Following some initial feedback from my tutor I prepared another five circular tondos. These were all based on segments of the work I had already produced – but this time applying thinned oil paint more broadly and gesturally.
I decided to work on three larger and two smaller tondo surfaces:
Different colour scheme from my original tondo painted on a ceramic dinner plate – mainly browns, yellows and blues with a touch of orange – painted using a size 8 short flat and a size 10 filbert brushes.
Different colour scheme from my original tondo of this subject painted on a small oval card practice piece – this time painted much larger and mainly using blues and browns with white – again painted with size 8 short flat and size 10 filbert brushes.
Focused in on my original ‘boots & basket’ scene and changed the colour scheme slightly – mainly blues, reds, yellow ochre, browns, pain’s grey, ivory black and white – this time painted with a size 10 filbert brush.
Almost like a spy-glass look into a part of the porch barometer in the background of my Assignment piece – this time using thinned red/white mix, pain’s grey and gold and blue relief paste.
The Egyptian head from my cut off piece of football tondo – painted on both sides using thinned yellow, red and blue oils, with touches of white and gold relief paste.
I pushed myself with this exercise in revisiting painting in the ‘tondo’ experience. In all I produced these five pieces in around one day in total – fast and dirty! – well my hands are extremely smudgy (maybe I should start wearing gloves?)
I am relatively pleased with how these extra pieces turned out and have learnt a good lesson in the process – don’t necessarily follow the course notes too literally! Better to use your own judgement, experiment and paint what and how it feels right for you. These five pieces are painted in a much broader and more gestural style – less fussy – and I would say, more like how I do like to paint. Maybe I’m beginning to ‘hear my voice’?
For a bit of fun, here is an image of my palette for this revisiting – messy, and probably says a fair bit about the way I work!
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
27 April 2017