28 August, 2010
This barn is situated just a few miles from our turn off to Riverbend Circle. it is somewhat hidden in this culvert, but since Jim is usually driving-I look and look for scenes to paint. We actually stopped to take pictures of it one day instead of the usual "drive by" technique--it was worth the stop!
25 August, 2010
I did this one just for fun. I wanted to paint something that was all white so I could concentrate on the values. It is harder than you might imagine. My colors are too vivid and way too lavendar if you look at the photo. Getting a neutral gray is hard. Next time I do this I will use my color isolation tool and really try to mix the exact gray that I see. The color isolation tool is simply an old film canister with a 1/4" hole poked into the bottom. You look through the hole and isolate a color on your photo or set-up or landscape. Then try to match that color in your painting. By switching back and forth between the color on the photo and on the painting you can more easily determine if you need more yellow or red or blue in your mixture.
23 August, 2010
Well, the Art Stroll was hot but it didn't rain! Lots of people and lots of good comments but no buyers. Disappointing but it happens. I was a little depressed for about a day but that is all the time I can give to that foolishness. So I took 7 of my Guntersville Lake paintings to The Impressions Art and Frame store in Guntersville and they will be hanging in the front window this week. So back to work and here are 2 new paintings. Just loved the yellow bowl and cherries but the design didn't look complicated enough for a 12x12 so did it 8"x8"--just right. The other is a view of driving in to Guntersville from Huntsville one evening. I love the night colors!
18 August, 2010
Our computer developed a virus and has been in the computer hospital for 3 days. It is all better now-thank goodness-you'd think it was a family member the way we have missed it! I am doing the last Art Stroll of the summer in Huntsville tomorrow. Just hope it doesn't rain. These three new paintings will be included in that. I really like the Red Barn. It was one of those paintings that just came together easily right from the start. I think it is the result of painting on a regular basis these days. Before when I was a working person, I had to paint on the weekends or in the evenings for an hour or two after supper. Now I can devote a 4 or 5 hour chunk of time most every day if I wish and now I am reaping the benefits fo all that practice!
09 August, 2010
Decided to do a little more complicated still life this time. Lots of textures in this one--shiny plate, textured cheese, shiny cherries, and matte apples. I like the lighting in this one too. Dramatic lighting is really what makes a still life interesting. Its the play of highlights and shadows that make the shapes come to life.
03 August, 2010
Today I spent about 2 hours finishing up this painting. Mostly I worked on that apple to get that acid green and soft highlight looking right. Also added some green into the front fold of the fabric that the still life sits on. Actually added a few acid green touches in several places to balance that apple. When you have a strong color like that acid green, it needs to be repeated or else it becomes too important. As one of my wise teachers told me--the eye is drawn to singular things. For instance if you have a black sheet of paper and one white dot on it--the eye will go directly to the dot. Same thing if you have a white sheet of paper with a black dot. So if the apple is the only thing in the painting that is green then the eye will be drawn to that and not appreciate the entire painting. Now I will let this dry for 24 hours and then paint on a coating of Liquin as a sealer. It also brings out the colors that can be a little chalky when dry. I like this little still life. Hardest thing to do is stop. Overworking kills a painting so I try to learn a little with each one rather than expect myself to produce a masterpiece--ain't happening--and wouldn't be any fun anyway! Main thing is to enjoy the process and that I really do.
02 August, 2010
Here is the palette that I use. White, cad yellow medium, cad yellow deep, cad red light, alizarin crimson, veridian green and cobalt blue. Some times I use a few more but with these you can make any color. I pour a blob of Liquin on the palatte too and mix a little into all my mixtures as a drying agent. Later I will use it as a sealing varnish. To start the painting I usually choose something simple and actually try to make it look good. It gives me confidence that I can continue that throughout the painting. Some artists try to block in the basic colors but since I have a nice drawing to go by, I can take my time and move from area to area as I wish. I usually try to put in my darkest color first which is the stem and leaves of the flower here. I painted the flower first, then the apple leaving the jar for last. I can then be sure to include colors of the apple and the flower inside the jar which gives the whole group a unity. I painted for about 5 hours and now the canvas is pretty wet, so i will let it dry overnight and tomorrow I will work on making the background more exciting, punch up the highlights and clean up the darks.
Well, my sister is anxious for her art lessons so here goes! I am a little nervous just hoping after I give all this advice that I don't produce a "clinker"! It happens, believe me. I will send the email as the painting progresses. These first photos are the set-up. First I put down an under color to get rid of the white canvas. I like Cadmium Red Light and mix it with a little Liquin so it dries in 24 hours. I mix all my colors with Liquin so I get the convenience of drying but retain the lush colors of oil.
So the next day when my canvas is dry I can draw on my still life or whatever. I always do a value drawing first to decide on my design. I liked the jar in one photo but liked the flower in another so combined the two. I take alot of time with my drawing. Not the details but just the big shapes and where i want them. Terrible to get a painting almost done and realize the house or whatever is too high too low too left or right! I redrew the flower in this still life 3 times to get it in the right place. Where it overlaps the jar is important-that little area will lead your eye into the jar and over to the apple. Its just visual transportation!
Now I am ready to paint--see you later!