Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I've almost completed my list of Christmas chores and have started giving thought to what I may want to accomplish with my art in 2010. Although I usally have goals I hope to accomplish I find if I tell people, I almost always fail. Like, 'the secret's out, no use doing that now' way of thinking. I've had a successful year with my art and because of that I am feeling more confident that some of my goals will be obtainable.
What about you, care to share?
- Are you thinking of some artist goals you'd like to accomplish this next year?
- Are you taking stock of all that you did accomplish in 2009?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
For our last watercolor class of the 6 weeks, I made each person an accordion sketchbook, approx. size of each page is 5" x 4". We started off with some un-intimidating paper and drew stick figures with our pencil. After a number of these we then progressed to using one color using our watercolor pigment and drawing stick figures. When we felt comfortable we added clothing to our stick figures. Finally, we were confident enough to use our new sketchbooks using photo references I had cut out of from numerous magazines. We proceded to add a fully clothed watercolored figure (with no facial details), one to each page in our new sketchbooks.
I found out later, when I had mentioned that we were going to paint people in class 6, a couple of students thought they might not come to that class. Some others were dreading it. It just didn't sound like fun to them. Before the class was over they all admited that it was one of the best classes.
This was such a fun exercise to do. If you haven't tried people painting yet, give it a try. It grows on you with each figure you paint.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
During the first week-end of October, Harstine Island has an Apple Squeeze celebrating the season with fresh cider, numerous crafters and a country band. This also marks the last of the Farmers Markets for the year and although I didn't participate in any of the earlier Farmers Markets I did take advantage of this event and set-up my tent this week-end. It was beautiful out and there were a lot of folks enjoying the days events. Along with my note cards, I had taken and displayed a few of my newer works and was so pleased when someone bought my "Jarrell's Cove Store" painting.
Lately I've been asked if would consider teaching some watercolor classes and I've heard from so many artists that this is a great way not only to share your knowledge with others, but to grow as an artist also. Sooooo, I'm in the process of deciding what all I need to do to get ready for this latest adventure. Please, I accept all suggestions ....
Where I'll be:
- On October 31 from 10-3, I will be at 'Arts and Flowers' here on the island for their annual open house. I'll have a few new things as well as my cards to show. Drop by if you are in the area.....
- Also, on November 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I will once again be at the annual Holiday House Bazaar here on Harstine Island. This is a huge event that everyone looks forward to....
Hope to see you soon .........
This constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy. ~~~ Kerry Gleeson
Monday, September 21, 2009
Although I haven't been doing much serious art recently, here is a recent sketch from my 8" x 8" sketchbook I made some time ago. I used Arches 14o lb. paper with mat board front and back cover and I had it spiral bound at Kinko's.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Back in May, I mentioned that I wanted to explore water and reflections this summer. So I looked through some photo's I had taken on our vacation and found a photograph of some water and rocks that looked challenging yet if I cropped it down it may not be impossible for me to paint. So, on the back of a used ready to throw out really awful painting, I took my pencil and roughly drew out an 8 inch square and proceeded to draw what I wanted to show in my painting.
In the first photo you can see where I've started my drawing and have started masking out the areas I wanted to keep light.
When I started working on the rocks I lost most of my pencil lines yet should have stopped and drawn them in so I wouldn't wander aimlessly. There are so many factors I should have considered ...
Below is the painting. Along side the painting you can see my photo reference. I cropped the photo about middle bottom for my painting. I'm not going to continue. It's too far gone for that, but I have accomplished finding my creative spirit once again. Just getting started at a painting seemed to make me want to keep painting. Also, because I do want to do more work involving water I'm feeling confident that I could paint this again and do a better job.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
After finishing the dog commission I posted last week, I think, by far, that a portrait has to be the most difficult subject for me to paint. Because we have met this person or studied the likeness we strive to make sure they are recognized as that person. The features need to be recognized by friends and loved ones. The portrait needs to be personal. And that's why I think they are the most difficult subject for me to paint. But, when I see work done by talented artists such as portrait and figure artist Peggy Habets they make it look so easy.
This painting is of an adodrable grandaughter of a woman I worked with, one of my first portraits done a few years ago.
- Time of day. Was it morning, afternoon or evening? I should have written this information in a margin.
- What direction was the sun coming from? A small arrow in one corner of the paper would have helped with this. How could the sailboat be in that much shade?
- What was the temperature when I started this sketch? It appears to be a hot sunny day by the color of the sand and shadows of the trees in the sand, but, I really don't remember. Another small note in the margin would have helped.
- Where was this? It looks familiar to me, yet I can't remember the name of this cove.
As you can tell, I'm not in the habit of taking notes when I sketch, but, I think if I would write some improtant facts down on my sketches it would in turn help me 'see' those important details in my paintings.
Do you have any suggestion's as to what else I should note when sketching? Do you take notes when you sketch? Are your sketches an important part of your paintings?
Monday, July 27, 2009
I've completed my commission of Beau. I was pleased with the results of this portrait and although I don't often do portraits, this one came together pretty easy. He's a handsome Australian Sheep Dog and it was a pleasure to try to capture his look on paper. Note, he has one eye that is pink and the other is black.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
"Starry Night A tribute to Van Gogh . The song was a tribute to Van Gogh. This is so worth sitting and watching....You'll marvel at the song and paintings! I Heard the song many times before, but until I saw this presentation, I was clueless that this song was written for Vincent Van Gogh, as a tribute by Don Mc Lean, in the?seventies.It is rumored that Van Gogh's painting of the 'starry nights' was painted during the time he was in an asylum and that he sold only one painting during his lifetime as he was not recognized. That's perhaps what caused him to fall into an abyss of depression which eventually led to his suicide ......... how tragic to have felt so hopeless and misunderstood in spite of being so gifted! Sit back and be enthralled by the works [paintings] of Vincent Van Gogh. "
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Although I have not been doing any of the art work I had originally thought my summer would be filled with, mainly water scenes, I have been busy with some new commission's. I have been asked to illustrate a children's book and since I know nothing about illustrating, let alone illustrating for a children's book, this has brought on a lot of research. I've been reading everything I can find that might help me and I think I'm off to a pretty good start. Here is a photograph of a few of the sketches I've put down on some office card stock, just trying to get some idea of what the characters may look like.
Also I have a commission to paint a portrait of an Australian Sheepdog.
I have a full plate don't you think?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Great Blue Heron #1, 5" x 5" watercolor
There are so many wonderful artist's here locally that I was truely surprised when I found out I had received this award. I couldn't be happier.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
This is a painting I briefly talked about having started back in March on the 17th. Today after working on it awhile I see I'm starting to obsess about every little detail, so for now I'll stop.
This paper came from a block that had not been properly sized and watercolor is absorbed immediately... instead of throwing it away I decided I'd gesso the front and see if I couldn't be used that way. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it ... but need to remember that the paint doesn't sink in at all now ... making it easy to lift off.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I think, for now, I'm done with my bird series. I find it hard to concentrate on painting the birds with my usual uptight detail painting style if I'm also wanting to paint more loosely.
I also have another painting started with the drawing down on the watercolor paper and some whites saved with masking fluid, but now I'm anxious to try to paint it looser than normal tendency's. Wish me luck.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
In this sketchbook photo I used the white of the paper for my whites and lightest values, then the 50% grey pen for the next value, and lastly the black Sharpie to indicate the shadow/darkest value.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I ususally don't take advantage of thumbnail work, but decided I'd try a few, working out my values and colors.
This photo above is where I stopped. I let it set a while wondering where it was missing "something".
This is the same as the first photo....... finished after adding some value here and there. I am pretty happy with the results of my drawing. It may not be photo realistic but it has something I am pleased with. I wish I had taken a photo of the drawing before I added some pigment. I will definately continue with my contour drawing.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
These two works are really from one original plein air painting I did some time ago. I was never happy with the painting but for some reason I didn't throw it out like I should have. I had seen a painting in a gallery that had a similar treatment done to it where with every tonal change on the painting a gold line was drawn around it. (I wonder if the artist was as unhappy with her painting as I was with mine?) It was really quite attractive so I thought I'd see if I couldn't save this painting by trying the same method. I didn't like the original composition so first I divided the painting in two and found I liked them each better apart than one painting, then used a gold gel pen to show the tonal changes. I don't think it helped the painting much but I did enjoy the process. Click on the bottom photo to enlarge, for some reason the other photo doesn't ... not sure why.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Going through my reference photo's this one caught my eye. I was still using my 'no pressure' talk to myself, but found I was starting to get a little nit-picky. This was actually sketched on Sunday but didn't have time to post it.
Again yesterday afternoon we were hit with at least an inch of snow. This caught most of us off guard, but I was already thinking I should take some more photo's of the snow. Fortunately when I awoke this morning it was just about all melted.