Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January 2016, Growing in Your Art

Well it's a new year and a time to set new goals. One of the things I am learning is that we need to set goals in art as well. I have a goal of learning new techniques by studying the old masters that came before us. Studying an old master by copying or interpreting one of their paintings is like taking a private art lesson from that particular artist. Recently I studied a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough a famous British artist. I learned to use "soft lines" when painting a portrait. It helps to create depth. I also learned that line is an abstract idea and doesn't appear naturally in nature. I learned how to handle acrylic paint better as well. Below is my project of the painting "Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan" 1785.

Below is my 11" x 14" Acrylic version painted on a canvas panel. Underneath my version is The original hanging in the National Gallery in London. And finally I put a frame on my version in Photoshop. If you are interested in buying some of my art go to: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KenHarrisWatercolors?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Happy New Year!