Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pencils Still Life

6" x 6"Ampersand Gessobord

Below is the original posted earlier today. Above, shows a few more refinements to the metal ferrule on the brush and a few other areas. The background color is somewhere between the two photos and a bit closer to the photo below.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Today's class began with a lecture. Next week, I will record the lecture as that is one of the important parts of class. Tim spoke of using abstract, and gave a demonstration on 1-point perspective. After Tim demonstrated each step, the students then drew and/or painted those steps. I was the one that drew the vanishing point lines in a different place so obviously I wasn't paying attention. Tim didn't mention it but I was silently chastising myself for my lack of attention. A lesson learned.

Tim went on to explain and demonstrate the oiling out process which is done after a painting has dried and before the surface is painted on again. It is my understanding this does two things; it evens out the surface as some paints have a more flat look when dry and, it gives a surface on which fresh paint will adhere better.

After class, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby then home through a down pour and flooding streets. A few miles away from the Fayetteville/Prairie Grove area, the sun was shining. I felt sorry for all the people at the art fairs in Fayetteville and Prairie Grove that were soaking wet, trying to get to their vehicles. Even more, the vendors had my sympathy, knowing what pouring rain can do to artwork and crafts.

Pencils Still Life, A Little More Work

Just a little more work has been done on the painting. I've slowed down on my paint strokes so that I can begin to render the values and shapes become more accurate. I'm taking the camera to class today so I can take a before and after photo of the copper pot that is in progress there.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Drawing Pencils Still Life - The Start

This bowl sits on my desk and contains drawing pencils, lead, an exacto knife, a soft sable brush, and loose graphite in a film container. I thought it would be a good study in values since the pencils range from light gray to black. Last night, I set a timer so I could see how far along I was at the end of the hour. The first photo below was taken at the end of that hour. The top photo was taken after approximately one-half hour's painting this morning. The challenge is not only getting the values but the angles and what overlaps. I find myself "smushing" paint into the layer below so then I repaint that area. This painting is all about learning how to place paint, which stroke works best, keeping a light touch with the brush, values, keeping a shape and make it look round or flat. Painting this still life has given rise to questions I want to ask in class this coming Saturday.

Monday, August 25, 2008



Oil on Ampersand Panel

5" x 7"

This was painted from a still life set-up. This was interesting to paint to get those spikey shapes and try to get a variation in color and value.

I worked on the Spikes a bit more and I am going to call this one finished. This photo was taken with the painting laying on the floor by an open door.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Today's Oils Class

Today's class was excellent. We visited just a short while, then Tim had us get right into painting.
1st Photo - me blocking in the shape of the teapot.
2nd Photo - Tim has placed center lines, vertical and horizontally to make sure the easy side is equal and the top of the lid centered.
3rd Photo - Tim placing color below the pot that will be echoed in the pot as well as reshaping the bottom of the pot
4th Photo - Tim began placing darks
5th Photo - Tim is laying in background strokes. This is where I left off painting the pot today.
6th Photo - Tim is studying another class member's self-portrait.
7th Photo - Tim is placing darks at the base of a class member's pot, to ground it.
The students would paint for awhile then Tim would demo for us on a student's painting to emphasize a point or show us how or what to do. What struck home with me today is the deliberate strokes Tim would paint. He never hurried, almost like watching a graceful ballet dancer. He would study the subject then place a stroke. Another point that was emphasized for me, was that if I hear the brush on canvas then I'm not using enough paint (unless I'm dry brushing?). The paintings are left in the studio for the next class session.
All in all a terrific day. Now to apply what I've learned.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Oils Palette Knife Practice

This a 5" x 7" practice piece where I am trying to learning control of a small palette knife. I was trying for smooth passages, along with textures especially in the trees. Also, below is a photo of my palette along with the small palette knife that was used. The palette is glass and has edges and a portion of the underside of the glass bound with gray duct tape. As you can see the glass palette and the Masterson Palette box are well used.

Landscape, Oils Update

Memory Bank
11" x 14"
Oil on Gessoed Panel

After receiving comments and suggestions from a few members at Wet Canvas. I reworked the sky and some other areas, such as darkening the water near the river bank on the right. I have to be honest and say I miss the brilliance in the sky! I named this "Memory Bank" because it is from my imagination or elusive memories of places I've been.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Landscape, Oils

11" x 14" oil on gessoed panel. This is the panel I used in class Saturday to practice using a palette knife. The yellow and orange in the sky is Old Holland Cad. Yellow Light (I think) and Holbein Mars Orange with thanks to Tim for putting a dab of the Old Holland on my palette. Then on the viewers left in the background is Alizarin Crimson, also from class. I scraped the excess paint from the palette and began a painting. Practicing brush strokes, trees shapes, and finally using a palette knife in some areas. This painting is from my imagination or perhaps an elusive memory from areas I have seen in my travels.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mom Study, Watercolor

I did this study of my mother today. She will be 90 on her birthday in September and I am hoping to do a portrait of her as her gift. Again, no drawing on this study except with a brush. If you are wondering why the top of her head is cut off it is because above her head is a color chart of greens that I did Friday. There is a lot that needs strengthening but hopefully will work that out in the next painting.

Oils Class

08-16-08 was my first morning taking an oils class with Tim Tyler. We spent the morning get to know each other a bit, learning what we knew or what we didn't know. Tim approached his teaching with wonderful humor and information about paintings he has seen. His range of students are from the complete beginner to professional artists. We began by learning about different vendors and their paints, the color wheel, brushes and palette knives, edges, and some mediums, the basics of painting.

Tim had us use a palette knife to apply white paint to the canvas or board. The goal was to achieve a very smooth surface with a knife and then square it up using the knife. It sounds easy doesn't it, well unless one is very proficient with a knife, it isn't. My time in the class is about 3 hours while his normal Saturday class is seven hours.

Below are two photos I took in class and have to apologize for the blurred photos. Next week, I promise to do better. Tim is standing by one of his beautiful paintings. His skin tones are simply marvelous and the textures behind the little girl's head are marvelous. Photos just don't do justice to his work. Karen is in the next photo and is ready to take notes as Tim shares his knowledge with us.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Maybe Today

the central heat and air will be completed. The installers are due here anytime. They were scheduled for last Friday but had car trouble. So maybe, just maybe the work will finally be finished. Next is to begin replacing facia boards along the eves of the house and take down some old guttering.
I did a few corrections on my self-portrait to the (correction, left eye not the right), cheek and to the chin area so thought I would repost the painting.

In answer to some of the comments about the art classes beginning Saturday, my medium of choice will be oils. I have some very bad habits when painting with acrylic and oils such as daub, daub, daubing instead of laying down a stroke and leaving it alone. We will be painting from life and may in the future even do plein air. The Saturday class is seven (7) hours but I will only be painting three (3), since I have to pace my energy. Tim's studio is at least an hour's drive away from me and I like to be early. Today, I will seal birch panels and apply gesso when they dry, sanding between coats. I also need to stretch some canvas so it sounds like a full day. But the very most important thing is to at least paint something!

I could also work in watercolor in Tim's class and may later but right now I want to continue with critiques from Sandy Maudlin, although I haven't sent her anything to critique in awhile. Just reading her blog is enlightening and I am so intrigued by the way her artistic mind works. How she gets those textures, arrives at her color choices, designs her paintings, continues to be a mystery. Maybe with time and patience I can learn at least some of what she teaches.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I'm So Excited, Art Classes

I just have to share that I will be taking art classes from Timothy C. Tyler, beginning Saturday morning. I hope you will take a look at his work as he is a master artist.

Also, at our next Artists of Northwest Arkansas meeting on August 21st, we will be having Conservator, Rick Parker. It will be exciting to listen to him speak on archival materials and about some of the "Old Masters" paintings on which he has worked. If you want further information, send me and e-mail or visit the ANA website.

Self-Portrait, Watercolor

Ann, Self-Portrait
9 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Fabriano Aristico Cold Press Paper

I sat in front of a small mirror this morning and painting this. It was fun, challenging and a learning experience. I didn't sketch on the paper first. I laid down a very pale wash of Hansa Yellow Light, dried it and then sketched in the eyes only. The eyes aren't level and perhaps the mouth could be a bit wider on the right (viewer's left.) I guessed at painting my left eye because of course I was looking in the mirror but wanted the eyes to look off toward the right. Oh the blonde in the hair is mostly gray ha ha. and I have even more wrinkles than are showing here. It is hard to paint wrinkles, especially when one doesn't really want to *grin*. And yes, I really do have those deep circles under my eyes.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Morning Arm Chair Traveling

It is almost daylight and I can hear the rain falling softly so thought it a great time to look at artwork. I visited Wet Canvas and Painting Friends to view the artwork. While there I clicked on the website link of Atlee Harmon. This man does the best watercolor paintings of people. What I like about his work is it freshness, his use of color and the informality of the people he paints.
I took a photo outside early this morning of Jewel's Tulips then cropped the photo from the top.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Potted Tulips, Watercolor

Jewel's Tulips
10" x 14"
Arches Cold Press

I think I am calling this finished, at least for now. In real life, the reds have a lovely glow and the mid-tones and highlights show more. While I was painting this I kept thinking of the great white shape and tried to keep some lights going diagonally from edge to edge. I will look at it again in a day or so to see if there are changes that need to be made. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Potted Tulips, Watercolor In Progress

Jewel's Tulips, WIP
10" x 14"
Arches 300# Cold Press Paper

You can see in the photos below what progress has been made since I began painting this morning. The gray that is seen on some of the petals and the paper surrounding the pot is masking fluid. The reds are a deeper, richer red, leaning more toward blue/purple red in the darker areas. The reference is from a photo I took January, 2004, in memory of my Aunt Jewel.

Leaf Mixture = Indanthrone Blue, Virdian, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Green Gold
Flower Center = Spanish Gold Ochre, Indian Yellow, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Leaf Mixture, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Violet
Tulips = Holbein Scarlet Lake, Daniel Smith Permanent Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Leaf Mixture

Friday, August 08, 2008

Petunias, Watercolor

4 1/4" x 6 1/4"
Fabriano watercolor paper

I spent part of the day painting these petunias from a photo I took a few weeks ago. I have found it is really difficult to get red to photograph to the right shade. For this painting I used Holbein Scarlet Lake, Daniel Smith Rhodonite Genuine, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Red, Hansa Yellow Light, Nickel Titanate Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Maganese and Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Violet, Dioxazine Purple, and Quin. Burnt Orange.

Correction: paints are Daniel Smith watercolors. I use Golden acrylics.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Brillante Weblog Award, A Hoax or . . .?

I just found some information on the Brillante Weblog Award at "With Heart and Hands, A Quilting Journey." It appears to have begun as a hoax. I thought about this for a bit and decided to post the information so the readers could decide for themselves.

For my part, I believe the award was passed along to me and other bloggers in all sincerity. I know that is why I passed it along to seven artists I admire. It accomplishes two things, 1) it tells me that someone out there is reading the blogs and viewing artwork, and 2) it brings other artists to our attention and lets them know we appreciate their work.

So I hope you continue to enjoy the artwork and pass along your appreciation to all the other artists whose work you enjoy.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wellhouse Plein Air & Strawberry Study

Instead of cropping the image so much I left more of the foreground and area on the viewer's left. As can be seen, the canna's and birdhouse were added just to break up that space. Also, the trees were darkened in areas and the ground formed a bit more. When I came inside after painting these additions, the thermometer was reading 102F. So this plein air is finished. Should I do this building again I will be sure to darkened the side of the building more as it is actually the shadow side.

While the electrician is working in my room installing new outlets, I painted outside this morning. I'm very inexperienced at doing that and kept it simple. There is are a couple of tall canna growing beside the well house (where the water pump for the well is located) as well as a bird feeder, bird house and a large temperature gauge hanging on the side of the building. The painting is approximately 5" x 7" on Fabriano wc paper.

The strawberry was started last night and I didn't use a reference. I was just trying for shape and maybe a few of the little seeds. I wanted to see if I could could the shadows to read right in the recessed areas. It is a little less than a 3" square on Fabriano paper.

Time to shut down the power!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Brillante Weblog Award

See what happens when one leaves the computer for awhile. I come back and have a comment from RH Carpenter (Rhonda) of Watercolor and Words that she has awarded me this along with six other people. Rhonda has been an on-line artist friend for several years, having met through Wet Canvas.

The rules are that if the persons receiving the award decides to participate, they must:
1 - Put the logo on their blog
2 - Add a link to the person who gave them the award
3 - Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4 - Add links to those blogs on yours
5 - Leave a message on each of the blogs nominated.

My nominees are:

1 - Larry Seiler, Painting from Life.
2 - Diane Mize, Compose.
3 - Qiang Huang, A Daily Painter.
4 - Dawn at Vulture Cafe.
5 - Dean at Deano's Den.
6 - Anita Davies
7 - Celeste Vaught Art

I could give you all kinds of reasons for choosing these blogs but the main ones are: I like their work, their joy in what they do and, enjoy reading their blogs. I hope you will too!

Water Bottle Sketch

I decided to do a line sketch of the water bottle I had on my desk. It is on scrap 300# Arches watercolor paper, 3" x 8". The electrician is suppose to be here sometime today but I am hoping to at least apply some color/shapes to the paper this morning before I'm needed to do something else.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Change of Plans

Instead of finishing up in my room, the electrician is going to move some of the kitchen outlets to a separate breaker because when the coffee pot, toaster and a third item are all on at the same time the breaker shuts down. Bummer! The positive side is my computer is still on as is the air conditioning. It is hot and humid outside so no painting outdoors for me today.

So instead of painting I will work on the ANA newsletter after I pick up more electrical wire.

This and That

The photo is one taken in February, 2008. I like the dark/light contrasts of the snow and the tree limbs. The tree limbs always remind me of the intricacies of lacework.

The power will be off in part of my room today while the rewiring is being done. That means no computer. I'm planning this as an opportunity to set up my paints either on the patio or the carport. It will be hot no matter where I paint so I might as well enjoy a bit of the light southern breeze.

I thought I would also take this opportunity to direct you to Diane Mize' blog, Compose, which has a post about the Golden Mean and Rabatment. Rabatment is the square found within a rectangle. Diane explains it much more fully in her post. The neat thing is to make a viewfinder that shows the rabatment, so that when one is looking through the viewfinder one can more easily place key subjects within the rabatment.