(To the left, please find a photograph depicting 19 days of kachina paintings in my fancy storage system - the guest bedroom floor. For reference, top right is #01, bottom right is #10, top left is #11, bottom left is #19.)
I've been asked to submit 4 photos of my recent work to a project that is currently too fresh to discuss - I promise to promote the heck out of said project when the time comes but for now it must remain hush-hush. In an attempt to narrow 20 down to 4, I looked at all of the kachinas together. In doing this, I noticed a trend toward more complicated, but not necessarily better, compositions. This lead me to want to go back to a simplified image for today's painting.
To achieve the light effect in the painting I used a flash light aimed directly at the head of kachina. I thought a great deal about how to orient the kachina and the light and what to exclude from the image. I wanted to mimic the long, exaggerated shadows of the early pieces and create an emotionally charged image. I think I succeeded. I believe that the result is successful because I was able to create the emotional charge I was hoping for with a very simply composition. I hope you like this image as much as I do!
By the way, the four images I chose to represent my recent work are day 4, 9, 12 and 16. Feel free to comment listing your choices for top four. It would be helpful to know how others rate the body of work.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
Other "one a day" painting blogs to check out:
Kellie Marian Hill
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