Here are two of the three stages of a portrait painting from a photo: Sharon, Mother Of The Groom, where has the time gone?: stage1 block in values, define shapes, loosly describe the figure. stage 2 further adjust values & colors, begin to refine shapes & tones. The third stage will further set the mood of backround, paint the bouquet, enhance flesh tones and accentuate highlights.
Here are my thoughts on what makes art
real...an excerpt from my most recent newsletter:
To begin I would like to mention a painter friend of mine
who playfully exclaims that his works might be considered fiction, but based on
a true story. I thought about that and reflected on the early days of
Impressionism. Paris, the Industrial Revolution and the French Impressionists
who set out to portray what they called " la vie moderne"...the modern life. The
establishment and art critics referred to their art as anything but real. In
fact, their initial response was to criticize the impressionist movement as a
mockery of all that was considered "real" art. But the newly developed middle
class, a product of The Industrial Revolution, felt otherwise. They not only
enjoyed seeing themselves at play in bistros and picnics, they resonated in the
bright colors, loose brush strokes and boldness of interpretation presented by
painters who were themselves celebrating the modern life. So maybe some of what
makes art real is an aesthetically expressed agreement with others regarding a
moment of heightend awareness of form, shape, color and sense, orchastrated to
present a message and frozen in time. Just a thought, I'm sure there are many
viewpoints on "what makes art real". What do you think? I would love to hear
from you via e-mail to my web site. You may also sign up for my newsletter to be entered the October drawing for a 5" x 7" original oil painting!
One of the things I love about the Gulf Coast of Florida are the cloud formations. They not only compliment the inviting terrain of sand and sea, but are thenselves an event. I'll be painting a series of "Clouds Over The Gulf" here's the first.
This painting is about temperature, but not from a scientific viewpoint. It's about sensation...the simple pleasure of being in a cool space when all around you is ...really very hot. "Cool Shade" 8" x 10" oil on board, Sunset Beach, Treasure Island Florida.
Sunrise and sunset happen quickly. Later, when the sun hangs in the sky, there is more time to paint a scene. This is a plein air painted early morning on the beach, when the shadows change with the rapidly rising sun. https://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
"Afterglow of Sunset" 8" x 10" oil on canvas. Sometimes the best part of a sunset is the unique afterglow when your senses are surrounded by an amber haze, sometimes more intense than others. In this painting I am experiencing the scene from behind sea oats and various beach foliage to compliment the scene. https://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
It's one thing to observe & behold the beauty of Nature...but to observe and respond through painting her is an experience that is sensual & invigorating. The purpose of the painting is to communicate...to share that experience. https://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
"Glistening Dawn" 8" x 10" oil on canvas. When you arrive at the beach in the early morning and just know it's going to be a great day.I was moved by the contrast of the pinkish sky and green water. https://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
"Amber Oats" 8" x 10 " oil on canvas. The beach changes moods from hour to hour. Here is an early morning, the sunlight beginning to tip the sea oats before spilling over to the sand and surf. https://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
Living is an event... if you let it be. In a painting one can capture the spirituality of the moment. Life happens fast. It explodes into a communication of that moment of beauty. A sunset parallels life in that it’s fleeting. http://jackprovidenti.fineartstudioonline.com/
I paint to celebrate nature and to honor people who are celebrating life. Art, wether it is practiced or purchased, will heal & inspire, it will reveal the extraordinary in what previously seemed ordinary. It also helps us re-experience precious moments. I'm using the skills I've learned in order to inspire an emotional response. I emphasize the play of natural light In my paintings and use color generously combined with brush strokes that capture fleeting and treasured moments. I love to paint outdoors as well as in my studio. Being actively immersed in nature contributes to a soulful expression of her many moods. My seascapes and portraits have been hailed by patrons as stunning, vivid and emotionally stirring.