What We Can See in a Painting

December 30, 2016
Title: Zulu ShieldsMedium: A4 Acrylic.
This is Zulu shields more in a colorful way,I made it green it almost look like leaves.

“…a formal analysis – the result of looking closely – is an analysis of the form that the artist produces…” – Sylvan Barnet

With scale, composition, pictorial space, form, line, color, light, tone, texture and pattern you can look closely to painting and understand the painting, this we call elements of art. The principles of art is values, including balance, hierarchy, pattern, rhythm, space, proportion, emphasis, movement, contrast, and unity.
The analysis of paintings is intended to prompt a higher order of thinking and help people to a well-reasoned analysis said the www.studentartguide.com. A visual analysis addresses an artwork’s formal elements – visual attributes such as color, line texture, and size.
To know how to write a formal analysis of an artwork is a fundamental skill learned in an art appreciation-level. It is important to keep in mind in any analysis the following: How and why is this a significant work of art?
By Pieter Lategan

Sources:
https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/how-to-analyze-an-artworkhttps://ualr.edu/art/art-history-resources/papers-and-projects/guidelines-for-analysis-of-art/

Underpainting with Acrylic Paint for Oil

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Sample of a painting

There is a problem to use acrylic paint for underpainting for an oil painting. It is not advisable to use acrylic paint for an underpainting. There is a reason for that because it has not had enough “tooth” to give the oil paint a foothold on the acrylic surface. To use acrylic primer is ok to use.

The reason for acrylic paint not to be a good underpainting is, white included, it dries to a hard, glossy surface, which can be a poor surface upon which to apply oil paint.
There are different colors in the acrylic primers, but it is very limited. The best use case for this is for monochrome underpaintings. This you can do with a white and black primer, mixing the two acrylics together and making greys.
Helen van Wyk an American artist do this all the time. From Helen van Wyk’s book “Welcome to My Studio”, and I quote pages 44 and 45: “I assume that the Old Masters did their underpaintings with egg tempera. Acrylic paint, I believe, is the 20th century’s version of tempera, the oldest painting medium known. You have no doubt heard that you can’t mix oil and acrylic together, or paint acrylic over oil. I heartily agree with these two warnings. I disagree with the admonition that you can’t paint oil over acrylic. I’ve been applying oil paint over acrylic underpaintings for more than twenty-five years with no disastrous results…… Whether I’m doing an underpainting for direct application or one for glazes, I make sure that the acrylic is applied thinly enough to maintain the texture of the canvas. Any thick buildup of acrylic would impair the adherence of my oil paint to the underpainting.” (She also lets the acrylic underpainting dry thoroughly before proceeding.)
Some people’s opinion is that to use a good professional grade acrylic you will not have a problem with the “plastic, glossy” issue. On my research on the Internet, I read that there is a person which really water the acrylic down, and doesn’t find any problem with that.
My personal opinion is that I try to avoid this kind of practice and would like to see that my paintings have a very long life span. Therefore I doubt that I will use acrylic as an underpainting medium.
By Pieter Lategan

Sources:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-527847.html?__cf_chl_captcha_tk__=6b4a799de46123ec4b82c93781ce8613f4e15cf5-1574947564-0-ATzkmtK-pdhADO40MIfTFbFEZ40oJlxSqMvzDbcQEF043yq81N_7r7AKcNr9hrf0JPu5CYR-PPaZ4JyruyvQRfd5x34LkuWrwibH4ibzIvY7wCbbe2P3h_MJpHzCKTxcAPI2ELc53b71wX00fTeOycnqzuODGCRklKF7eTQT03tV3VVuG4nsEKwZLZi3WKZGemg0L9qWa_5bzzW0goLZzgRREf2dYI35JuE3ToTzYVt-WlzCwOg4znty3vhjgIKFeU2X7U7baNWZM4WTiwNyrMPAatdSXLQERZbreLsADafp-8e1PMGAXoIy98BXYvghKtNoHAt4tUY3EJ2e18FoM_FTfQcefTGpSWrW1naRDrGMP6Swpfn-qt1hHcLTG_nTn7GqiLKUopr6MKbyBhaWM

Oil Paint as a Medium

Oil stays a long time wet with other words a slow-drying paint, therefore it gives you more control over the paint. This paint consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil.  The stickiness of the paint can be modified by the addition of turpentine or white spirit.  To make it more gloss you can add varnish on the painting when done.  Oil paint was commonly used to protect the wood in buildings and exposed metal structures such as ships and bridges.
Oil painting is to most forgiving medium because it gives you more time to make corrections. You can work wet on wet over a long period.

Oil painting can be complex like in math or it can be super simple. Some of the old masters let it look very complex but it is actually very simple.

Oil paint is not toxic. It exists out of oil and pigment.  The oil in the paint is the vehicle or binder.  The most commonly used vehicle is cold-pressed linseed oil, walnut oil, poppy seed oil or safflower oil.  Paint dries through a combination of the oxidization and evaporation.  The rate of evaporation of volatile compounds will depend on atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity.  Lower pressure, higher temperature, and lower humidity will all increase the rate of evaporation of the solvent.  The linseed oil and pigments oxidize (react with oxygen) and harden, but the oil has a low enough vapor pressure that it doesn’t appreciably evaporate.  Cross-linking occurs between the relatively small oil molecules, essentially forming a plastic.  The hardening process takes place in the first few hours/day/months after the paint has been deposited, but the process never really stops.
The process never really stopping is why you shouldn’t varnish an oil painting as soon as it’s touch dry but should wait several months.  The less time the oil paint has to spend “drying”, the more likely your varnish is too crack.

It is not safe if you swallow it. Tinners are toxic so it is important to paint in a well-ventilated room.

Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_painthttps://www.liveabout.com/what-happens-when-oil-paint-dries-2578564

The Oldest Oil Painting in the World

Bamiyan is a town 240km(149miles) from Kabul, Afghanistan.  Scientists have proved the first-ever oil painting in the caves, hundreds of years before oil paint was used in Europe.  These samples of oil paintings, dating from the 7th century AD, were taken from the caves behind two statues of Buddha which is blown up by the Taliban in 2001.  The reason for that was because it was un-Islamic.
The scientist discovered paintings in 12 of the 50 caves were created using oil paints, possibly from walnut or poppy, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in France said.
This is the earliest clear example of oil painting in the world.  Drying oils were already used by Romans and Egyptians but only for medicine and cosmetics.
In the 13th century, European oil was added to paints and in early 15th-century oil paint was widely used in Europe.
The cave paintings were probably the work of artists traveling along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China, across Central Asia to the West.

Sources:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghan-paintings/worlds-oldest-oil-paintings-in-afghanistan-idUSISL26042420080422

Whisper Secrets on a Paper and Cover it with Paint…

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title:  “Whisper Secrets on a Paper and Cover it with Paint.”
Medium: A4 Paper Acrylics

This painting has frames.  I read on the internet a review of the movie in the “Mood for love.”  I got the idea from a Chinese movie which is directed by Wong Kar-wai and got an award for the Best Actor.
I use bright colors on this painting, die figures is in the frames totally stand out on the painting.  I am not sure why I use white, it looks like nuns.  Hahahahaha, but I like the decorative frame with the flowers and the other elements in red and blue and white.

In my opinion, this is a designer’s work, not a real painting this you can use for material print, like t-shirts and table clothes.  This is very ethnic and I want to try to break away from ethnic it starts getting boring.  I would like to go for a specific time period like the Celtic or Art Nouveau.

 I include the link and please listen to it, it is very nice.  She was one of my favorite singers when I was around 16 years old.
So the question is what is the secret?  Yes, there is a secret which is been whispered on the paper and I cover it with paint…

I listen today again to Laura Branigan’s song – Over you.

Framed Pots

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Framed Pots
Medium: A4 Paper Charcoal

I started with my first charcoal sketch which is pots.  The sketch has an Africa look and feel.  I play with the frame concept where I got the idea from the movie “In the Mood of Love” a Chinese movie which is directed by Wong Kar-wai and got an award for the Best Actor.
What the analysis is for “the double frames by placing objects in the foreground the director enhances the feeling that the characters have to be observed but also the viewer’s feelings.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Mood_for_Love
Everybody lives in frames sometimes the frames are made by us, sometimes it is made by others. Sometimes we need to believe it is made by us or by others. There is no way out of the frame.

I sprayed three coats, after the third one it did not smash anymore.
(Artwork was done 1 January 2017)  I signed it as Donjon.

Music listened to:

Today it is a warm sunny day I enjoy Laura Branigan  Song Cry Wolf (1988).

Graphics Trash in Notebook

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Graphics Trash in Notebook
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB

Today I studied Pierre-Yves Riveau a french pencil artist. He is also a designer and illustrator. His work is very good.  I do not do pencil sketches myself and more concentrate on oil paintings.  But I need to do something different then I draw.  I also like to do acrylics in that time.  I am not serious to sell it but I like to do the drawings.  I like to tease people with the most popular artworks in the world.  The reaction on twitter was very bad and did not get really got impressions on this artwork when I post it.

Yesterday I thought to bring small articles in on my blog, this is to tell people about other famous artists.  It will explain what they do and their work.
The pencil sketch is of Pierre Eves Riveau and I called it Graphics trash in a notebook.

Pierre-Yves Riveau the Artist

Pierre-Yves also know as Pez is an artist from Nantes(France).  He gets his inspiration from Graffiti and Pop Culture.  Pez is an Illustrator and Painter.  He is also known as a good designer he also creates with a tattoo style ornamentation.

He is now described as a genius in illustrator.  He is known for creating predictable stuff.  He produces “Distroy” a Disney Logo, which is a series of works of the character of Bart and Homer Simpson, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Super Mario. This is broadcast as globally pop-culture characters. These characters are transformed into a fun and cheerful characters.  It is not really for children but is very creative.

https://momentsjournal.com describes it as “capturing the dark side of the famous cartoon characters”.
My humble view of the Artist Pez. I don’t find pictures of the artist himself.  I only see his work this is up to this date, maybe later he will show his face more often.  He is not on twitter but on Instagram and Facebook.  His work is brilliant and he is a genius and his artworks are the most expensive artworks currently in the world.  This is what the internet said.  He gives a lot of attention to detail, it is very creative and I must say I would like to draw like him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dhTlv_Jo90

Sources:https://www.xamou-art.com/pierre-yves-riveau-also-known-pez
https://momentsjournal.com/pencil-drawings-pierre-yves-riveau-pez-cartoon-characters

Dark Summer

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Framed
Size: 750cm x 1050cm
Depth: 5.5cm
Weight: 4.8 Kg

I think my work is both to express the inner world (expressionism) and the feeling or experience (impressionism) combined with the abstract. This painting tells you about the Zulus living still in current times and in the past which is part of their culture what was. I think I paint the inner feeling of the black Zulu. The description of the detail of the ethnic which they were and still are living in.