Thursday, December 18, 2008
Half way through the painting, the tall butternut squash fell over, onto the floor. Trying to place it back in the right spot was a bit frustrating. But, after about ten minuets I figured I had fussed over it long enough and called it good. It teetered a few times after that, and I ended up wedging paper under one side for stabilization. The strange thing is that it stood up all night and then right in the middle of its portrait it decides to take a bow.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
There was a bit more to the cup, but I really tried to squint down and just capture the basics. Sometimes it is so tempting to want to get all the information we see with our eyes onto the canvas. Which is fine if that's what your after. But, I tend to like the 'less is more' route.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This has a certain 'study' feel to it. I was a bit tired when I painted this, and figured I would just block it in and then wipe it down. But, I ended up liking the result and figured it should be posted. Seven key limes for a buck. Oh wait, before I go, Doug asked me about my palette...
cad lemon yellow
cad yellow deep
trans iron oxide
and sometimes a black
Maybe it's a lot of colors. I don't know, its just what I am used to I guess. :)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
My camouflage peppers had turned completely yellow this morning, I had to paint them again.
I had a hard time getting a good photo of this one. I think the yellow in person is a bit more saturated then I am getting with the camera. I guess I need to figure out photoshop.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I don't squint as much as I should. Actually, what I do is kind of weird (and I don't endorse it), I slightly cross my eyes while closing one eye. This gets rid of all the details, and I can focus more on color and value. I don't know where I picked this habit up, but I do it constantly without even realizing it anymore. But for some reason, squinting, or doing the crazy cross eyed thing, helps with almost every aspect of painting. It seems so simple but it really seems to push everything else out and allow us to focus. It is an invaluable tool.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My internet has been acting a little funky. I painted this yesterday, but could not post it till now.
I was asked what boards I use. I actually don't buy canvas boards or panels from an art store. I think they are nice, but I have always been in the habit of just cutting and priming boards myself. I generally use MDF (but I think I am going to switch to Masonite). I try to put at least three coats of gesso using a seven inch squeegee so that I can get a nice smooth surface to paint on. This is the way I was taught how to prep boards, and have done it ever since. Sometimes on the last top layer I will lay the board flat on the ground and spray a thin film of water on top and let that dry. Once that is dry, the surface is usually really smooth...except for the time I went back outside and found twelve little gnats stuck to the nice white surface.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I cleaned out our storage unit recently and came across an old painting I painted a few years ago. I thought it would be fun to recreate the painting. The old one below is 24"x20", and probably the only time I have painted an object that small so large. I thought the colors were non conventional but still intriguing.This old painting is pretty beat up...Maybe I should take care of my older paintings.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Blue glass, purple cloth...what more could you ask for? Well maybe a little more. I set this up and liked by the shadow cast by the cup. Still, looking at the painting now I could have, alternatively, gone with a slightly different composition. Maybe a diagonal shadow, but that's what tomorrow is for. :)
Monday, October 27, 2008
I wanted to work with some stronger colors today...and I did. The fabric on the table top was very hard to match because of its brightness and color saturation. Every time I added white (or yellow) I lost color strength, and every time I added more cobalt the value became too dark. Just one more example how cool our eyes are, and how limiting our paints can be. But I like how it turned out.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My creativity with titles is gone for the day. But, this painting was fun, it actually reminds me of some of my work while I was is college. One of the things I learned in college was to memorize my position with respect to what I was painting or drawing. I would try and always reference a still object, like the corner of my easel with another mark in the room, so that my eyes were always in the same spot. Drawing becomes so much easier if things don't move around, including your eyes.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I wanted to get some more landscape painting done, but it was too windy this morning for any outdoor painting. I don't mind working in the cold, but wind is too hard to work with. I know a painter who actually build an easel that hooks onto his steering wheel so he never has to leave the comfort of his car when painting. Which is really a cool idea. He just backs his car into a nice spot on the road, turns on his heater, and paints. Hmmmmm....I think I need to build something like that.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have been wanting to get out of the studio for a while, and so I finally did. I went up the canyon and saw this scene from the road, and pulled over immediately. I think the person driving behind me was annoyed with my driving...sorry. Landscapes are so fun, I need to get out more often. Fun, but cold.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I admit this is a reoccurring composition. On this one, however, I lifted the focal point high on the board, and unintentionally cut the board almost in half with light and then dark. Half is usually a place to avoid when painting, but I think I am okay with how this turned out.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I have been trying to reduce my philosophy on art...at least my own art. I think it is fun to see how little I can do to create the illusion of the object. But, at the same time too little can also be a turn off. So, it becomes a balance of how much information to put down before stopping. I have been interested in that idea for a while. I think there are some great artists out there who do this better than I, but I am having fun trying.
Speaking of great artists...I came across an artist worth checking out. Her name is Deb Sterk. She truly is a daily painter.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I tend to paint rather slow. When I tell people each painting takes between two to three hours, some seem surprised. But really, even if my brush strokes appear loose or quick, I actually try to deliberately place each piece of paint. There are, however, some really great painters who can lay down a painting in twenty minuets. I've watched the videos, and they amazes me. But, I like the comfort of working slow.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I was at the grocery store and fell in love with the deep red on these beets, and had to paint them. But, when I brought them home and set them up they kept drying and turning a redish, brown color. So, every few minuets I had to sprayed them with a bottle to maintain their initial color.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I really like when I get just the right amount of paint on the canvas, where the brush starts to slip just a little. Thats when some interesting marks start to form. My problem is that I keep going (cause I am having so much fun) and cover up some of those marks. I have two thoughts at the same time: 1.'Oh I like that', and 2. 'That was fun, I wanna do that again'. Sometimes, Unfortunately, I listen to the second thought. But, I am happy with how this turned out.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I love any time I can get color to bounce off of another surface, like the apple in the teapot. Most everything will influence the surrounding, and I have always been interested in how light and color will bounce around. Even dull surfaces will absorb color. Take a red and green apple and place them on a white cloth, that cloth will have some red below the red apple, and green below the green. Its just a cool phenomenon.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I never seem to get too caught up in subject matter, or composition with daily paintings. Which is nice. Larger paintings tend to be fussed over... 'Where should I place this or that?'. I tend to move these daily ones until something small catches my eye, and paint it, realizing that tomorrow I can do something completely different. This one is certainly simple, but I really wanted to see how it would look with a bunch of space above the doughnut. And, tomorrow I may try something different.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I couldn't get a great shot of this...The one on the right has a bit more color than my camera wants to catch, but that is usually how it goes. I never seem to be able to completely transfer what is on my canvas to what is on my computer screen. But I think, hope, this is close enough.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Have you heard of Goop? Well, I'm sure many of you have, but after you are done painting you can condition your bristles with said product. I just get a little on each brush and the next day they are still nice and soft. It's fantastic. I actually learned the trick from Doug Braithwaite.
So, this got me thinking....what do you use?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Our Internet has been in and out since we moved. So, sorry if I have been slow to respond. So far I have really enjoyed this studio. My last studio was in our unfinished basement. We painted the concrete walls and and cleaned it up nicely, but my new space is so much nicer, although smaller.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Its funny that the direction of a stem can change a painting. I think we all tend to personify objects in a painting, and this personification really seems to dictate how I set up the initial composition... Hmmmm, Well, I guess only sometimes. Other times I set up a painting and, only later, realize the odd conversation an apple is having with another object. Or the way one apple might posses a dominate personality, and another shy...