By JENNIFER CAUDILL
Warsaw Artist Forum
The Warsaw Artist Forum met Sept. 25, to listen to guest speaker Steve Johnson’s presentation on the “Value Structure in Art.”
Johnson explained that a preliminary sketch is a vital part of the artistic process. The design and planning before starting a composition can prevent creative stumbling blocks along the way. “So many artists start painting and get frustrated in the middle of the composition. Take out the guesswork by establishing values and shapes before you begin.”
Johnson also explains the importance of researching your subject matter before beginning a work of art. “The more you know, research, and live the subject you are painting or drawing, the more successful your artwork will be.”
Johnson used examples of values and tonality by showing artwork by Andrew Wyeth and Phillip Jamison. “You can’t replicate a photo reference and expect it to be a good composition. Establish a visual balance between the lights and darks. Make it a painting, not a replication.”
Johnson worked for 38 years in the advertising agency. He now devotes his time to painting watercolor portraits of Northern Indiana Farmsteads.
The next Warsaw Artist Forum meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 30, at The Bowling Alley, Spare Room, 1535 N. Detroit St, Warsaw.
Those with art related interests are encouraged to attend. More information can be found at www.artistforumgroup.com.