As per the last post, I’m putting up the multi demo panel that shows stylistic variations. Using one canvas, in this case a 16×16 square, I’ve divided into 4 smaller panels to do studies on and show how you can push one or more aspects of style in a painting. In this case, starting in the upper left corner and going clockwise, are 4 different approaches to painting. The upper left panel is what I call paint like a russian (see the “must see site” link to right) which is high-chroma, broadly painted with some drawing and color distortion. To the right is the same scene with a more mid value, mid chroma and some softer edges. Lower right is high-key, high-chroma, note on note and lower left is my usual way… because most everyone wants to know how to paint a palm tree as they are most sorely vexing.
Now the original idea here was to paint the same scene 4 times in 4 different ways, moving as fast as possible from one quadrant to the next. But we all have ADD and after a while I say, just paint what you want but try to push something. When I painted the high-chroma, high-key panel, I learned something about color, something that might just solve a problem I’ve been having with my color mixing. Next time I will hold the students to the 4 panel same scene in one day paint fast thing. We learn things when we stretch and push a bit.