Monday, September 21, 2009


I am enrolled in a painting class this fall, so by the end of the week I will be learning to paint. In one of my intro art classes we were told that naive or untrained artists have a freer take on things (or some such) and that trained artists operate within the framework of knowledge of art history, composition, and conventions, even when they reject these things in a piece their work is then being informed by the conventions. So. I am doing a painting as a "before" training exercise, even though I have made a lot of paintings this one is not based on a photo or purely invented, I drew upon images from my sketchbook and made a composite. Sort of. It is unfinished but I hung it up in my dorm already.
My friend Max took this photo, and even though the light is bad and there is clutter I really like it.
Here I have started the gradiated sky.
Oh dear. I thought I had a better picture of it, showing the leaping animals and everything, but it did not make it on to my flashdrive (I am on a library computer because my laptop hasn't internet. Possibly I should have brought it to the library to connect it to this internet but it was lovely to walk to the library unencumbered)


timmer said...

in the first picture, your limbs are in improbable positions. like if you made a sculpture, folks would say uh strange and uh no.

Caitlan said...

Maybe that's why I like it. Hi Tim!