Going Forward

"Going Forward"
8x8 oil on Masonite
© 2009 Carol Horzempa
NFS

I decided to take my time with Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge. I focused on the perspective, values and painting “just what you see” like Karin suggested. I used just three colors, Winsor Newton Cadmium Red, Rembrandt Yellow Ochre Light and Ultramarine Deep, plus Utrecht Titanium White.

Using a ruler with a small brush and thin wash for the lines made it easier for me to get the figures drawn in the right places. This was a slow process but with a lot of checking proportions, measuring one shape against another and correcting the values every so often, I was pleased to see that my figures started to look believable.

Someday I must make a goal for myself to do these challenges with less brushstrokes, limit my time spent and not get caught up in the detail. Aside from that I feel I learned a lot from this challenge and am quite pleased with my results. Be sure to check all the amazing submissions on the 52nd-54th week challenge on DSFDF blog.

Update:
I've had this blog since the first of the year and participated in DSFDF challenges each month since. Thanks to the dedication of Karin Jurick and all her hard work on her DSFDF blog, she has made it possible for artists near and far to connect and be challenged.It has been a humbling experience to receive so many encouraging comments on my work from artist whom I admire and respect. Thank you so much!

19 comments:

  1. Your piece is beautiful. I'm still working on mine been sick, yuk!

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  2. This is absolutely wonderful, Carol. You nailed the prespective and the figures - well done!

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  3. Carol, this is excellent. Great to see the progressive shots and isn't it amazing what can be done with 3 colors, very well done!

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  4. I love your colors, beautifully rendered and just wow!

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  5. Really terrific work, Carol!Love the way that golden ground peeks though and gives the entire painting energy.

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  6. Carol, this is a real winner on so many levels! Your figures and colors are wonderful, and though you took longer than you wanted, it produced results...I like how you handled the floor with your brush stroke too.

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  7. You took your time and it shows. Your version is beautiful. I did mine in four hours and it was like four hours in the dentist office. Not fun for me.

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  8. Love your work Carol. The texture in shading in your background is fantastic. Really great job.

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  9. Hello Carol,
    wow, very nice picture, especially how you paint the shadows I like a lot.

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  10. A lot of effort, I know...but it sure paid off, Carol! I also really like the effect of the limited palette.

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  11. Fantastic! AND you're right at the top at DSFDF (at least right now!). I'm amazed at the results with just 3 colors, it was worth the time and effort!

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  12. Carol, Carol, Carol.... I wish I had see this before I stared mine. This was the direction I would have loved to have taken mine. You should post mine next to yours with a big red circle slash for folks to see what not to do. Thanks for sharing your work process so I can continue to learn!

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  13. This is delightful! I love your colors, and that you shared the process. It is always helpful to read and learn from other artists journey's.

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  14. All the extra time and work really paid off with a fabulous entry. Thanks for sharing the steps that you took to get this grand painting.

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  15. Using Yellow Ochre for your under painting was brilliant; gives it such warmth! It's BEAUTIFUL!

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  16. Carol this is one of my favorites. Your colors are fantastic. I love reading about your process and seeing your different stages. Time wll spent.

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  17. very well done, Carol. Isn't limited pallettes fun? Am always amazed at just what can be done with just a couple of colors. You picked the perfect triad for this one.

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  18. This is such an interesting piece; wonderful bird's eye perspective, exciting color and movement too. Keep up the good work!

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