These boots are made for painting! They’re as colourful as a bouquet of flowers but there’s nothing precious about them.
The big, blocky shapes make them a suitable subject for the flat angled brushes we’ve been using. We discussed quite a few things during the morning and evening demonstrations; broader concepts such as simplification and artistic licence as well as more specific painting problems like mixing blacks. I mixed the blacks and greys today with a combination of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna.
The flat angled brushes are still a new tool for many of the painters. There can be a tendency to try to use them as one would a round brush. In the demonstration above, the pink boot in the middle doesn’t look like it was painted with a flat angled brush as much as the boots to either side. I was using it to discuss foreshortening and light and shadow and it lacks the planar treatment of, for example, the green boot in the bottom right corner.
One more week of Winter term remains but, sadly, it looks like we might have cold weather for longer than that. At least, these colourful boots can cheer us up!