Monday, May 22, 2017

Introducing New Exercises


I taught a one day workshop at the 
where I introduced some new exercises. 

First, I combined "designing with three values" 
with a "value to color" exercise.  


It worked out well, but next time
we will use four values.
Using only three is too limiting. 



In the afternoon we did a series of 
"generational contour drawings",
zooming in on objects in a busy still life.  



Then we did paintings from our sketches, 
thinking about the relationships of shape, line, and color.   
My friend Page Railsback came up with this gem! 


These talented artists were all   
"willing to try anything"
and I learned so much from them. 

Now it's time to get to work,
 and practice what I just taught! 




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Studio time

I've been using the cool grey days lately 
to put some time in the studio.   
This painting took many twists and turns
throughout the week, 
to be sure.  


"Sea Level Seating" 
12 x 12 oil 


NOTE:
That painting inspired me to do this collage
for the annual 
NRAS Festival Silent Auction donation.
Each artist member was given a 16 x 16 cradled wood support 
to create a work reflecting a word. 


My word is "Relax"

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Letting it Out


While talking about our painting journeys recently,
a friend said,
"At this stage, it's all in there.
Our job is to just let it out".   

I love that.
                                     
I'm feeling like I'm at that stage these days, 
so I went to my favorite subject matter
and approached it without thinking too much. 

"Beach Happy"
On the easel (wip) 
16 x 16 

The use of large flat shapes of color 
has been an evolving element 
throughout my painting journey
and it feels good to be just 
letting it out! 









Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring is arriving (slowly)

Spring is arriving in New England 
without much fan fare this year. 
(little sun)
However, there are signs of it everywhere. 


Spring Project 
(study)
14 x 11
oil 
I painted this after a recent visit to my friend's garden. 
Her potting shed/ green house was just beginning to get organized,
and I found the chaos inspiring. 

NOTE: 
What a difference a season makes!  

Gordon's Pond February 1


same spot May 1 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Still At It


Another experiment with a play ground. 


Play Ground 2
20 x 16 oil 

Not sure how I feel about this. 

After taking so many new classes and workshops this winter, 
I'm feeling a bit over loaded with information. 
My work is all over the place, trying new approaches
and I'm getting lost. 
Think I need to take a break from experimenting,  
relax, breathe, and just paint for the fun of it. 





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

I did it again! 
This feels over worked and too literal,   

"Playground"
20 x 16 oil 

compared to my initial impression.   
(below).


I wish I had left it alone. 
Shoulda coulda woulda.    







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Connected Online

I am blessed to be connected
 to so many other artists on line. 

Recently, a former student (and friend) sent me an image 
asking for advice on cropping.  
After editing it, I asked her if I could 
experiment with it myself.


My first version 

"Woman with Hat" 
8 x 8 
oil on carton board 


Version Two 

"Woman with Hat"
20 x 20 
oil on canvas 

I'm finally experimenting with a new approach
I learned at MDN workshop in AZ last month.


NOTE:


I sent this image of my initial start to an artist I met in AZ  
and was flattered that she wrote back that it reminded her
of this incredible painting.  


"Seated Figure with Hat" 
Richard Diebenkorn 
1967

I wish! 


Oh how I love the Internet.