorraine.

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  12. Negative painting is so fun. Remember I did my "Tulip explosion" that way and it was a reall joy to paint it. But you have to change your whole way of thinking and it is difficult in the beginning. I have to do that more! Thanks for the inspiration Lorraine! Your paintings are all lovely!

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  13. What a good exercice! Don't know much about inegative painting...I might just try it too.
    I don't think I've ever seen a show of such lovely shells Lorraine. And that fox looks so real!... You're a busy bee Lorraine. :)

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