Thursday, November 17, 2011

Think Positive...Paint Negative


I am trying to retrain my brain to paint the negative shape rather than the positive.
 "Think positive but paint negative!"
This girl is one of the "starts" from one of my classes. The whole page was just a mess of paints, mostly reds on the page. I then painted the negative figure shape and "fashioned" her into a girl who might be dancing or just throwing her arms up. 
All the figures we painted in the class seemed to have a personality or a story.
Painting negative is not easy so far but with practice hopefully it will get easier.

Below is just one of the exercises in painting a quick figure with light into dark and dark into light. When I sat down to do it it was confusing but it looked so easy when he did it. This fella tells a story too. He could be a tightrope walker or a dancer. These are done very quickly. It was a fun exercise and I will practice more of these. Burridges calls these our little art sketches for a larger painting or even a little masterpiece as it is.




8 comments:

Lesley said...

It's great seeing all the new things you on learning. I love these two pictures - particularly the black and white - light and shade. Wonderful.

Janie Husband said...

just a morning hello to tell you that i really like this technique...i have his (burridge) cd and all i have done with it is watch the process.... ;-)

Buffy said...

Love them both,very neat way of painting.

Mary said...

i see it, i see it...yes i do...you got it!!

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

hola!
NICE!!!!!!!!!!

Julie-ann Bowden Heavenleigh Art said...

I can totally see your negative space making history! Love the motion and atmosphere, plus the colours!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

fun stuff...we have to laugh in class...as all your life you hear think positive...be positive, etc. and boooom ...you go to painting class and everyone is supposed to paint negative....I love to paint that way ,,,I just wish someone would come up with a new name for the process as it is such a "negative" term,,,don´t you think....

Lisa Graham Art said...

What a great idea. Love your result actually...it has movement and great color, not to mention dancing! I ♥ dance!

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