Saturday, December 16, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Adults can learn the basics of oil painting.
In six lessons you'll learn about:
- Studio set up and painting equipment such as surfaces and brushes
- Color temperature or how colors lean – warm/cool and how to use this information to name and mix your colors
- Color intensity – saturated/dull and how to use complementary colors
- Color value – all colors have an intrinsic lightness or darkness right out of the tube
- How to compose a painting
- Drawing techniques
- Reading references
Friday, November 17, 2017
This painting was all about me following the form of the objects with my brush strokes. The light on the objects creates facets plus their shape determines the direction of my strokes. My interest in art started with sculpture and photography. This has affected my painting style.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
This painting was inspired by one seen in the National Portrait Gallery in London during our trip there last month. We visited five museums during our week's stay. The painting was a portrait of a man with his feet under a glass table which seemed to be both figurative and a still life. This idea was new and challenging to me. I wanted to create an interesting point of view and something different from my usual still lifes.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Yellow has always been a challenging color for me and lemons are at the apex of that color confrontation. The problem is how to paint what I actually see (a lemon in shadow) and not my idea of a yellow lemon that never gets as dark as it actually appears. I wanted a warm, vibrant, not greenish or a dull color. I decided upon a color not on my palette, raw sienna and I liked it. How do I know I made my lemon in shadow dark enough? I used my new little MVP :) Framed.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
I recently purchased Haidee-Jo Summers' new book Vibrant Oils and found it helpful in rethinking this older painting. On page 47 she writes "Avoid these common compositional mistakes: Directional lines that lead the viewer's eye towards the edge of the painting and then out the picture space." In the top painting I have a line running from the top to the bottom in the painting and the bowl and my eye seems to slip downward. In the bottom painting, I removed the line and consolidated the colors, now my eye stays in the bowl and lingers there.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This large drawing (charcoal, 32 x 40 ) was created by my friend Kelly Smith. She's a dedicated artist and a wonderful drawer. She lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. When I saw this drawing at her studio, I fell in love with it. Next, I saw it in a small gallery show in a cafe. Originally she didn't want to sell it, saying it was a study of a detail of a girl from a James Gurney illustration. I'm happy she changed her mind and I'm excited to have her. Once framed, she will look lovely in my house.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Painting is a crazy business, at least for me lately. My current painting is inspired by Giorgio Morandi and what better way to understand someone's work than to make it your own.
His still life paintings are deceptively simple and minimal. There are subtle variations in his values and colors and his compositions are balanced, although tightly packed. When I looked at his work in my library books, I thought okay that's doable. I'm so naive. I based my composition on his work and not on his colors or paint application. The more I worked on my painting the more he impressed me. I like his thick paint, but chose not to apply mine too thickly. To get those subtle grays for my painting I changed my light bulb, tried many color combinations for black (there are a lot!) and decided to tone my canvas. My challenge is to paint all the objects (except the blue glass goblet that reflects everywhere) shades of gray so that they still look like white bottles yet can support my highlights and have depth. I'm 1/3 of the way through the painting and every day is a crazy, mind boggling experience.
Monday, July 3, 2017
I had an idea for this painting after a similar one I completed last summer, The Bookshelf. I painted a small cardboard box on the bottom shelf. I liked the simplicity, colors and values of it; I decided to make the boxes the main subject here. Inspiration comes from many things, this one came from Donald Judd's sculpture of a stack of colored plexiglass blocks attached to the wall which I saw in a museum in NYC.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
In Saratoga Springs, NY, the Saratoga Arts is holding their 10 x 10 = $100 show. This large show is being hung and opens July 1st. I have three pieces there.
See below for details.
The Oakroom Artists Summer Show at the Unitarian Universalists Society of Schenectady is open to the public from July 1 through August 30. I have one larger painting on display.
The summer and fall seasons are full of opportunities for people to view the work of local artists.
I hope you come out to enjoy all these shows and have a good time.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
I have to admit, I'm no longer a daily painter. I think that's a good thing. My goal has been to paint larger with more interesting compositions. I've been playing around with the idea of painting interiors with an approach of expanding on the still life theme. It has to be colorful but not fussy or detailed. Like taking a step back and including more of the space. Anyway, this painting took me several days and I'm happy with the outcome.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Preparing for an art exhibition includes many steps and lots of planning. It's been two years since my last OA show. During that time I sold paintings, but also saved paintings for this exhibit. I'm thrilled to be showing with two other experienced and talented artists. We met and worked together on our postcard and divided up other responsibilities. We promoted the show within the last two weeks by sending out postcards and ecards.
Here's a short list of what went into my getting ready:
- Images of paintings were saved on my computer and online.
- The paintings were framed and referenced with an inventory list.
- Food and beverage lists were made up and soon I'll be shopping and cooking.
- Hostesses were assigned and some volunteered.
- Paintings were readied for transport.
- Our paintings will be hung tomorrow and numbered and price lists printed.
If I forgot anything, no matter, at this point my goal is to have fun.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This bowl came all the way from a Florida thrift, which I visited with my mother a couple of weeks ago. A trip to the thrifts always ends with something new to paint. The bowl's colors were pretty, but subtle, and I tried to capture its airiness. I added an orange and plate and got circles within circles.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The month is almost over and I've had only two posts. The reason is that I've changed my focus from painting small and often to working on a larger piece and teaching. I'm giving myself time to explore this new opportunity of teaching, which I really enjoy.
Below is my still life set-up including a hobnail bowl a friend Michelle Winnie gave me.
I generally simplify my objects when painting and this bowl is far from simple.
The textures and colors of this bowl were complicated. I tried to suggest its' texture by putting only a few of the hobnails located on the outside of the bowl. To add more would have been too fussy. Instead, I concentrated on getting the look of glass.
Playing around with Animoto
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The low light in winter makes it difficult to photograph paintings. Some artists have figured out how to set up lighting indoors. Here's an article Lighting Tips for Indoor Photography that's simple enough for even me to understand. I haven't tried it yet so today I shoveled my deck and used the Carol Marine method of photography. See Carol Marine's FAQ and scroll down to How do you photograph your paintings?.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I've been painting a lot of fruit and dishes as usual. Glass is the most fun and challenging of still life objects I have in my studio, except for metal. I've been more selective about activities other than painting and that's made a big difference in my being focused. I teach two days a week and love it.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Looser and looser down the rabbit hole.Every time I feel myself tightening up I wipe off my painting (in this case yesterday's painting), take out a bigger brush and start again. I have no choice in the matter. I get a feeling in my gut that something is wrong and I know from experience it's the painting, not me or something in my life. In almost all cases, I feel better once I redo it.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
This painting was fast and loose, which worked out well since I've been busy organizing the Oakroom Artists' Winter Exhibition. The show was hung yesterday. There were lots of people helping out and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all. It's a great show with beautiful art and worth a visit.