Gears!

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I painted these bike gears for the Exposure Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It was a great painting exercise for me this week.  I learned a lot from painting this, and was reminded of the importance of value studies!  Related to this, my painting teacher just reminded me yesterday to keep working on getting good contrast in my paintings by focusing on my values, getting the darks and lights right.  So, my plan is to follow his advice and work on a series of small, everyday objects in order to really study the values and transitions from dark to light.

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Bike Parts!

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This was a challenging one, but my obsession with bike parts marches on!

This week, my son and I had parallel love-hate relationships with bikes.  He had some great, huge smile days riding with no training wheels, as well as a couple epic meltdowns and a scraped knee.  I had a couple “ah-ha!” moments while painting the gears, as well as a moment where I almost wiped the whole thing off because I can’t quite get my spokes straight (grr!).  But we both soldiered on — he got back on his bike and I fixed my spokes as best I could.  We’ll both try again tomorrow, and (hopefully!) get better with practice.

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Chain and Spokes

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Over the past few weeks, my son has been learning how to ride his bike without training wheels, so it makes sense that my latest obsession is painting bike parts.  I don’t know much about the mechanics of bikes, but these shapes are interesting, fun, and challenging to paint!  Capturing the way sunlight bounces off of the metal pieces of chain and spokes is especially enjoyable, and an important aspect of portraying the shapes correctly.

I’m also playing around with my backgrounds.  When I was setting the ground for this painting, the paint went onto the board and immediately reminded me of a piece of wood.  So, I’ll be experimenting with that for at least a couple paintings in this series.

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Spokes

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I tried painting on gessobord for the first time with this one, and WOW – so fun to feel out how the paint moves around differently from when I paint on a canvas or canvas panelboard.  I love the way the paint effortlessly glides onto the surface, and because of that ease, I was able to adjust the angles of the spokes a little by blending the edges.  I think I’m hooked!

My very talented brother, Justin Pyatt, sent me the reference photo of a bike wheel for this one.  You may recall that he provided the reference photos for my Car Show series a couple months ago.  Thanks, Justin!!

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