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.