Thursday, January 16, 2014

A new plan ...

Last year in evaluating my work I realized I needed a refresher class with some of the basics.  I am a big fan of  Elizabeth Floyd's work and found the 4 week class she was offering a perfect solution to my art needs.

This year I've decided that my newest art goal is to work hard at better brush handling as well as work on gaining more confident brush strokes.

In following Elizabeth's work she has been sharing some beautiful 'cloudscapes'.  Small works full of confident bold brush handling and in seeing her small cloudscapes I realized that would be a great subject to help me with my goals. What better way to achieve my new goals than to pick a subject and paint it until your eyes become crossed, right?  Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but, for awhile I am going to paint and repaint the same subject.  Clouds. Thats right, clouds.  

Although each cloud is different the subject will be the same.   I will look through my photos starting there … working on one after another.  Looking for different colors and values as I paint … remembering to paint with confidence.

I hope you will stick with me as I start this series of cloud studies.  I promise to try hard on my goals and to get better as I work on this series  I hope you will share your thoughts on the studies as I post them.

Below Cloud Study #1:

~ Cloud Study #1 ~

~ Cloud Study #1 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"


  1. Wonderful new plan and the look of your blog is so nice!

  2. Clouds are a favorite theme of mine, although I don't paint them often I do use them in calligraphic drawings. I'll email one to you. PS: love your new blog header.

  3. love the ethereal look of the clouds! I love Liz Floyd...she is a fabulous and accomplished artist as well as one of the nicest people I have ever met. Her blog posts about Copying at the National gallery of Art inspired me to apply. She was very kind and guided me through the process. I should take her online class also! Great way to start your new year!