Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Snippets are always hanging around the art table. Sometimes snippets like these have helped me develop online class ideas but sometimes they will just end up in the trash. Usually I just stick them in a chunky book if they avoid the trash.
Yes, we has lots of fun here at the Red Door Art Studio with Denis Brown. Geez, what a genius he is and it will take lots of practice (maybe even another lifetime) to master his style of calligraphy but hey, it's a start!
If you are not a calligrapher, I apologize for the gushing because you are surely thinking, what's the big woop? As I said before in my last post (a long time ago!) Denis is from Dublin, Ireland, and is one of the foremost calligraphers and teachers probably in the world. It was quite a feat to get this to work out where he could come here to Jacksonville. I hope he enjoyed us southern women. He couldn't understand a word I said and he had to say politely, "Pardon?" every time I asked him a question.
Below we were all done and about to send him off on the plane before a quick stop at the pub right down the street. Yes, he is a true Irishman!
Look at Lori below. I know what she is thinking...
I was thinking the same thing. Denice is scratching her head.
His calligraphy is amazing.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Denis Brown, calligrapher and letter designer extraordinaire from Ireland is coming to my studio Wednesday and Thursday to do a workshop for 9 of us. Denis is one of the foremost calligraphers in the world and we are very lucky to get him to come this way since his first stop is Miami. This class is certainly not for sissies, that's for sure! So we just need to buck up and go for it! Bring it on, Denis!! I might not get to post anything for a few days but I will try and get some pictures of the famous Denis as he is teaching us and demonstrating.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Here is the WIP below. It's 12 x 24. That large for me!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am enjoying painting in this whimsical style. It's really fun and for some reason it takes the pressure off because I know that it doesn't have to be realistic. That's the battle that wages within me when I paint. I fight against trying to paint it realistically because I don't want it to look realistic but more impressionistic. But I think my left brain is screaming at me to make it look real and my right brain is wanting to make it look impressionistic. I don't know about you but there is a war going on in my brain when I create art and sometimes the left brain wins and sometimes the right brain wins. I think that I am a calligrapher because (I don't know this for sure) that both sides of the brain have to cooperate together to create the letters. Maybe it's only the left brain because it has to draw the letter as exact as the muscle memory will allow. Just a little digressing musing here...
This was a wooden thing that was painted black that was hanging around my studio and bugging me so finally it got painted.
It was fun and very right brain charged. That's when it is really fun! Chalk another one up for the right brain! No wonder I couldn't do algebra and geometry very well growing up. If I had known then that I was just very creative and not dumb, I would have come out of my childhood with a lot less whacks from beating myself up.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
When I saw this Whimsical Landscapes class by Mechelle Harrison over at Creative Workshops I knew that this would be fun. I love this impressionistic style of painting and she goes through the steps very clearly so anyone could do it. I am taking a palette knife oil painting class on Saturday so I thought this would be a great thing to warm me up for this class. I decided for my first try I would just use her layout just so I could concentrate on the painting and not stress out about a drawing from scratch. This style could be used for just about anything. I think I will try some flowers. Wonder how Poppies will look in this style! Actually everything is cute with this style. Thanks, Mechelle!
This is on a 5x5 canvas with some knobby feet.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Below is a drawing that we drew at the workshop. The teacher gave us the image and we had to turn it upside down and fold it in half so we actually didn't know what we were drawing. We knew it was a Geish girl but we just drew the lines. Everyones' turned out really good. When our left brain is not screaming at us to draw what we think it looks like then our right brain can just take over and draw the lines. It was a fun exercise. Maybe I will paint her.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Oh, and guess who's here with me? Baby Marc and his mama, Macaulay! I probably won't be able to post any art but maybe some pictures. I will post about my workshop in Orlando after they leave on Friday.
And here is one of the best things about being a grandmother. He runs to me even when he hasn't see me in a month. I am smitten.
Marc runs to Nana from Martha Lever on Vimeo.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
And thank you Leslie! Molto Bello is flying over the ocean right now to you!