Project Goal: Using critical observation paint a grayscale monochromatic still life. Once the three tonality system has been addressed, apply thin translucent layers of paint over the surface to create optical blending (tinting & shading).
Select a photographic image from the internet of simple fruit or other still life. Make a B&W printout to reference. Save the original color file to your email. Eventually you will be using your laptop to reference color file.
Prime canvas by applying a ground. Establish local tones to establish future layers of paint on top of.
Next, begin painting the forms. Start by blending paint on your palate to establish grey tones that match up with your subject matter.
While the paint is malleable, blend tones to create smooth gradient transitions.
Once the grayscale rendering is complete, apply thin translucent washes of colored acrylic paint over the surface of painting. This will result in optical blending (tinting and shading of color).
Once painting is complete, apply a thin varnish over the surface to complete project.
Critical Observation: Painted forms resembles reference photo.
3 Tonal System: Final grayscale painting demonstrates ranges of tone from pure white, to grey and pure black resulting in contrast and pictorial space.
Glazing: Evidence of translucent color glazing resulting in tinting and shading of color.
Craft: Final work demonstrates control of brush. Crisp clean edges. Smooth even gradient transitions and even applications of paint.