This week we received 3 email questions and here they are with their answers.
Q. “I love reading this column and I am thinking about taking up painting as a hobby. Do you have any suggestions?”
A. There is an old art saying, “Don’t take up the brush until you know how to draw” so I would suggest you either get a beginner’s book on “How to Draw” or an art video on the same subject or start taking some art lessons. One needs a good base from which to start and believe it or not anyone can draw once they know shapes, dimensions and prospective.
Q. “I recently heard someone say the words “Albertian Veil” in reference to art. Do you know what it is?”
A. In his small instructional book written with the intent to help men understand the process a great artist goes through to make a great painting, aptly titled “On Painting”, Leon Battista Alberti values circumscription of the form on the canvas to be the primary of three elements essential to a good painting. In other words, he values the accurate rendering of the outline of the figure/space to be of utter importance, for even a beautifully shaded human whose skin looks alive and whose robes feel as though one could reach out and feel the ripples as it cascades to the floor; even such a flawless rendering of light and shade would not amount to a great painting if the arm was twice as wide as the leg and the head half the size of the hand. An accurate initial rendering is key.
That said, Alberti recommends to his readers the use of a veil, a grid through which one could peer and align the paints and curves of the subject to boxes on the veil, and by proxy, to the grid on the canvas. So the “Albertian Veil” used to capture proper angles and perspective; is a handy tool used by the old masters that is easy to make and use in your work!
Q. “I am thinking of going to my first craft fair. Do you have any suggestions?”
A. Lots of them, but the first one is you want people to recognize your stall and your business name, so be sure to get a bright and bold banner or sign printed before the fair. Hang this on the front of your table to catch the eye of passers-by. I will try to cover more next week.
Do you have questions?Just post them below. Avalon Stained Glass Studio offers free tours and demonstrations and art workshops.