So, I'm putting up just two of the paintings I've done in my color theory class this semester, the second of which I painted just today.
Now, it's no secret that I love all things underwater, so I started my paintings by going through some pictures that I had of different underwater scenes. For this first painting, I knew I'd found the perfect piece the second I'd seen the inspiration photo. The mixture of the white feathers and the bubbles with the composition of the bird catching the fish seemed like the perfect choice for this painting.
This was for my "Monochromatic and Achromatic" assignment. The hues are all created with blue, orange, white, and black. The idea was to create achromatic colors - the neutrals/browns - with different mixes of these four colors and different levels of monochromatic blues. I think it's amazing just how these four colors could combine so easily into this composition.
To finish it off, I mixed some GAC-100 with my paint to use the paint as a glaze. The glaze smoothed out a lot of the transitions in color and contributed to the way the painting flows in the water and adding depth to the rocks.
I chose one of the two most fascinating tiny animals underwater: a feather duster worm! These little guys burrow into coral, shells, and just about any natural surface underwater. These will poke out the "duster" portion, and when touched, these quickly burrow back inside the tube these have created.
There is also a cute little shrimp in there just hanging out under the rock.
While I'm still relatively new to painting, I'm really excited about the strides I've made so far and the experimenting that I've been able to do so far in my assignments. The class structure has definitely made me think outside the box, and I love the barriers I've been able to break - both with my own creativity and with my skill level.
I"m definitely happy that I could add this to my creative repertoire, so feel free to contact me if there is anything you'd want painted!
- Katie Swanson