Project: The 11 x 14’s #5

Title-’A Smaller Marble’

Project: The 11 x 14’s #5

Continuing a small break from the Monday 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s Project and posting six 11 x 14 inch paintings recently completed, this is the fifth of the six.

Due to next Monday’s Memorial Day celebration, I will return to the Monday Postings in June.

 

Image copyright Craig L Haupt

 

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Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s -“HEY!! Hands off the Marble”, Finished Painting

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Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s #9 by Craig L Haupt

 

Title-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble” Fourth sequenced post.

Posted is the HEY!! Hands….” Finished painting.

 

In the finished painting, I must admit, not all the fingers or palms/back of hands have patterns even though that was the initial intent. On the upper left hand, Ring finger, the green shapes merge into similar shapes to become fields of crops which then becomes an overhead scene of a farm.

The other area of no patterns is the overhead view of vehicles on a road, top right hand.

As mentioned last week, the background color on the ‘school visual’ was the white of the paper and this worked because of the hand and patterns being outlined with black marker. For the painting I opted for a darker rich color to push the hands forward as well as adding shadows to heighten the form of the hands.

The marble was no particular type of marble, just a generic blend of colors in a Sphere to offset the negative space in the center.

 

I will not Post for the next two weeks due to the celebrations of various Holidays’. Will return for the Posting of Painting Number 10 in January 2017. Be Good!! Be Safe!!

 

Art notes:
All images are copyright Craig L Haupt

 

12 + 12, 12 x 12’s-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble”, Progress Painting

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Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s #9 by Craig L Haupt

Title-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble” Third sequenced post.

Posted is the HEY!! Hands….” painting in progress.

As this post shows the preliminary stages for the ‘Hands’ painting, several issues are developing.

Whereas color choices for patterns used from the ‘school visual’ are already established, color decisions need to made for the newer chosen patterns.

As patterns are added to the base colors of the fingers and palms/back of hands, I also need to address ‘form’. An example of this can be seen on the thumb of the bottom right hand. Once a light source was established, I gradually darkened the blue and orange shapes to one side to give the thumb that sense of roundness.

The background color on the ‘school visual’ was the white of the paper and this worked because of the hand and patterns being outlined with black marker. For the painting, there are no outlines and a background color, I deem, is warranted to heighten the separation from the pattern design. As of this post I have a light color background but it doesn’t project the initial hand colors with any strength.

Next weeks ‘Final Painting’ Post with show my final choices for the remaining patterns, pattern colors, and background color. And yes, a marble still has to be added!
The project will be posted in the following sequence, 1st Monday-the sketch/doodle or related source from whence the painting has originated.
The second Monday-the 12”x12” pencil worksheet showing the intended painting.
The third Monday-a progress post of the painting.
The fourth Monday-the finished painting.
Then repeat.

Art notes:
All images are copyright Craig L Haupt

 

12 + 12, 12 x 12’s-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble”, The Worksheet

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Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s #9 by Craig L Haupt

Title-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble” Second sequenced post.

Posted is the 12” x 12” pencil Worksheet to be used for the ‘HEY!! Hands……” painting.

For the projected painting I decided on four traced hands (my hands, actual size). For the patterns, as I mentioned in last weeks post, I included several from the School Visual.

The worksheet shows some of the newer patterns added as well as some patterns (fingers that have very light markings) that I am still contemplating.

Also as mentioned last week, there is no narrative or theme that guided my choices of patterns and I also refrained from considering balancing the color scheme from hand to hand which might also have swayed the choices of patterns. In other words, except for the symmetry of the hand layout, I chose to be completely random in my pattern choices.

Not sure how this will work out.

 

The project will be posted in the following sequence, 1st Monday-the sketch/doodle or related source from whence the painting has originated.

The second Monday-the 12”x12” pencil worksheet showing the intended painting.

The third Monday-a progress post of the painting.

The fourth Monday-the finished painting.

Then repeat.

 

Art notes:

All images are copyright Craig L Haupt

 

12 + 12, 12 x 12’s-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble”, The Doodle

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Project: 12 + 12, 12 x 12’s by Craig L Haupt

Title-“HEY!! Hands off the Marble”  First sequenced post.

 

When I started this  12 + 12 Project, March 7th, the synopsis accompanying that first post, stated that for the 12 paintings in this project that I would select, they would be selected “from ‘doodles’ in my sketchbooks and other related sources”.

Well, this is one from ‘other related sources’.

I taught art at the elementary/middle school level for five years and one of the art lessons I used pertained to patterns, lots of patterns. The lesson called for students outlining their hand three times with each traced hand touching another and then adding patterns using Color Markers to create a design.

This posted image is the art visual I created (in 2002) and used as an example for the participating classes.

I have always wanted to do a finished drawing incorporating the hands/pattern format.

I have several worksheets from years past of different attempts and combinations of four, six, and even eight hands, but was never able to work out a finished drawing.

This project gave me an opportunity to try again. Next weeks post will show my selected layout and examples of various patterns I hope to use.

There are at least 11 patterns on this visual that I had always planned to use in a future finished drawing.

A final note, paintings completed so far for this project have incorporated various narratives, this painting is void of any narrative, save a minor one to accommodate a title.

 

The project will be posted in the following sequence, 1st Monday-the sketch/doodle or related source from whence the painting has originated.

The second Monday-the 12”x 12” pencil worksheet showing the intended painting.

The third Monday-a progress post of the painting.

The fourth Monday-the finished painting.

Then repeat.

 

Art notes:

All images are copyright Craig L Haupt

 

Journey to Ukazoo-Slide 22

 

 

Do You Want a Marble

Journey to Ukazoo

Slide 22: Do You Want a Marble

 

From the moment the first kids ran out the door, laughing and screaming as I made my way in, I knew I was in for an interesting stay at Leighton’s Bed & Breakfast in Sheridan, Wyoming.

The majority of the rooms were rented by three related families here for a reunion. Their children, seven in all, seemed more content to spend most of the next three days in the B&B’s spacious back yard playing rather than engaged in sightseeing with their parents.

Of the two rooms left, I took one and the other room, a suite, was rented to a family with just one son, Nori, who by contrast, was extremely shy and content to spend his time alone with his books.

Spending the first morning after breakfast, relaxing on the back porch with tea and a sketchbook, the kids were engaged in a game I hadn’t seen since my younger days, a long, long, long time ago. Marbles.

Lance, the older of the kids, was the principal marble player and was rather good at it.

During the Inn’s afternoon treats, set out by the Leighton’s, the subject of marbles came up. Nori, who had frequently glanced over his book to watch their marble playing, now quietly inched his way closer to the conversation. Lance brought out his “traveling” marble collection. There were the standards, Cat’s eyes, Clearies, Aggies, Tigers, Oilie’s and various larger Bowlers and Steelies. He also had a small wood box that housed his special “never to be played” marbles. Of those, two glass Bowler’s were very rare.

One was a clear glass German made “Sulphide”, encasing a small hand carved ivory alligator, and the other, made in Ohio in the early 1900’s, had a solid color of deep maroon, speckled with hints of copper, giving it a look and feel of stone. Both beautiful to gaze into.

With Nori, book in tow, now next to us infatuated with the marbles, Lance, looking up, suddenly changed the subject and inquired about the book Nori was reading. Without a word, he held out an advanced math book. Lance, continuing to initiate the conversation, told Nori that Math was his worst subject in school, he just couldn’t find a way to comprehend it.

Lance made Nori a deal, he would show him how to play marbles in return for some pointers on how to figure out the Algebra, Geometry and maybe even a little Trig. Nori, uncomfortable with this sudden social contact, reluctantly agreed.

During the second and third day, Nori slowly became actively engaged in the marble games and at one point shared a laugh much to the delight of the younger kids. In the evenings, he and Lance sat at the dining room table, scrap paper galore, engaged in pouring over math equations and different strategies.

Today, the fourth day, was departure time and with packing of the vehicles in full progress, Lance approached Nori, and opening his marble box took out the maroon/copper glass bowler.

With camera at hand, I took this picture as Lance handed Nori the rare marble as a parting gift, not just, Lance explained, for all his help with the math but for becoming a friend.

Nori, overwhelmed by this rare opportunity at friendship, gave assurances he would always be available by call or email to help with any math issues that may arise or just to chat.

A touching moment to say the least.

 

Art notes:

All images and text are copyright Craig L Haupt

Postings of “Journey to Ukazoo” Slides are every Monday Evening.