During this month's element of movement and energy we have been exploring ways to enliven our paintings... injecting energy into or work... letting the sparks fly...
This week we are combining all of the skills we have been developing.
Choose an animal that you feel drawn to (hehe) An animal that moves (runs, swims, flies, jumps, climbs etc) in a way that you find interesting.
If you have a pet you could observe your pet's way of moving. You might have visiting birds or other local animals. Or you could use the internet to watch some videos of an animal in action.
You may like to start a fresh new painting or you could use one of your layered paintings that are at some stage of development.
I am going to suggest a few options for how you might want to approach this. You are welcome to choose one, or a combination, or do each one if you like!
OPTION ONE Animal in motion... If you are looking at a video of a moving animal you can pause the video and take a screen shot then let it a run for a moment and pause again to take another screen shot etc. Try to get 3 - 5 consecutive images that express the action of your animal.
If you are using a pet as your source of inspiration, it's probably easiest to photograph him/her in action (as above).
To prepare the images to paint from; it might help to simplify the images by making them black & white or by turning up the contrast so that you have something like a silhouette of your animal.
Paint your animalé in action using the photos as a reference. You will need to decide where to place them on your page to create the most exciting composition of your animal in motion.
Tip: the photos are to support you and you are free to use your artistic licence to alter things in any way you desire.
OPTION TWO A moment passing by... This option would need a reference image or an animal to observe too. Painting on an artwork which already has multiple layers. Using 1 or 2 translucent paint colours & white... very thinly... with water or water + medium. Thin enough so that it stays see through... Overlay the animal in motion onto the painting, fitting it in the page or canvas. Maybe enlarging the animal to fill the space completely. You might like to embellish with a posca paint pen or a chalk pencil.
(see example of my eagle in flight in.the image here. I used burnt sienna, burnt umber & white)
OPTION THREE Essential energy of the action You don't need to be literal, if your urge is to work more abstractly... You can use your imagination or your memory, your moving animal might be more about the essence of the energy and not so representational.
This might be an abstraction of an animal in motion.
🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 I can't wait to see your animalés !
"It's a good idea to watch the animals, for they bask in their freedom and don't worry about their limitations. A cat or a dog can teach you a lot. A cat really enjoys its catness, just as you should enjoy your creaturehood. Even a fly buzzing around the ceiling loves its own reality and is free in it." Jane Roberts
REMINDER ZOOM session is Tuesday 7th June at 7pm We will start something new! You will need paper (A3 or bigger) and paints. See you there ❤️
Incase you are interested, I will be in the Art of Flow at home FB group every Wednesday at 11am for 30 mins, intuitively painting a big canvas from start to finish.