Monday, February 2, 2015

I Have De-Boned the Duck

Day 30

After Toulouse-Lautrec

I am sure many of you have seen the movie Julie & Julia in which the character, Julie keeps putting off the intimidating recipe where she has to de-bone a duck.  My husband said at the beginning of this challenge of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, that it reminded him of that scene in the movie.

So my friends, I have completed the challenge with Painting #30 today.

Like Julie says in the move, one must be fearless - No Fear!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Make up for Day 29

Day 29

30 Paintings in 30 Days

After Fairfield Porter

I was first introduced to Fairfield Porter's style by Tim Horn. This style of portraiture is often referred to as a "mudhead".  The first time I heard that term was at a Peggi Kroll-Roberts workshop.  Here is Henshe's definition:

               "A model, often one of the local Portuguese fisherman’s children, posed on the beach, sitting on a barrel with their back to the sun.  The students positioned their easels facing the shadow side of the model.  Hawthorne instructed them to paint this dramatic silhouette against the blaze of light on the beach, the water, and emanating from the sky.  By having his students paint with a large, unwieldy putty knife, it forced them to concentrate on the large shapes of color, rather than outlines around the shapes, the way one might do when painting with a brush.  The quality of a study was judged by the effectiveness with which the light was suggested by these simple shapes of color.  The resulting mud-like color of the face in shadow gave rise to the studies' nickname, "mud head"."

One more to go!
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