Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tippette #27 - Monochromatic Paintings

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Monochromatic Paintings

I've touched on the fact that a strong painting is based on strong values.  (You may read that post HERE.)  In recent years, I questioned whether I relied on color too much.  Could I really see values at all?  Once I get a thought into my head, it won't leave me alone till I do something about it.  I decided to do a MONOCHROMATIC painting (which means using various shades of the same color).  That one led to others that I've since successfully painted.  I'll admit that it does make you think more when you're painting.  

Self-Portrait with my Izzy
This was painted on hot pressed paper which allowed me to lift out color very easily.

I'm only so-so happy with this one.  But it was my first attempt.
Each of these paintings measures 60" x 20".
They were actually done with acrylic ink, which I watered down.
They're painted on canvas and are varnished.
Because they're acrylic and not watercolor, I couldn't lift out my highlights and the planning stage was crucial.
The same paintings could have been done with watercolors on paper.

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