Thursday, March 11, 2010

Late Breaking News Bulletin!

Drinking one liter of Coca-Cola once a month during a full moon will promote hair growth!!! True! You do believe me, don't you? This is my 8"X10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas that is a mini still life assignment for my Sacramento City College acrylic painting class ( My favorite tag line for Coca-Cola is: "the Pause That Refreshes"). The point of this assignment is to paint the impression of these objects. To suggest these objects whilst not being entrapped by painting small details with a small brush. I used only flat brushes ranging from an inch to a quarter inch across. I tell my students to observe color notes or color/value shapes or valhues (a wonderful word that nationally-known oil painter Kevin MacPhearson coined) very carefully, but then squint (while looking at the still life) to help edit out too much detail and middle tones ( "values" here in America}. (Ever notice my crazed use of parenthesizes?)

10 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful job David. 1/8th of an inch is a pretty small brush isn't it?
Love the results. It sure would be fun to be one of your students.

Ciao,

Barbara

bonnieluria said...

Love the freedom, the essence and those are great reminders for all of us.
Damn, I know better, and still I get bogged down in wanting to paint eyelashes before I've blocked the shapes!
Consider this comrade from a distance, a pupil nonetheless.
I love seeing your work.
( and I love these things too....)

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara, I just measured my brushes and made a copy edit. Hey!...this painting may almost come a wee bit close to the brightness of your paintings!

David Lobenberg said...

Down with those running dog, lackey details. Power to the blocking, comrade Bonnie!!! (Luria)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

The visible brush strokes, vbs, (parenthetically speaking)really make this a winner!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh boy! Love this one, composition is spot on. I remember when Coke came in these green glass bottles and needing a church key to open them up. Nostalgia extraordinaire, David. Love your technique too!

Carrie H. said...

Oh, Look at the achieved transparency of the plastic tumbler that is just like the one I will have on Wednesday filled with green beer!!!

David Lobenberg said...

Liz, Yes, the VBS I love to do with flat brushes. Gladya like them.

David Lobenberg said...

The brush strokes that refreshes, Autumn. Boy did that little green bottle make the coke taste good!

David Lobenberg said...

Carrie, You and me both! Also corn beef and cabbage. Yum! Eatem up!!!