Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The November Newsletter is almost complete.....I've done quite a bit of research on the "Sight Size Drawing Method", I even purchased a DVD with Judith Kudlow. I sat up a still life and maped out the design. It a challenge, but once you get going it's a lot of fun......it really makes you look at your subject in relationship to the placement on the canvas.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
We are in the process of getting ready to go to the condo for 2 or 3 weeks so I can get my dental work finished.....as many of you know...I had to have a new cap, but had to return home because of my mother...so 6 months later we hope to get the process finished.
I also received my new project for this week which is a winter scene.....I've had a brief view of the video today, so I'm hoping I can watch it from start to finish tonight.....probably won't get painting time in before we leave, but I can paint it in my head........Monet made a quote one time about he painted the picture in his head first........
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
One way to get better at painting is to take a workshop.....I've signed up for 2 more besides the one with David A Leffel. Recently I was surfing the net (I've been doing more of that than I should) and came across a blog that I've watched off and on for the past couple of years. Daniel Edmondson has a couple of on line workshops using Video's with a step by step method. You sign up, he sends you an email with the video link plus the photograph. The really great part of this is you get the DVD in about a week in the mail. I signed up for the Landscape first then decided to do the still life also (he's running a special). I have to say this is a great workshop. You can go at your own pace, so if it's a busy week you just do the class the next week. You also get to send emails with questions plus a critique once the project is finished. He will send a video or email critique......what can be better than this?
This is the first project, the video is about 90 minutes and he really explains his process, plus what he's thinking..........I used a lot of palette knife which is very new for me....I did most of the rocks. His workshop web site is http://www.oilpaintingworkshop.com/ you can also see his work on his web site http://www.danieledmondson.com/
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I have registarted for a 10 week online workshop with Daniel Edmondson, http://www.oilpaintingworkshop.com/....I read about him from one of the artist on the Daily Paint Works Blog. You get 10 lesson via email which includes 2 hours of video, plus photographs and once completed a critique. You may also contact him with questions or asking general information. As most of you know I have a very slow internet connection so I've been waiting for the DVD (this is also include) with the workshop.
1. Does the painting have a Focus? Paint with your eyes on the center of interest….when we look at something we always look at SOME THING!
2. Does the painting read? Is there a route that the viewer can follow to the focal point/center of interest. Western cultural reads from left to right….most view a painting the same way.
3. Note: The intensity of a picture is an echo of the intensity with which it was painted. Greg feels that getting something finished on the painting moves you forward to a successful painting. This also help with the vision of the finished painting.
4. Shapes! Are essential tools for the painter, as is the color, value and composition.
5. Are the dominant shapes as strong and simple as possible? Simple shapes carry and make the picture readable from across the room.
6. His start
a. Concept (what do you want to say).rough in the objects. Get their placement.
b. Rough in the background--- helps check the values. Also checks the composition.
c. Paint background the correct value! What is the light path?
d. How does the painting read? Pump up the focal area!
e. Make the center of interest as intense as possible – halo, intense reflected light, this makes the center of interest more intense and bigger.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I have been doing a lot of research on the "Chiaroscuro" ( skyur-o-skur) style of painting. Merriam Webster 1: pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard of color 2: the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of art.
David A. Leffel is the master of chiaroscuro, I've had the privilege of seeing him demo a couple of times at the Longboat Key Art Center in Florida. His book An Artist Teaches: Reflections on the Art of Painting; he was so kind to sign it for me. What a gentle soul! Very personable and down to earth. About 10 years ago I was in a gallery in Arizona and happened upon a few of his paintings......at that time I didn't know anything about the artist, but it was truly the WOW factor. I've never forgotten my feeling of aw! It was about the traveling of light across the objects in the painting. At this time I was still painting watercolors, but every time I would think of those paintings I would get that same feeling of Aw! A couple of my friends have study with him and I'm on the list for this year, I can't tell you the excitement I feel at having this opportunity.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A few years ago I was lucky enough to take a workshop in Austin Texas with Carol Marine and Karin Jurick. (check out both of their blogs http://karinjurick.blogspot.com/ http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/ ) Both artist, plus a couple of their friends, said that once they started blogging they started selling more art. Karin & Carol both got query's from several galleries requesting to have them as a clients. It not only shows the public what you are working on, but shows galleries the quality and quanity of work you are producing.
Next Week Selling Your Art on Line
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
It's up and running great! I 've been working on it for about a week or so. Still has a few under construction pages, but I'm very happy with the over all look.....
Please feel free to add any comments like or dislike....most artist can't see the trees for the forest.....so if I've overlooked something let me KNOW.
I hope to start adding some new features to my blog and website in the coming weeks.....I talked to my friend Robert Warren of http://www.robertwarrenartloft.com/ about maybe doing a joint adventure into the blogging world.....so please stop back soon to the website and Blog....
We have HOOT next week so we are under the gun......
Monday, August 1, 2011
I would love to hear from ya! Any suggestions about like or dislike. Of course I have
a few pages still under construction......
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We are on count down for the HOOT Convention. I'm working hard on the newsletter and new web site...of course I have these little glitches (*&%$!!) but I'm being NICE. I'm so looking forwarding to seeing old friends and making new ones. Hoot is such a great convention, lots of burning the midnight oil with all that painting going on. I'm going to show everyone my last year's Christmas Present from Santa (new ditigal projecter, don't tell my students). As you all know watercolors are painted almost laying flat, so when you have 35 students in one class it's kinda hard to see, but with my new present, everyone will get a big view!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
This portrait was painted by Portrait Artist Ron Marvin from Florida. Every Friday morning we have open studio, with a model, at Treasure Island Art Group. It's a great opportunity to work on painting portraits. One Friday morning our model didn't show, so I got to be it! Ron "got me" with the drawing.......several of my friends got to be the model this year. I'm hoping to get Dick to sit next year..... I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last added a post! It's been a crazy year.....where does the time go? I'm hoping to get back in the groove......