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Showing posts from February, 2012

Morning Light

iPad painting

Back to the iPad today. This one came straight out of my head, no reference photo. I used to see this scene every day on my drive into work and it more or less became etched onto my "mind's eye".
I actually did a sketch about six months ago and today I took the sketch and transferred it onto the iPad using some of the methods I have described over the past few days.

Somewhere on I90 ACEO

2.5"x3.5" Acrylic on paper

I love American highways. It may be very unpatriotic of me, but I would rather drive in the States than in Canada any day. For some reason the self-effacing good manners, for which Canadians are so famous, seem to go straight out the window as soon as we get behind a steering wheel. We drive too fast, we tailgate and we pass on whichever side we want. In comparison American drivers are models of good behaviour.
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Another January Sky

3.5" X 2.5" acrylic on paper ACEO

I went at this a different way this time. I took an old photo, messed around with it in Brushes with much the same method that I used yesterday by painting on a new layer so that nothing remains of the original photo. Then I used that as the source for my painting.

I am trying to get as far away from the photographic reference as possible, without having to rely entirely on my memory and imagination, something that I am not very good at.

Ultimately I would like to do a series of these sky paintings in a slightly larger scale than my usual 5x7. I would like to create a slightly more abstract effect also, while remaining true to the mood and palette of the original. The colors look a bit off here, but that is largely due to a poor scan.

More fun with the iPad

I have been laid up for a few days for reasons that I won't go into, so I have been playing with the Brushes program on the iPad.
This time I took a watercolour sketch that I did some time ago and again used layers. First I used a layer to trace the basic outlines, then I created a new layer to paint on. I went back to the original sketch and used the eye-dropper to find and save about six dominant colours.
I changed the transparency of the original layer and the paint layer so that I could trace through, while leaving the outline layer on top to serve as a guideline. I find that the trickiest part is remembering which layer I am painting on.
I am really not sure how useful this exercise is, beyond just having fun. It does help me to learn the program and allows me to define the "notan" for a future, larger painting that I may do. It also has the advantage of being easy to undertake while sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself. It certainly isn't any quicker than …

Sunset East-West line #2

IPad painting

I took yesterday's little painting and traced it in Brushes on a new layer. Then I deleted the painted layer and continued in Brushes. Variation apon variation.

Sunset on East-West line

2.5"X3.5" Acrylic on paper ATC.

Driving home from Niagara-on-the-Lake to St. Catharines at around 5:00 on February evening, this is what you will see.

The image that I used is from a previous year, we hardly have any snow this year.


More fun with the iPad

Girl on Television

Moleskine sketch

A bit short of subjects today.