It’s been a week since I finished the Sunny Apinchapong workshop and I am still hearing his words as I paint, which is a good thing.
Sometimes coming away from a workshop can leave me with a let down feeling, like that was exciting and stimulating but now I’m on my own.
Sunny gave me so much to work on, here are a few of his mantras:
- Mass in with a big brush, you’re not ready to start the painting, keep roughing in those large shapes!
- Compare, compare, compare, is that lighter or darker than that passage over there? Look, look, look
- Trust yourself, don’t think too much, just get it down!
- Is that area really that orange, it’s orangish, not orange!
- Check your edges, if two dark object meet with a soft line in the shadow, join them together as one!
The still-life above was a challenge, at first all the white flowers looked very similar, but I searched for the small differences in color and found them, I compared the shape of this one to that one and saw the differences. I knocked back the colors when they were not subtle enough.
The same applied to the still-life above, in order to paint better I need to see better. Detail is not what I’m looking for but ways to translate the complications of the really world into paint.