Light, Values, Turning the Form

 Susan Pragaspathy, Lemon 1, study in oil, 5x7, linen on panel

Susan Pragaspathy, Lemon 1, study in oil, 5x7, linen on panel

Realizing how difficult it is to realistically turn the form and knowing how long I have wrestled with it, I am aware that many artists and art students also find turning the form to be a cumbersome and challenging task. 

Whether you work abstractly or realistically and are a plein air landscape painter, a still life painter, a figure painter, professional animator, etc. we are all in the same boat.... we all have to earn our street credibility as artists and turn the form convincingly. I work in landscape, portrait and still life and use atmospheric perspective in all of my paintings which has lead to a series of questions and learnings.

In an earlier blog, Classical Training, I began to discuss how learning classical drawing and painting skills have informed my work. By making high art choices instead of low ones, I began to transform my skill set and artist street credibility. Hope you'll join me on future blog posts to go deeper into drawing, oil painting and methods.

I use a drawing method called sight-size and for understanding color, I love Munsell, together these tools have bolstered my understanding of light. I'll break them down and explain how they help in many future blogs along with other tools.

Here is an example of a sight-sized drawing and study of a lemon that became a small 5x7 classically rendered oil painting. I chose to take the drawing far enough to be able to understand the lemon's shape and values to move quickly into a painting and in the interest of finishing a lesson, I finalized the value scale in the painting above. 

 

 Susan Pragaspathy, Study of a lemon, 8x10, drawing in graphite set-up using sight-size method and comparative drawing methods..

Susan Pragaspathy, Study of a lemon, 8x10, drawing in graphite set-up using sight-size method and comparative drawing methods..

Have you painted lemons? So many artists have and I'd love to hear your story about painting a lemon. Thank you for reading and I hope you find this helpful. If you have questions feel free to ask in the comment section and I'll follow up.