Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This painting is based on the Upstate Artists Monthly Painting Challenge "Orange". Our group of local artists meet monthly to talk about art, create a painting based on a changing theme and enjoy lunch together. My orange stands above the last challenge object I painted and smugly says "Orange you glad I didn't say banana".
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I recently went to a demonstration by Laurie Greenbaum Beitch, a local pastel artist who gave lots of useful tips. For one, she uses workable fixative to set her colors and I'll have to buy some because at some point I couldn't lay down any more color even after I brushed some off. What I like about pastels is that it's fun drawing, and you don't have to invest a lot of time. This red-eyed tree frog has the look that says "Now what?"
Go to http://lauriegreenbaumbeitch.com/gallery.html to see Laurie's work.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This cow was drawn with my new Nupastels on Mi-Teintes pastel paper. Pastels are so much easier than oil paint; no set-up or clean-up. I'm told they are more expensive to frame. I haven't bought any fixative yet and I haven't framed any drawing, so for now my few drawings are taped to the wall. I usually work from life and create my own still life. However, this image was taken from the Farm Sanctuary Magazine.
Monday, March 5, 2012
These little hard candies were placed on a white enamel plate and back lit. There were lots of soft reflections and that's what I made abstract. I've come to the realization (a little late huh!) that drawing is important and the reason I haven't posted much recently is that I've been practicing my drawing skills. Also, it's hard to do challenges when I'm limited to still lifes and landscapes. So it's time to try new things.