Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On Line Classes

I'm taking an e-course this month
with Mark Daniel Nelson.
We meet for an hour every Thursday and  
there is an assignment every week. 

"Coastal Living" 
12 x 12 oil

This week we were refocusing on 
three/four points of interest; 
(spots of sunlight, the dog bowl)  
as well as incorporating a
"big dumb shape".
(The purple deck) 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Back to Teaching!

It felt so good to be back teaching a two day 
"Intuitive Painting"workshop
at North River Arts Society this weekend.
I love that place.

It was a large group of mixed level painters,
so we attacked the basics on Day One.

Three Value Plan
Value to Color 
My demo 

Student work!

Limited Stroke 
(Surface quality) 

My 7 stroke demo
(with a mulligan) 

Student work
from a black and white photo. 
(his first oil painting!)  

Day Two:
Pattern Painting
We set up a large, busy, still life 
and everyone brought it objects.

We worked on zooming in with our I phones or I pads
to learn how to focus on shapes and colors. 
(No light and shadow) 

My demo

student work 
(she zoomed in on a pinecone and greenery 
in the orchid pot) 

I was so excited about the amazing work that was being created,  
I didn't get any other images.  

I'm newly inspired by the incredible
 sense of community
 and sharing of ideas
that happen during workshops.

Great work everyone.
It was a terrific weekend! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Working Larger from a Study

Exploring the limited pallet idea  
I did this larger version of the study posted previously. 

20 x 20 oil 

This was painted over another painting
so there is a lot of texture. 
I think the tonal pallet gives it a 
mid-century modern feel.

The 10 x 10 study:

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jumping In

Jumping right in to the New Year;
 submitting work to Juried shows, 
prepping for class that starts next week 
("Intuitive Painting" 5 Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 
and experimenting with some quick figure studies.  

Playing with color... 

"Catching Up"
10 x 10 oil 

...and using a limited pallet;
black, white, Indian yellow, and burnt umber.  

12 x 12 oil 

Happy to be wearing my "artist" hat again.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New year

Wishing you all a happy and creative New Year!  

I'm teaching a two day work shop
and a five week
"Intuitive Painting"
class at North River Arts Society 
in January.

It would be a great way to kick off 2018!

"This class is designed for the painter who is interested in creating 
more intuitive, bold, and exciting paintings. 
We will learn how to take a less representational, analytical approach to painting
 by allowing our intuition to lead us.
 Each week we will challenge ourselves to “think less and do more!” 
Through a series of quick, fun exercises, we will learn 
how to use color, shape, space, and line 
to express an idea or statement. 
We will be working from still life and/or photos 
and all painting mediums are welcome.
 Cut paper collage will be introduced along the way. 
Materials list to follow. "

Click HERE for more information. 

There a few spots open! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Abstract "Postcards"

I recently watched a demo by Jane Davies
 on YouTube where she made "abstract postcards" 
 by collaging different papers, crayons, etc. 
on a 8 1/2  x 11 sheet of media board.
Then she cuts them in fours to get a wonderful 
mix of patterns and textures. 

I ended up doing four of them in different colors
and had them framed together. 

(Sorry for the glare. 
I didn't photo them before having them framed!)  

I loved them so much, I kept them
 and hung them in our sitting room! 

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.