"Andrea"_____9 x 12 oil on canvas---sold a while ago
I forgot to shoot today's painting, but I used this image of an old painting to make a point about edges. This painting has mostly soft edges, and another artist (Gordon Fowler) who was painting with me MADE ME stop at this poit. I had planned to really put some edges and detail in there!...It's hard to describe this lesson...better to SHOW than to "tell", but I will, here.
Artists are familiar with the "usual" elements of art and how important they are: LINE, SHAPES, VALUE, TEXTURE, COLOR, NEGATIVE SPACE...but there is an element that is often overlooked:
EDGES. It's one thing to block in a painting with basic shapes . A model's head might be an oval with other shapes blocking out the details of the face. A rectangle for the forehead, a triangle for the nose, etc.....then those parts are painted with a shadow side and a light side. BUT, both have VERY different treatment of the EDGES between the light side and shadow side! HERE's how:
Foreheads turn gently from light side to shadow. there would be a soft edge.
Noses generally turn quickly from light to shadow, so the edge would be a little harder.
Michael Jackson's latest nose had very hard edges, compared to his original nose, which had softer edges....no disrespect intended, but it was a topic that helped the kids understand. I demonstrated it with a simple painted sketch...let me know if you want me to post it, and I will tomorrow.