Do you know the work of Alfred Wallis? I didn't either until I found his art in Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.
He was born in 1855 and died in 1942. His paintings are an excellent example of naïve art; perspective is ignored and an object's scale is often based on its relative importance in the scene. This gives many of his paintings a map-like quality. Wallis painted his seascapes from memory, in large part because the world of sail he knew was being replaced by steamships. As he himself put it, his subjects were "what use To Bee out of my memery what we may never see again..." Having little money, Wallis improvised with materials, mostly painting on cardboard ripped from packing boxes using a limited palette of paint bought from ships' chandlers.
Welcome - THE WONKY TEAPOT
|The Wonky Teapot|
encaustic on panel
For some reason, I could not get the yellow in this photo to look like it does in person. It really is Naples yellow. I learned a lot from this Wonky Teapot..
- Perspective does matter - to me. I'm so rusty on it that I have to retrain myself. While I love the naïve art style... its hard for me to paint that way.
- I was so excited to get started that I threw out the idea of starting with a sketch, drawing and figuring out the composition, etc. Really, all of the important stuff was forgotten. I just freehanded and dove in. - Not the best way to go. It set me up for lots of rework and composition issues.
- I paint from photos, not from real life. This one is real life - first attempt and it has its troubles.
- Encaustic (wax) painting is difficult ... sometimes the wax just has a mind of its own and you've got to roll with it. Rolled here... rolled a lot. Once it gets overworked - it really doesn't want to cooperate
- Limited palette - good.