Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Journey Moves On...

I had a vision in my head to paint some hydrangeas in blues and lavenders but what a squishy mess I made of that one so I scraped off the lavender blue and added orange.  Again, just learning how oils lay on top of each other is something I need to learn.  This is probably even below oil painting basics. I do know that it's fat over lean but that sounds great in theory...   Watercolor is so different and sometimes I have to stop and just paint some watercolor flowers and pears to revive myself!
You can still see a little bit of the lavender. This is a 6x6 on a panel.

I am reading a book right now called  Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light and Color  by Kevin Macpherson and I am  devouring each page and learning things that I need to know about painting in oils. He is answering questions that I didn't know I even had.  I am going to study his teachings and see where it takes me. That being said, I am going to take a blog break for the summer while I paint. I will be out of town quite a bit so this is a good time to take a break. I really haven't ever taken much of a blog break because I so love to blog my progresses and love all your comments. I think that while I am painting my 120 bad paintings (of course some will be good) I will not blog them because I find myself whining about the bad ones. No one likes a whiner and what I see as bad may not really look bad to others. So maybe it's just better for me to make some progress without the little voice in my head repeating over and over, "is it bloggable?" If I get a really good one that takes me on that much sought after oil painting art high I will blog it. Of course I could be the fumes.

Why do I feel I need to torture myself to learn all about values and color mixing and shadows and cool colors and warm colors...  and how it all works together in a painting? I have only scratched the surface with what I know already. I think it's just time to move forward in my art journey and strengthen my foundation.  I have never been one to stay in one place for too long and I do love an art challenge. I love to paint my mixed media pieces which is something I will always do and my watercolors too but the oils are an empty space in my art journey so I must at least put my best foot ...(or brush) forward and try to improve in this area.

So, I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial da and summer and if I can stay away that long I will be back in August to show you what I have done over the summer. I will still be checking in on all of you to see what you are doing. I couldn't stand not seeing what you all are up to.

Happy creating and painting to everyone!!
oxox

76 comments:

katie purcell said...

OH!!!! I will miss you but can't wait to see all you learn over the summer.
xxoo

anniebeez said...

Ohh noo!! I have just recently discovered your blog and am SO enjoying following your journey! Hopefully you will be back reinvigorated in the fall! Have a wonderful summer!

Janie Husband said...

i will miss your posts also, martha....have a wonderful summer... hugs.....

Bernie said...

Oh Noooooo.I follow your blog daily and I am so inspired by your journey with your art. It give me so much heart as I am only a beginner but then I look at your examples and you say you are trying to come to terms with oil paints.....I look at your blog and I think...I hope I can be that good some day. You make your paintings so personal I feel a part of every example you have on your blog. I will miss you but have a wonderful break and can't wait to see what you produce over your break. Bernie in Oz

Sharon said...

Martha I have learned so much from your classes,color drop,poppies and pears. I always wanted to learn watercolor after painting in oils and acrylics. You opened the door and I thank you. I shall miss you but I know you will be having a good time. Give Bucky a big hug from an avid admirer! See you when you return.

LuckyDog said...

We will miss you, but have gobs of fun! Follow your heart!

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Anonymous said...

Martha,
I really enjoy your daily paintings and your posts! I am having Martha withdrawals!!! Let us see what you are doing at least once a week!!!!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Love the texture and colors!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Another beautiful painting Martha. I think I am getting to the point where I can say I recognize your work if I were to see it somewhere other than your blog.

Bev Davis said...

I just wanted to say you are missed I have looked forward to your blog for quite a while now. I love making greeting cards with my color drop flowers. And my go to lettering is calligrafun! I just bought yesterday a parallel pen. You have greatly inspired me. I want to say thank you!

ashok said...

wow! fantastic!

Introverted Art said...

I will miss your beautiful creations but can't wait to see the next ones.

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Bevie said...

I love your awesome painting Martha...sorry I haven't been by for a time. So much going on at this end...blessings and a safe 4th today!!! (((hugs)))

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