Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dinghy in Blue

"Dinghy in Blue"
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel
(the blue is a bit lighter than shown here)
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 Under painting in cad yellow and burnt sienna,
which was followed by a thin layer of quinacridone red,
once the yellow layer was dry

As the sun goes down, everything goes golden. It's my favorite time of day.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Dinghies" - Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's workshop

12"x12" oil on gessobord

This one took quite a bit of time, including a few hours after the workshop; partly due to the detail in the boats, and the size. There is a lot of paint mixing for a 12"x12".

A few things I've learned about palette knife painting:
- Lots and lots of paint is required! Buy the big tubes.
- Paint on the palette must be spread out so that you only pick up a bit on the edge of the knife. This means that you need a really big palette. That's going to be tough for plein air unless traveling by car, with a small table to augment the palette area.
- It's important to remember to clean the knife after every stroke. You get messy edges and mottled color if you don't. So lots of paint gets thrown out.
- It's great to only have a few knives to clean up, which is easy to do with wet wipes. A plus for traveling.

Bottom line, it's really fun, and certainly different. I recommend giving it a try. And you won't have more fun than in a class with Leslie.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Gift Box" - Day 2 of Leslie Saeta's Workshop

"Gift Box"
oil on Gessobord

Day 2 of Leslie Saeta's palette knife painting workshop was a great learning experience. We are all getting a better feel for the knife in our hand, and learning to hold it up to the painting and I'm lagging behind. Afterwards, Leslie made dinner for all 14 of us, which was a very special treat!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Palette Knife Painting Workshop with Leslie Saeta - Day 1

Palette Knife Pears
6"x6" oil on board
Not for Sale

In process - trying to figure out how to wield a knife

I spent today in the first day of Leslie Saeta's palette knife painting class in Atlanta. It was a great success! Fourteen students, lots of color mixing, and fun learning to paint another way. Leslie is a wonderful teacher. She's patient, organized, and makes sure that everyone "get's it". Kathy Cousart assisted Leslie, and it was great to get to know her better.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

People in Paintings

 "Littlejohn Dock"
8"x10" oil on Raymar panel

 Close up of the man on the dock

Man pulling wagon, my model

"Becky's Dock"
8"x10" oil on Raymar panel - plein air

Sometimes a painting resonates with multiple people and I get asked if I have any more like it. This happens most often with local scenes that have memories for lots of people. It also helps if one of your state representatives uses it on their campaign literature! Thanks, Janice Cooper, Maine State Rep for Yarmouth, for that.

So when Beth from Yarmouth Frame and Gallery emailed asking if I'd done any more painting of the dock at Littlejohn Island, I thought, why not do another? And then, how do I want to make it different? I decided to use different people. In the original plein air piece a couple of guys had been lounging on the dock for a few minutes, and I'd started with them, but found they became Janice and her daughter, Becky. This time I wanted more action, and I looked through boating magazines until I found a guy pulling a wagon. He was dressed in winter clothes, but that didn't matter, all I was looking for was the stride. It's amazing how little you need to make a person look pretty life like. And it makes the painting tell a different story.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Saturday's Workshop - Such Fun!

 10 Minute Fruit exercise - apples and mandarin oranges

Value paintings over photographs

Paintings on canvas over value under paintings

We had such fun at my Daily Painting workshop at Artascope in Yarmouth on Saturday! Six great students, some drawing, the 10 minute fruit exercise (my favorite), value painting over a photo (a student favorite), and a finally repainting the value painting in acrylic burnt sienna and white, drying it, and then applying color on top. Dotting your mixed color on the brown value painting, then squinting lets you see if you've mixed your color at the correct value. It really works, try squinting at the study below.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

At The Beach

Starfish Still Life Photo

I spent 5 days in Florida over the last week (two more than planned thanks to Monday's winter storm). It was wonderful to be out of the cold! I roamed the beach on Sanibel Island, catching a few sunrises, and looking for nature's still lifes. The rule was, I couldn't move anything, just the camera position and crop. Isn't this a nice one?

I also got in some sketching. It's easiest to do this watching people who are doing repetitive things, like shelling and digging in the sand.

Digging in the sand

Shell Seeking

Friday, January 30, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days!

January 30 Paintings in 30 Days

I'm so pleased with these paintings! Some were of the 10 minute variety, and more than half were done on my ipad, but there are 30 of them. And though on some days I painted more than one, and on a few days I didn't do any, there was a lot more painting done this month at my house than in the previous few months. Thanks very much to Leslie Saeta, who runs this challenge a couple of times a year, and encourages all the participants. Take a look at her last blog post of January 2015, to see a collage like this from hundreds of artists. It's quite amazing!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Farm Pond Pines Summer Dawn

Farm Pond Pines Summer Dawn

Farm Pond Pines in Fall

Farm Pond Pines in Winter

Farm Pond Pines in Spring (improved over the Jan. 2 version)

I couldn't finish the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge without completing my set of Farm Pond Pines ipad paintings. This final digital version (top) is summer, which is when the original oil painting was done. I think the ipad versions look very nice together, which is where I've put them in my 30 in 30 collage, which I'll post tomorrow.

I'd like to give you some more information on digital painting before the month ends.

I first became aware of painting using an ipad when Gail Sauter and Suzanne Delesseps gave it a try. Then Peggi Kroll-Roberts posted about using it and showed us at a workshop how she used it while flying.

The most famous painter using this technology that I'm aware of, is David Hockney, routinely described as Britain’s greatest living painter. Many of this ipad paintings were shown with other work at the Royal Academy in 2012. I was a big fan of Hockney, even before he started using his ipad, but his beautiful colorful paintings of the woodlands and fields of the Yorkshire countryside are just marvelous. He uses the Brushes app, and is able to print very large versions of his ipad paintings. I'm going to look into that, since I can't do that from the ipad with ArtRage. And it's wonderful that with today's printing technology, we can buy the book from this exhibit on amazon for the price of a hardback novel. I was given it for Christmas, and it's beautiful and fascinating.

I want to thank Bill Tomsa for this reference: the Digital Plein air Society. These guys are doing some really impressive work digitally, some quite photo-realistic, and others very painterly. They'll even show you how to make a set up that will let you use your tablet outside in the sun, without glare. Do check it out.

And finally, my take on ipad painting. One of the most important things about learning to paint, is learning to see (beyond what non-painters see). Painting using an ipad requires the same see-ing, and is a great way to exercise that skill. For me this month, it's enabled me to practice my skills during a time when I was committed to spend most of it without a paint brush. I know it's helped me keep my hand it, and it was a lot of fun. Thanks for joining me.

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Poinsettia II"

"Poinsettia II"
5"x7" oil on linen panel
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Poinsettia II before final editing

Poinsettia Sketch

Here's another go at the Poinsettia. I've actually cut off the small red leaves in the middle on all of these, because otherwise the center is just a mass of red, and I like having some dark shapes there. Can you see the differences in the sketch and the final painting? The lifting of the bottom left leaf in the draft painting, made me want to lift the right one as well. Don't you think that helps the composition?  I've taken to going for a walk or doing something around the house for a few minutes and then coming back to check things before cleaning up. There's usually something I want to change!

Wouldn't this one make nice wood cut?