My goal in the "Painting From Photos" class
I'm teaching at NRAS this fall,
is to show how to dissect a complicated photo
into big shapes of light and dark.
The results are looser, more expressive paintings.
I introduced my favorite "limited stroke" exercise today
I did this demo in 21 strokes.
From this image.
The idea is to do a "map"
(Outlining only the big light and dark shapes)
Count the spaces.
Give yourself one stroke per space.
If you lift your brush it's a stroke!
From this photo.
Here are a few more done from
images the students brought in.
(or had on their I pads or phones)
This is 16 x 20!
Kate used a huge brush and lots of paint.
Marsha's Mid Century interior
Dawn's red cup
Mary Jo's apples
This exercise supports the idea that
if you have a strong composition with correct values,
you can then take a painting anywhere you want.
I find that so liberating.