I thought I fully comprehended this concept – doing the picture from big to small one, when the instructor sketched the big and small objects individually on a piece of paper and explained us the concept last week. I can still recall his statement.
Until today, I finally realised that I might be wrong. I could have misinterpreted his statement, or I did not really fathom it in fact.
During the painting class this afternoon, after receiving a few instructions from the instructor, I started my painting. It’s about a sunset beach with two tiny people in there – one resting on a big rock and another one having fun on the beach. I was requested to play only with blue and white colours today.
So, I started to draft the outline of each object on a white canvas with very transparent blue colour. I gradually filled in with the blue to compose the ground colour and also increased the tone. Some area with deeper blue and some were keeping light. This is what we called as blocking and blacks. I always thought this was just as easy as a piece of cake. But, I was overestimated.
It’s honestly a tough work to compose a good painting. I thought I had done all but the instructor was not satisfying with the result. He kept on saying to focus on the big portion, and then the small portion, always leave the detail by the end. I thought I understood his request. But somehow, I found myself struggling on the same thing and nothing improved. In addition, I still played with the detail again. Seemed like I was getting lost. Goodness.
I felt that I almost got crazy with this painting until I finally asked the instructor to shed me the light. Two main flaws he pointed out on my painting – first, the contrast of overall was vague and not clearly expressed, meanwhile he also pointed to the photo and back to the particular area on my painting to show the difference; second was, blending the colour on canvas which must be avoided. Ohhh… Now I see.
Once I fathomed out the reason, immediately I rectified the mistake. Finally, the instructor seemed pretty much satisfied with my painting now. Phew…
As a matter of fact, there is always an effort to completely puzzle out a philosophy!