Sherrie addresses the importance of size and placement of the subject. First an artist must realize what the visual idea is, and then this concept guides every decision from that moment forward. The idea determines the size canvas you choose as well as the composition to express that idea. From an abstract beginning, Sherrie magically simplifies the nude onto a small board. You won’t be able to wait to break out paints and brushes to try to paint flesh for yourself!
Sherrie gives a short history about the differences between the language of painting and drawing and why they each developed very differently.
Then she startles us by beginning with an abstract idea of how light travels in the painting, slowly developing it into the anatomy—not the other way around! She emphasizes how important it is to develop drawing skills so that you will feel freer while painting and will avoid getting mired by drawing concerns. She drops the shadows into the light so that the painting maintains a ‘bigger’ quality using fewer, simpler shapes. She also stresses the importance of laying a lot of paint onto the surface.
Then she addresses the use of changing temperature to keep the value design strong and yet still create dimension on a flat surface.
This poetic interpretation of the nude in oil is a thrilling and not-to-be-missed video!