5/1/08

SHORTCAKE?

Big red delicious strawberries hardly ever make it into a painting before they are devoured, since my husband LOVES strawberry shortcake. This was painted a few years ago as a class demo using a good white shape to start the painting (John Salminen workshop info.) The beginning white shape is one continuous shape and goes off the paper on 3 sides. It must be irregular, unpredictable and have an oblique thrust to it.

Somehow, that beginning shape creates a strong skeleton that holds the whole painting together later, even though the white shape is no longer visible or even evident once the painting's completed. See the small photo for how the first step is done with just a very light wash over the areas that are not part of the good white shape. The wash should be done in the opposite temperature of the overall temperature of the final painting.(The small grayish shapes in the small photo are actually miskited areas to keep specific shapes pure white.)

There are several more steps to the good white shape approach for a painting, but it always amazes me that this process does so much to make a painting work well, whether it's an abstract or realistic. I use the process for most of my work now, as do several of the artists in my classes. It really makes good design and composition easier in the long run. Thank you, John!


"SHORTCAKE?" Transparent Watercolor on 140# CP Fabriano Artistico 12 x 17" COLLECTED

10 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Always love looking at your work and reading the useful info as to how your work was created. These strawberries are a delight. Most of all I enjoyed seeing how you tackled the lace cloth and found the compositional white areas of interest. Will try to see if we can get YUPO board in the UK.

Dawn said...

hey there Sandy! Looks great! makin me hungry!

Ann Buckner said...

I am agog at the beauty of your work Sandy. No matter the subject, you create beautiful contrasts both in value, shapes and color.

Sandy said...

That lace is unbelievable and the reflection on the colander...just beautiful Sandy....!!

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Elizabeth Parsons said...

this is amazing! thanks for posting. Elizabeth

Suzanne said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for the tip on the white space.

Gaylynn said...

Sandy,
I just found your blogsite. Your paintings are fabulous! I have learned a lot as I read your posts and studied your paintings. Thank you for that.
I have been to MAG and get their newsletter. My last exhibit was Homer Hacker's last fall. MAG does a wonderful job and I enjoy traveling up from Clermont County to see the wonderful work there.
Gaylynn Robinson

BJ said...

Hello Sandy - I linked from the "other" Sandy. Your work is just amazingly beautiful. I am in awe of your talent. Because I really have no artistic ability, I really appreciate your work. Will definitely bookmark you!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I'll post the next couple of steps of the great white shape process as this proceeds. Sure appreciate your stopping by to see what's new, and I enjoy seeing your blogs, too.

PERUGINA ART said...

Hi Sandy... was directed over here by NNG's Blog...AKA Nick Simmons and Sandy Wilson here in Australia where i am from also... and has you as a link as well... I just had to leave a comment tonight... Your works are brilliant... love this one paticularly... oh the detail!

I could leave comments all over the place but thought i'd try to show some self restraint,hehehe...

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