Painting Planely

My sweet friend Miss Pam gave me her old cast iron kettle she had painted red.  I did a value study of it this morning trying to distinguish the planes created from a single light source.  This isn’t the first time I have ever done this but it has been a while and squinting my eyes for a long time isn’t good for crows feet.  Art or vanity.  What a choice.  (If you don’t know, squinting your eyes takes out extraneous details in your subject allowing you to see value.)

This lady is a puppet I found at a antique/junk store many years ago.  I don’t know anything about her but I am guessing she is Indonesian.  Anyone who knows better, let me know.  I did a value study of her in the same indigo as the kettle and then added color on top.  The doodle-ing is just for fun.  There is a new name for doodle-ing, it is called Zentangles.  Visit this website to see their newsletter.  They show you how to create pretty cool doodles, step by step.


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3 Responses to “Painting Planely”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    You know – and I know you do – another option is to take a picture and change it to B&W in photoshop!

  2. laurenfinley Says:

    but Jennifer, how will that train me to see??? I do play with images in photoshop all the time, it’s so much fun. I like to use the cutout filter and eliminate extraneous details that way too. That simplifies the image nicely for tapestry.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Oh you are right to help you learn! Sometimes I just like to use the tools I have anyway!

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