Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I'm such a novice :/

Well, DAYS later, I am realizing we could have easily built that cube from the ground up if we had thought to do it, and we wouldn't have had to pester any of the numbers people.

We could have just made a vertical foreshortened square and lined up two more on its receding plane, using what I call "The X Thing" (this is why I can't play with the adults) to make the perspective right. That would give the height and width of all the squares on that side.

Am I making sense?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dividing a Receding Plane into Three Parts

Two of my students decided to draw Rubik's Cubes for their perspective/shading assignment. Dividing a receding plane into fours is easy, but threes were another matter altogether. I quickly realized I had no idea how to do it.

Lucky for me, my students are from many different specialty areas, including engineering and economics. Those people are very good at problems like this, and a couple of days after I asked the question in class, a very nice young man named Dillon provided me with several computer drawings he had made. All of them solved the problem, each in a slightly different way.

This is my drawing of one of his examples. I keep getting lost in all the relationships contained in this little cube. Seems like magic to me.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Another Possibility

   I don't remember how this image came about. She certainly has a tough job, working hard at rowing through the air in a leaky boat. Still, I like her strength, rowing against the odds. 
    I'm leaning toward this one for my new canvas. Look how many tries it took for me to realize her back needed to face the bow! Sheesh!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

   I just stretched a new small canvas with linen (my first try at it!), and I'm looking for a new image for it.    
    I just found this in my sketchbook. It is an image of my dear friend Chris, who was born on the exact same day as me, almost a whole country apart.  
   The last time I saw Chris, he told me he had bought some heavy duty hiking boots and was finding peace on his walks. I imagined those boots taking him to all kinds of beautiful places.

I have one more possible image in mind. It's a bit trickier than this one. I'll post it when I settle on a good viewpoint.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

  I think I set a couple of records here, both for how long it took to make this painting, and also how long it has been since I have posted.
    I wish I could speed up my process. My profs would have said the same thing. But, I don't seem to be able to power through problems in paintings. I have to wait for for the answer to bubble up to the surface. Also, I need to carve out more time to do it. Teaching and real life have a tendency to get priority. 

Here is a close-up of the face:

      I won't name all the struggles, but they were real. I'm hoping a coat of varnish will ease over some of them. There are some progress shots of this painting on my Instagram, if you'd like to see some of the stages it went through. My user name is lynettevought.

   My next one is going to be a lot smaller!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Math is Fun!

I enjoy using perspective in my work, but I sometimes fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to being really precise with the linear relationships. Last semester, I had two delightful engineering students who kept saying, "But what is that spatial relationship, really?" They ended up teaching me some math/geometry skills that are helping me straighten out some mistakes I have made in my paintings, as well as help my teaching skills. Here is the almost repaired version of a painting called "Tipping Point", about global warming. Below are photos of the painting before the repair began, and one of the windows with the grid double drawn in, showing how the ellipse is divided to properly recede in space. Who knew math could be so fun and useful?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hollow Points

Well, I made this one well before our current political situation, but I guess it applies even more now.