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06-16-2002, 03:43 PM
Thought I'd show you a little exercise I've been doing at my Saturday morning workshop the past three sessions.

The starting point was a couple of painting fragments:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2002/Cinnabar_Savannah_rectangle_1.JPG &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2002/Cinnabar_Savannah_rectangle_2.JPG

Everyone in the workshop could choose to take one or more of these "cut-outs" covered in various colours, glue it/them onto a large sheet of acryilics or oils paper, and use that as a starting point for a personal composition.

The result for me was "Cinnabar Savannah", June 2002, oil on paper, 30 x 55 cm. Completed yesterday.


Detail shot:



06-17-2002, 12:08 PM
this is really great james!!! I love the look and colors.

06-17-2002, 11:13 PM
I really like what you created James- what a wonderful way to explore. Makes me want to take classes which is saying a LOT!

very nice!


06-18-2002, 10:53 PM
James!!!!! This is tres magnifique! Such a change from how I view your 'signature style' . What an interesting way to get artists to obtain a different result. I will have to try this. What weight paper did you use? Have you ever tried cran d'ache water soluable crayons on paper? Very fun and brilliant colors, though a little difficult to control.

I've been away, how was your show?????????????????????????

Bon nuit, Cathleen~
PS, I only know words from high school French I remember, so pardon if used incorrectly! The funniest thing when I was in Paris, every person involved in services, like bistros, would greet our bon jour with welcome!!!!!! So we were trying to speak our language and they were speaking ours really well!!:rolleyes:

06-19-2002, 12:53 AM
Nice work! Experimentation is a good thing, especially when done methodically. This painting makes sense, and is technically well done. Thanks for posting this one:)


06-24-2002, 09:59 PM
Thank you all for your thoughtful comments!

Orchidlover, yes the colours were a real discovery for me. :)

Alisa, hey yes, do try some classes! :D Maybe go for something like mine, which aren't "real" classes... the lady running the place gives advice, sets challenges, but lets everyone do their own thing, find their own path...

Cathleen, it's Canson's (a French company I think) "Montval" acrylic paper, but I'm embarrassed to say that I have no idea what weight paper I used. I'll have to check next time I go to my workshop.
I'm not familiar with these cran d'ache crayons, and can't seem to find any information about them. Can you tell me more? They sound like fun. :D
I think it's great you have kept some of your French from high school! When I arrived in France, I couldn't remember anything! :rolleyes:

Diane, yes I think you're right about methodical experimentation. :) I reckon my teacher knew exactly what she was doing when she threw this one at me! :D


06-29-2002, 05:14 AM
just wanted to clarify I'm in No Way Opposed to taking classes ....I've got a degree in commercial art.

your post just got me thinking about something I was personally opposed to- taking classes again anytime soon. But if I took just One class like this... would be different from full time...just some basics in painting and creative instruction would be nice.

talking myself into LOL!

Anyways- just wanted to make sure I did'nt come off wrong here.

06-29-2002, 10:50 AM
I like your palette.
surreal :)