Saturday, December 31, 2011
Now to the painting in progress. This is the painting of one of the little girls at the tea party as it stands at this point. The painting is 5 1/2" x 6" and the face is approximately 1 3/4". I will be working on it more to put in the glass plate and tea cup then may finish it with acrylics.
Now to my self-critique. I first painted the shadows in her face by dropping in Cobalt Blue then immediately dropped in Quin. Burnt Orange. That was the first mistake, using Quin. Burnt Orange. Why? Because it leans more to yellow-orange rather than a red-orange which burnt sienna does. It was very, very dark so I waited until it dried then lifted most of it out. I did go back in with more Quin. Burnt Orange and less blue.
The paper now looks overworked, the nose is a bit too short and wide, the left eye is painted a bit too high and the neck looks like it hasn't been washed for weeks. I lost the shapes of the facial elements and this may be where a pen or pencil would come in handy to re-establish the features.
I'm happy cataloging some of the things I see that bother me because for a long time I wouldn't have been able to actually say why the painting doesn't look right. That's why stepping back and evaluating one's painting is important - it helps us to see. Maybe we can't see all that is right or all that could be changed to make a better painting but each thing we see takes us one step further in the direction of improvement.
What would your next step be? Stop and do another painting or rework the current painting even though it may never be seen by anyone but yourself?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Teresa has amazing talent and creativity and I feel honored that she is a friend of mine. Her blog, "Lost in Wonder", says it all about her amazing ability to find beauty in anything and to create it. Thank you Teresa, for your friendship and your art.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
I do hope all of you enjoyed your Christmas Day and that today finds you full of ideas to create.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Tis the Season to take time to count our blessings and give thanks for all that is in our life. Besides being blessed with a loving family and friends, there is each of you, taking the time to visit this blog, sharing your work and your words and bonding through our love of art. My wish for you is that your joys be immeasurable, your troubles few, your strengths never ending and, that love and peace guide your footsteps.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
For the next challenge at paintingfriends.com, it is one where each member chooses the subject based on a real life set up they compose.
1. Set up a still life of an area in your home or do an outside plein air -
2. Take photos of your set up or plein air landscape or still life - post the photo when you post your YOP.
3. Challenge yourself to explain why you chose that particular set up?
- is your set up based on a triangular set up and "S" movement?
- Other things that may have appealed to you that made you want to paint this subject and set it up the way you did
The YOP (year of painting) due 11-20-11 was a rose, using a reference photo by madmum posted at paintingfriends.com.
I began this study over a week ago but because of work going on in the studio I haven't had time to work on the painting. This is a first pass of acrylics, more or less establishing the shapes of the rose. My plan was to do the study then to do a larger painting. Believe when I say this study looks nothing like what I have envisioned nor does it look like the beautiful reference photo.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I'm still working on replacing the tile in my studio which means moving furniture and all the stuff that has found its way in to the studio. Who knew one coul collect so much in a year. I am finally setting up an area so I can work on acrylics, oils and watercolors at the same time. Right now though the room looks like a cyclone has hit it. I hope to be back to painting this next week.
I'm not sure how many of you do this but while watching tv, I notice the colors in the scenes and how they play against each other. Tv is a wonderful way to notice design elements and color schemes.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I haven't been painting as I am laying linoleum tile in my studio, having to shift furniture and supplies around to complete areas - time consuming but a perfect opportunity to clean and sort through all the clutter and supplies that collect.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
paintingfriends.com, sent to England. I know it doesn't look very much like Christmas but in some ways with all the grays and cold looking water, it reminded me of the Christmas season. The reference photo used was posted by Philco in the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Are you wondering why all the rose practice? Our YOP, due Dec. 20th, is of a gorgeous white rose so decided I had better get in some practice by studying the shapes, etc. Hopefully it will be somewhat easier to get the values on a white rose.