Monday, December 11, 2017

Making It Up

In my quest to become "less literal"
I am learning to make things up.  
Here, I made up the figure first,
then chose a composition that would
move the eye around the painting 
using color temperature. 

Night Beach 
20 x 16 

Letting the colors and shapes tell the story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Featured Artist at J Crew

I am going to be the "featured Artist" 
at the Derby Street J Crew this Friday 
from 10 - 2. 
Please come by if you're in the area! 

"End of Season"
16 x 20 oil 

I'll be featuring a few larger oil paintings
and many affordable 
Mini- Collages
3 x 3 matted and framed 
to 8 x 8 

Using Color Temperature

Working on the 
"Push/Pull" of using colors. 
warm /cool 
light /dark 
intense /dull 
a la Hans Hoffman. 

I painted over this painting 
that had been hanging around the studio for weeks. 

Now I wish I had kept the original! 
Oh well. A good lesson.

Here are some I Pad 
experiments I did during the process. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Collage Informs Painting

Working with cut paper collage
let's me play with color and design.
In many ways,
I think it is beginning to inform my paintings.
It's a great way to simplify.

Gordon's Pond 
9 x 10 

I went to an wonderful demo by
  at Concord Art this week.
She showed us many different ways to 
"paint" papers for use in collage.  
 I was enthralled. 

She showed us how to make "stamps" 
using adhesive craft foam 
attached to foam board. 
Oh boy. 
There is no end to what you can do with it!   

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Inventive Color

Experimenting with intense colors
to see how they work with each other.

I used a black and white image
that forced me to invent colors.

Work in Progress
14  x 12 

  I recently primed assorted sizes of white surfaces 
with mid value acrylic paint.  

  Bring on winter and those long uninterrupted
hours in the studio.
I'm ready!  


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

High Key Painting

The last lesson for the Melinda Cootsona 
"Know Your Colors" 
e-class is to do a high key painting.

I experimented with the techniques
she uses in the demo which include 
using muted colors, palette knife, and half tones. 
I somewhat lost the idea of 
a low key value plan, 
but learned a lot.  

I'm going to keep working on this one.
(The head is too small and shadow shape is too dark.) 

"If a painting isn't working,
it means it needs more work".

Friday, November 24, 2017

Analogous Color Pallet

Lesson #4 (Melinda Cootsona E-course) 
is using 4 Analogous Colors.

For this I used 
Red-Orange, Red, Red-Violet and Violet

It was difficult to get the
"cools" for the background! 

I used a previously done gouache 
of the Wine Country as a reference. 

I had great fun doing this on this on the I Pad. 
I put analogous colors 
directly on an image of a landscape with my pinky!