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?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Poinsettia I"

"Poinsettia I"
6"x8" oil on Raymar panel

Poinsettia I Draft
Before I made the final edits

Poinsettia Drawing

I couldn't let my effort on the Many Minute Poinsettias go to waste, so I got to work on a larger version, with no time limit, at a suitable aspect ratio for a future Holiday card. I'm surprised how hard these are to paint. I don't think it's the red, because I don't have any trouble with the multiple reds in apples. And I thought because of all the pointy leaves, it would be great from the composition perspective, lots of angles, etc. Perhaps the problem is I'm not looking at the flowers enough, concentrating too much on the painting. With the 10 minute version there was no time to fuss!

Here's great quote on this problem: "Look three times, think twice, paint once." - Robert Genn

Friday, January 23, 2015

Stonington Start

Under painting for Stonington Wharf
Oil on canvas panel 8"x16"

I've been able to spend a little time working on larger paintings this month. I'm excited about this one, the green house in Stonington with it's green shed on the wharf. I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

And here are a couple more iPad paintings I did last week, but didn't have time to post.

IPad Pear

IPad Mandarin

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Many Minute Poinsettias

 Poinsettias Practice 1-4
each 4"x4" oil on a single 8"x8" Raymar panel

I love poinsettias! And we've got a nice one from Christmas that I've been meaning to paint, so today was the day. I meant to do my favorite 10 minute exercise, but these guys are really tough. I wiped the first one, and above are the next four. My first mistake was not doing a thumbnail sketch, which I remedied between number 0 and number 1 (see below for thumbnail). I think it took me more than half an hour to do the first one shown here, and I was probably close to 10 minutes by the time I got to number 4. A very good exercise!

Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

3 Fruits

3 Apples, digital painting with ArtRage

3 Mandarins, digital painting with ArtRage

It's been busy around here! More iPad paintings, and we had a great time at my Daily Painting Workshop in Yarmouth on Saturday.  We painted 10 minute apples and everyone loved value painting on photographs (see below).  Then they all did wonderful paintings of that scene. If you missed it the first time, I'll be teaching the workshop again on Saturday, February 28th at Artascope, in Yarmouth. Click here for more information.

Friday, January 16, 2015

"Double Mandarins"

"Double Mandarins"
5"x7" oil on linen panel
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After painting the four 10 minute mandarins, I set up this pair connected by a bunch of leaves, and went for it. I think the practice on the four 10 minute guys made a huge difference in this painting. I'll try to take a picture with less glare in the daylight.