Small Shape Demo

 These Little Paintings are Each About 2.5" X 4"
This week in class I handed out very small black and white images of simple building shapes  -  houses, sheds, and barns. The assignment was to choose one of the shapes and put it in a very simple setting.  First we did a very light shape in a very dark setting, and then a very dark shape in a light setting.  The challenge is to have enough contrast without the shape looking pasted on.

The third part of the exercise was to do the whole painting in a middle value, and then do some very simple contrasts to bring out the focal point.  We didn't really have enough time to do it justice, but we'll work on that next week when we get into composing some "serious" paintings.

The idea of these very small paintings was to do them in a "brainstorming" mindset  -  not worrying about what was right or wrong, but just doing it, and seeing what worked and what didn't.  If we work out our compositions in a very small format, and they take up very little time or space, it is easy to move on.

As so often happens to me in the fall, I have a million things on my mind that I want to spend some time on  -  painting, writing, blogging, journaling, cooking  .  .  . and the list goes on.  Do I give one thing at a time my undivided attention, or do I do a little of everything?

We've had some cold rain, sleet, and day-time temperatures in the 40s.  It's time to settle in for the winter (!) and start on some of those things on my list.  What's on your list?


Vicki Holdwick said...

Love the light on dark and dark on light assignments, Catherine.

On my list is homemade soup and pumpkin bread.


Catherine said...

Everyone seemed to have fun with the assignment. Homemade soup and pumpkin bread sound perfect right about now!

Sherry Schmidt said...

Hi Catherine! I'm so happy I found your blog. Love your paintings and tips too!

Catherine said...

Sherry, thanks! I'm so happy I found your blog too - beautiful!