Failure Teaches Success
Hello, there! Long time no see! I recently think that I always say “Long time no see” to y’all, lol.
I’m so happy because I finally can post this blog entry today! Woot!!
Today’s entry is a portrait!!!!
After I returned to Japan from America last time, I started practicing a portrait with Jane Marks’s studies and her colors. I like her colors because it’s very smooth for painting. Since I took her portrait class at the GA school in America, I have become a big fan of her portraits and colors. I think her colors are especially good for painting Caucasion people like Victorian ladies, babies and little girls and boys. I also think it’s good for us to practice different angles of portraits with her studies. When I was in the GA school, I painted a front side portrait. The light sauce was also from the front side. I learned how to catch the shadows and lights on the face. This time I wanted to practice a different angle of portrait, and I chose her. Her angle is slightly a side face, and light sauce is from the right side. I thought it wasn’t difficult for me to paint her, but my idea was wrong!!!!!!
Look at the second picture! I fired her twice and burned her lip color and lost her skin color. I fired her at a temperature that Jane mentions in her studies. However, I lost some yellow and red colors and burned them. I asked my painting friends which temperature was the best for her colors. I tried again and I lost them again…… I added some yellow and red colors and lost them back and forth many times. And then, I realized that I couldn’t fix the piece. I gave up keeping on painting on the piece and test fired all her colors on the rear side of the plate.
It seemed to be good for me, and I fired my second piece for her (I mean I repainted her on the other tile, and that is my finished piece.) at the same temperature. My first fire was good. I could keep the colors, but I lost some yellow and red again at my second fire. At the time, I almost lost my motivation to keep on painting her. It was really frustrating for me. I know that my kiln is a digital kiln. I don’t need to control anything like opening a lid of the kiln, controling temperatures or whatever. On the other hand, I can’t control anything. I can’t open the lid, control the firing time, maturing time or whatever. It’s sometimes convenient, but it sometimes inconvenient. In this case, it was quite inconvenient!!!
After I lost yellow and red again, I asked my friends again. I received a lot of good advice and ideas from my painting friends! I really appreciate them! Even thought my Texan friend isn’t a painter, he also helped me! Thank you, Matt!!! A friend of mine, Emilie asked to Jane Marks about my problem. She was also surprised at my problem because she never ever had the problem for a long time. I think the digital kiln can’t create an air flow, and that’s is also the problem that I lost some colors. I tried to do all kind of things to create the air flow in my kiln.
I finally could solve the problem! It was a long way, and I took three weeks to conquer it!
Now, I’m thinking that I’d love to paint all Jane’s studies that I have because I can practice a lot of different angles portraits and light sauces with Jane’s colors to study her colors more. I really would love to improve my skills and knowledge in portraits. I guess I sometimes will become tired and bored to paint only her portraits, so I’d love to paint real people’s pictures that are good ones for Jane’s colors as well. This project is my goal for this year!
Next year, I’d love to use San Do’s portrait colors to study his colors. At the time I’d love to paint portraits from real people’s pictures with his colors.
I will go to America again to take San Do’s private class two days from now. I will take his still life class. I love painting still life with oil paints, but I haven’t tried to paint it on pottery. I’m really curious how to paint still life paintings on ceramics. I’m thinking that I’d love to buy all his colors to study how to paint still life paintings. While painting all his still life studies, I’d love to study how to paint still life on pottery next year! That’s is my next goal for next year!!!
I probably won’t be able to post anything in a month because I will be in America in a month! See you, everyone one month from now!!!