30 December, 2009
This will start a new series of Riverwalk paintings at Christmas. I love the way the lights transform the Riverwalk at Xmas. My gallery in Huntsville, Alabama--the Mill Villa Gallery, will begin its show with my still life paintings on Jan 1. The show will be up for 3 months and I have several new still lifes ready in case of sales--This is a new venue for me so can only hope it does well.
24 December, 2009
Finished all my portraits and so happy that the client loved them. Portraits are a little tricky because often you do not know the people and are working from photos only. So I always make sure that the client is happey with the photo first! Anyway got those done and managed to fit in one more painting before Xmas. I really like this one. It has a real night glow that I love to capture.
20 December, 2009
Have been drawing like crazy to get these portraits ready for Xmas. They are done on an acid free board and I use various pencils from a #2 school grade pencil to a DEsign pencil called Ebony. Also use Faber-Castell 6B and 7B. I also use a projector to block in the basic shapes. This saves me alot of time and erasing. Erasing graphite is a messy business and having the right shapes at the start keeps the portrait fresh. For those who might think that using a projector is cheating, I challenge them to try it sometime. What you are given is a sketchy cartoon--the shading and nuances of expression and personality are up to the artist.
11 December, 2009
Christmas is coming fast and I have 4 pencil portraits to do before the 25th. Also trying to keep up with the Riverwalk paintings. Went down the river last night and got lots of wonderful shots of the xmas lights-so much fun. Have joined the San Antonio Visual Artists group and have 3 paintings in their River Center show this month. It is in the River Center Mall right at the street entrance on Commerce Street. Lovely venue.
02 December, 2009
Last year my friend Mary Ellen Matthews gave us a calendar made from photos that she took while on a trip to Africa. We have enjoyed that calendar so much and it got me thinking about making a calendar using my Riverwalk paintings as a gift for our families for Christmas. So I had a few made up and they turned out so nice, that I got to thinking that other people might like them as a gift also to give to friends and family that live here in San Antonio. So I am now offering this San Antonio Riverwalk 2010 Calendar featuring 12 of my original Riverwalk paintings for sale for $20.00 each. I guess I will have to add $5.00 for mailing so $25.00 total. Here is a preview of the cover and each month. Sorry some of the pics are not very squared up properly, but I hope you can get and idea of how it looks. It is a standard size of 8 1/2" x 11" and the date pages have plenty of room for writing. All the national holidays are noted just like a real professional calendar!
18 November, 2009
Am having a wonderful month at the River Art Group Gallery. Have sold 6 paintings this month! Really makes me happy to know that people from all over the US are taking my paintings home and hanging them as reminders of their time here in San Antonio. Now that I am retired and have more time to devote to my artwork, I am looking into participating with the San Antonio Visual Arts group too.
12 November, 2009
Love the light in this one. I am trying very hard to do as Richard Schmid suggests. That is to start out right away getting the right values and colors and shapes rather than just blocking in aproximations and then going back and making corrections. He also suggests that you start with a simple shape and color. Something you are sure of and build on that. So I started with the background and the two brightest spotlights in the background, then worked forward. There is something to getting it right the first time as I finished this one in one sitting!
09 November, 2009
I loved that first Sanantomatios that I did for the San Antonio Art League donation-so decided to do another one--always trying to improve on color and brushwork. Feel like this is fresh and bold and very San Antonio! Will be working on more Riverwalk pieces now and also just finished a pencil portrait of my daughter and her fiance--just in time for their wedding on the 21 of this month. I will post that soon.
26 October, 2009
Two more new Riverwalk paintings. Guess I will do Alabama paintings while in Texas as we leave for San Antonio in a few days. Wanted to paint some of the beautiful trees here but the fall colors didn't develop soon enough--too much rain this year they tell me.
18 October, 2009
My latest still life-just love the challenge of the glass and shapes you can play with in a still life. Great news--I have a gallery in Huntsville now. I will be showing my still life paintings at Mill Villa Gallery in the Lowe Mill art center in Huntsville. The Lowe Mill is an old manufacturing plant that has been divided up into spaces for artist's studios. This gallery is also there and I was very impressed with the quality of artwork they were showing so decided to take the plunge and see if they would carry my work. Happily they loved my paintings. This art complex has only been open since May so it is a new venture for the city. I think it will do well. Huntsville is known as the rocket city because of the NASA connection and has faired much better economically than many other cities in these times.
09 October, 2009
Do you think I should have skipped the number 13? I am not so supersticious so am letting it go! Tomorrow is my birthday and we are planning to do art things all day. Will go to the Flying Monkey Arts Center in Huntsville and see if that would be a good venue for my work. Also want to see the Huntsville art League and they are having an artist's market also in Huntsville. Then we will have a nice dinner out and I can't think of a better birthday except maybe one where you could subtract a year or two--but then you might lose what you had learned those years--so not a good deal!
04 October, 2009
Here I have tried to implement Schmid's advice to put your darkest darks and brightest brights in your focal point. I decided my focal point would be the bartender in the middle section of the restaurant. Although there are other brights, the bartender is in more detail and has the most color and sharpest edges. I think it is starting to work.
30 September, 2009
This is more to my liking than the lake painting. Have now done 5 in the still life series. Trying to implement some of the Richard Schmid principles, but so much to remember--values, edges, drawing, focus on and on. I guess if it were easy we wouldn't be so fascinated by it!
Can't say this is one of my favorites. Too pinky and blue with no punch from a compliment but evening views are sometimes like that because the pink light and blue sky cools everything down. Just finished reading Richasrd Schmid's book, Alla Prima, and loved it. So much good advice if it were only easy to do!
23 September, 2009
Just finished this scene of a gorgeous sunset. We were on our way home from Austin after visiting my daughter and new grandson in Austin when we got caught in a terrible freeway gridlock. We were moving just inches at a time so i decided to make lemonade out of lemons as they say and started snapping pics of the beautiful night sky. I got several wonderful shots to make into paintings and this is the first. The next painting is one I have done before but decided to do again because it looks very much like the country around here in Alabama so am recycling so to speak!
16 September, 2009
Always trying to stay ahead of the Riverwalk demand. Really love doing these Riverwalk at Night ones--what a good exercise for creating light. I believe they have helped all aspects of my painting to improve. Also like the diversion of skipping around from still life to landscape to genre vingettes like this one--variety is what i love!
15 September, 2009
I am getting into naming these still lifes. We are back in Alabama at the lake house. So cool and green compared to the Texas that we left. I am missing my little grandson but my son in law is keeping me up to date with photos that i tape to the wall near my easel. Makes me smile as does this new still life!
04 September, 2009
03 September, 2009
In this still life I decided to try something that I often see in Carol Marine's work. That is using the colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. In this cvase I used orange and red as the dominant scheme. Its harder to make it interesting because you don't have that compliment to make things pop,so the values are very important.
27 August, 2009
This will be a series of still lifes on a 12"x12" gallery wrapped canvas. I think I'll take these to Alabama with me when we go in September and try to find a gallery in Huntsville to represent me. Unlike the Riverwalk pieces these are not location specific so should do well wherever. However I do want to do some Alabama specific things too--like some lake paintings and more barns. Lots of choices but I feel the still lifes are the perfect learning tool. Am seeing an improvement in color intensity and in edge handling so plan to do more of these. The still lifes will sell for $275 plus mailing if bought off my blog site. If interested in purchasing just leave a comment on pamelaclarkson.blogspot.com.
21 August, 2009
Am loving these still lifes. Think I will take a break from the Riverwalk pieces and do a series of these 12x12 gallery wrapped still lifes. Will make a nice series and so good for lost an found edges as well as boosting color creativeness. By that I mean that you can take great liberties with still lifes and stretch your bounderies. I am always trying to loosen up. In this piece I see now that the tomato to the left has an awkward and hard boundary on its right side so will have to redo that!
09 August, 2009
We are back in San Antonio and great excitement as my oldest daughter, Cindy and her wonderful husband, Mark, have just become parents of a 7 lb. 4 oz baby boy named Benjamin Carter Hart. This is my first grandchild so I am over the moon--just call me Granny!!
The San Antonio Art League is having a fund raiser in November. They have asked many local artist to contribute a gallery wrapped 12x12 painting to be auctioned off. This still life will be my contribution. I am thrilled to be included and will send you all and e-vite for the opening reception. Maybe you can help me with a title as I am so bad at that. The colors reminded me of the fiesta celebration we have in San Antonio every year, but something more witty would be good--help!
My good friend Anne Hayes suggested San Antomatios for a title and I just loved that so there you are! Thanks Anne and also Beverly and Barbara who also had good suggestions.
30 July, 2009
28 July, 2009
Our stay in Alabama is almost over for now. We leave for San Antonio soon but will be back in September. This painting is of a view from my friend's ranch out by Helotes. Anyway--thought you might like to see how I set up for a painting. First I take lots of photos and mask off using painters tape. This is how I determine my basic shape for the painting and zone in on the focal point. Then I do a value drawing and often shuffle things around and simplify to get my final design. I find by doing the sketch I often will notice shapes and colors that I didn't notice before. I then can exagerate or eliminate to make a stronger design. For instance in this painting I made the background mountain have a more graceful shape and added some variation in the sky color.
13 July, 2009
10 July, 2009
Another bridge and I love it! Have been taking lots of pictures of barns here in Alabama as well as lake photos. I am going to be painting alot of green here so the red barns are a nice counter point. But for now i am trying to stockpile some Riverwalk paintings as I sell them as fast as i paint them--love that River Art gallery in La Villita--don't miss it when you go to the Riverwalk!
07 July, 2009
Here we are in Guntersville, Alabama. The photo is our view of the lake literally a few steps from our back patio. We see wild geese every morning and are warned not to feed--don't worry--geese are mean but might be pretty to paint! I have just finished my first painting here--a Riverwalk scene I'll call Under the Trees. I have set up my paints where i have pretty much this same view of the lake--incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The temps have been high 80's but by 730 at night it is wonderfully cool and breezy and perfect for walking. I think we will enjoy our month here and many more to come.
26 June, 2009
Am trying something new by using this gallery wrapped canvas. I think it gives a more contemporary feel to the painting and certainly helps the cost by not requiring a frame. So often by the time you pay for paint, canvas, frame and gallery commission--your net is very small. I have done this image before but added the bluebonnets this time. Some images are just haunting and I love this one.