After another hiatus from the forum..I can finally say I am back.
Progress on oil paintings (as mentioned before) has been quite slow...I have been focusing on draftsmanship instead of painting.
But now I will be painting in oils and watercolor/gouache fairly regularly...so expect frequent updates from now!(not that it matters)
I decided to do flowers mainly because of my mothers constant pestering,which I am thankful for now.
I've always been fascinated by Richard's flowers..each of them are like a miniature portrait and have a life of their own.
After doing a small study of his work...I moved on to this one.to this bigger and much more complicated painting.(still one of his more abstract works).
For me..this has been a remarkable study in many ways:
1) I no longer followed the dmp method to paint(there is no way I can replicate each splotch of color without spending an entire year on it.)
which brings me to my second point.
2) the point of this study was to test all the knowledge I had gathered from drawing.
that is...knowledge on drawing, tone,edges,vaule and finally color
3) I started the painting with absolutely no drawing.instead I began the way richard seems to start his painting.
with appropriate washes(and wiping out paint where needed).
Very adventurous I must say.
Richard has been painting 3x times longer than I have lived on this planet...so I took a risk starting with absoluely no sketch.
4)I spent a looooooot of time just staring at the picture,again..I didnt print or laminate the photo..I just used my 4.7inch phone screen...in hindsight..I could have saved myself quite a bit of trouble by just using a laptop and not have to deal with smudging oil paint all over my phone.
5) I decided not to panic.Probably the best thing I did...taking on one of richards masterpieces with no prior experience in abstracting forms to the degree he does was extremely nerve racking.
I just tried to enjoy the process and paint to the best of my abilities
6) I kept cleaning my palette...now I hope..one of the things that stand out in the painting is how pure the colors are.(that along with the plenty of edge work that went into making it)
This could only be achieved by constantly scraping off paint I didnt need..where earlier I would have been tempted to use the same color in some other part of the painting...telling myself it would work.
Richard keeps cleaning his palette to get the freshest colors on his canvas.So I must do as he says.
7) I pushed myself..
This is the kind of painting I see myself doing.Although I am copying an other artist...I tried to pick out the best elements of his work and put my spin on it.
Economy of strokes...boldness and abstraction was what I was after.
I didnt bother replicating his colors to the T...instead I tried replicating the color harmony...using colors of my own and making changes where I felt was necessary( or where I felt I couldn't do the original painting complete justice)
Sorry about the long and possibly dreary text...I hope my painting stands up to your expectations as well.
This has been an amazing experience for me..I can't wait to do more and learn more..and hopefully be able to successfully incorporate them in my future works.
as always I look forward to your opinion and criticism.