Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Also on Monday, I had the special pleasure of painting four siblings, separately, all of them with their family resemblance, but entirely unique. It was great fun spending the time with them, and trying to portray something of their characters. We'll have to see about permission to post the images, but thought I'd share the experience. Hope I'll have the opportunity to paint them again someday. Aloha!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Seems I've started a lot of paintings lately, and am going to have to limit myself to finishing some in the next two weeks....wish me luck. Aloha!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Of course most artists copy the works of others as part of their "learning process"...at least that's the story. Really, it's about love! You love it, you paint it, and then you know it. Painting is an intimate act of knowing. Thinking along these lines reminds me of the quote....
“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum 1937.
Well, I think we sometimes learn to understand that which we love, whether taught by others or by experience or by reflection. Knowing, loving, and understanding all go together. This painting is "after" Kandinsky's Marienplatz...and it was in the painting of my version that I came to care for it and to "get" it. I've heard various people claim to not even see art, as though it were so much background; it's invisible to them. I didn't "get" Picasso until I forced myself (quite literally) to slow down and look and look and look again at books full of reproductions. Suddenly, one day, my brain flipped a switch. I got it. Vision happens in the occipital cortex, not in the eyes. It's a great place to be...hope you enjoy. Aloha...
Also orange are the latest pet members of the family. We now have two goldfish, who very nearly didn't survive the new tank set-up. Had some panicked water adjustments and our little friends have decided to stay, in all their splendid colors of gold, black and white. Hoping they will return to some of the previous attractiveness, so they will be comfortable posing. Aloha!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Then started in on a new painting whose subject has been so insistent on emerging the last two months, that I think I may end up with my first series...of sheep. Reminds me of the little lamb I raised from Day One....nothing could get your attention like that bleating! Aloha, Friends!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This is the first monochrome value study/underpainting that I've tried, for the Daily Paintworks Challenge this week. The entire painting is Burnt Umber and ...nothing! For now, that is. Back to the Wild Things! Aloha...
Had wanted to post before midnight (since I painted this on Saturday), but I love my new Turtlewood Palette so much that I take very good care of it, and had to clean everything up first. Try one of these palettes if you get a chance at http://turtlewoodpalettes.com/. Handmade in Tennessee, light as a feather, with all kinds of room to mix. And your hand will still work after painting. Aloha!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Working on this week's portrait...all the light disappeared, so putting it back! Just to share for those who haven't taken up a paintbrush (yet?)...the paint really changes as it dries sometimes (but not all throughout or in the same degree, depending on the pigment). All part of the dance. Aloha!
Monday, May 16, 2011
One new portrait started, again from Tom Edgerton's class. Paul was nice enough to "sit" in when the schedulled model didn't make it, so a big thank you to him. And a revision (more a continuation) on the self-portrait for DPW. And revised the painting from the DPW color challenge. This painting has been bugging me constantly and I considered giving up on it, but I really wanted to explore this. Since I'm new to oils, this was my first major "wipe out", meaning I just removed a lot of paint (the entire background and the tilted glass and camellia), before repainting. Much happier with it now! All of these are still wet, so may post better photos later, but it was a fun day to play with paint. Aloha!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Finally, a chance to paint! Have been working full time (the alter-ego life) the last few weeks...so was delighted that my friend Karen came over to paint this evening. She is working on a wonderful rooster still life (truly "nature morte" since the rooster is a taxidermy specimen). And I jumped right into this week's Daily Paintworks challenge. Always wanted a gray kitten like this! Had Modigliani's Gypsy Woman with Baby in my head the whole time because of the wonderful grays and red, but the of course a different technique. Will be falling into a more regular schedule now, so hope to post more often. Thanks for following! Aloha!
Monday, May 9, 2011
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Sunday, May 1, 2011
The conference has been remarkable! I've gotten to meet some of the finest artists that live, and they have been gracious, fun, inspiring, and instructive. As have all the attendees that I've met (definitely hope to see you all again!). The paintings are so moving and of such profound technical merit, that I wish I could share them all. Check out the Society website and enjoy. Aloha!