Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Black Belt (sold)

Black Belt by Sandra Galda
8"x10" oil on gessoed masonite
SOLD

What an awesome achievement it is to earn a black belt! This was a commissioned work I have just about finished. Check back later, I may post another small work today. Thanks for looking, tell me what you think-leave a comment! Paintings by Sandra Galda are copyright.

11 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

This is great. I love the double meaning - it is almost like a bow wrapped around a gift, plus it is a belt wrapped around an "achievement."

More about color temperature: Since I am in video production, I have to think about light temperature (degrees Kelvin) all the time. I wouldn't say to let this philosophy dominate your painting. I think you are right to observe first, and paint what you see. Knowing how color temperature (actually, it's really the light temperature falling on the object) functions is something to inform your choices, just as knowing anatomy will help inform choices in a figure painting, or perspective an architectural drawing. Some people are great at observing, others, like me, need to have "modes" of thinking to help inform them of what they are seeing in front of them. All color temperatures are relative anyway. A color is only warm or cool when compared to another color next to it.

As for books, Richard Schmid's "Alla Prima" has some enlightening information on color and color temperature. Get it from his website, not Amazon, because it costs less. Kevin MacPherson's "Fill Your Paintings with Light and Color" also has a bit of good color information, but is much more basic than "Alla Prima."

I am still figuring all of this out. I am by no means an expert, just thinking out loud.

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

Jeremy, you are really making me think and learn! I just found a great online article about Kelvin temperature. One blurb in the article says "For artists, most pigments and papers have a cool or warm cast, as the human eye can detect even a minute amount of saturation. Gray mixed with yellow, orange or red is a "warm gray". Green, blue, or purple, create "cool grays". Note that this sense of temperature is the reverse of that of real temperature; bluer is described as "cooler" even though it corresponds to a higher-temperature blackbody." this portion of the article may be explaining in part why I am being confused with color experts like yourself and Mr. Kearns. I am not very familiar with the deep science of color and need to learn so much. Thank you for recommending those books, I will try to get ahold of them and study! Our interchanges have be very enlightening! Like I wrote earlier, I will re-read your posts and advice, and spend some time educating myself on these topics! Thanks for your comments and by all means, add more if more info comes to mind, I really appreciate your helpfulness!

LSaeta said...

What an amazing perspective you captured in this painting. When I saw the small image on my blog ... I couldn't figure out what it was. But the larger image is amazing! Love it, love it, love it.

Jeremy Elder said...

My pleasure Sandra. I learn from you to!

Jeremy Elder said...

I almost forgot, while you are doing web research on color, be sure to stop by James Gurney's blog. Here are his many posts on color: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/search/label/Color

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

Thanks Jeremy, thanks LSaeta, the commission is actually to copy --as is --a picture that my long time friend gave me, she would like to give it to her teacher. She just earned her black belt, and I would never question her at this point...hahaha Jeremy I have lots and lots to think about now and read, thanks again so nice to exchange this information and learn from each other, the networking of artists on these blogs is a terrific boon to my artistic development!

Rob Hazzard said...

Love this one, as well as your previous market veggies and carnation. Your Black belt is making me want to use more fabrics in my compositions. I really admire your dedication and committment to painting daily and posting for us to observe.

r garriott said...

Great composition; just the essentials. You've said so much with so little!

(Personally, I nver made it past the 'puce' belt.)

John Vander Stelt said...

I like the composition of this one too. Very nice!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hey, this is great!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

awesome! I, too admire your commitment which really shows how much one can improve with dedication.