Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ok, I think I am going to listen to the right brain and go for it. Really I am! When, I am not sure, but I AM going to do it! I need to get me an air conditioner out there.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
It's funny how things some about really. These pears are painted over a painting I did several years ago in another online class. The painting just hung around and stared at me and I never really liked it. It was just basically a background. So I put a little collage paper on it and started painting the pears. The pears were looking rather ho-hum until I started wiping off some of the paint. Then it became more interesting. And below is another floral that really doesn't have a great focal point. It's not bad but it was not as I intended.
As I said somewhere before, painting like this is not only a loosening of the hand but a loosening of the mind,
rules and intentions. It's all good. Brush time...that's what it takes. Lots of it.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Here is a journal spread:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Maybe these flowers are looking a little better. I am trying to not fiddle too much. Get in and get out as Bob says. It's hard to do--to not fiddle, but the more I fiddle the more I make mud. I have always been a good mud pie maker! And painting the illusion of water in glass is tricky. This is still 5 x 7 done fairly quickly so I will start to move to the 10x10 and progressively get larger. That's my goal, paint big! I will let you know if I get there. By big, I mean maybe 2 feet by 4 feet or so or 24" by "48. Yikes!
I am trying to paint with triads to see what happens. I tried to pick out the best ones of the three. I could probably just paint the pear with "pear" colors but that would be too easy! I always have to torture myself a little bit every day. These little 5x7 paintings took way longer than they were suppose to. Bob Burridges calls it a sketch painting not a masterpiece. (Thank you, Bob!) I fiddled and fiddled and "tickled" way too much and finally in a last ditch effort to save the pears I used one of my hand carved stamps to add some interest. Actually when I put the 5 x 7 mat around each one they look better. The flowers started out really bad but got a little better as I "ticked.". That is usually what happens with my paintings. They look terrible at first but usually I can save them. There is a saying about that but I can't think of it. It's something like "your painting sometimes has to travel through hell before it gets to heaven"... but I just made that up. Pardon my french...:)) But I am not quite sure these made it that far!
Here they are all together on 15x 12 strip.
And here's a little cutie:
Yep, that's my boy!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Robert Burridges does it but it's harder than it looks! Here is my first attempt using his methods which are way fun to do! He goes so fast but I can see that it's important to do that so we won't over blend or think too much. These are 5 x 7s . I can really see the "value" of doing this exercise to establish darks and lights but cause if they are not in your painting then the painting is dead and lifeless and as I say, "hokey." I don't want to paint hokey paintings so I will keep doing these exercises...and it's fun. Can you find the magic floating ball?
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Also, here is my newest favorite teacher, Robert Burridge. I bought one of his DVDs recently and he is funny and entertaining and I love the way he paints.
Here is his motto, "Paint what you know...teach what you have learned...love what you do."
So simple and so true for me.