May 31, 2008
May 30, 2008
This is being shipped tomorrow... still wet... to Oregon to be a graduation gift. Packing will be interesting! At least it will be framed and the frame can be the structure around which the packing will be formed.
A last minute ring change was requested, so a photo of a different ring was emailed this afternoon. I'm very pleased with this painting. It's super tight and smooth, but there are some sweet brushstrokes tucked here and there that I got to leave.
I'll sleep well tonight.
May 29, 2008
May 26, 2008
May 24, 2008
Twelve wonderful artists spent the day with me, taking notes, asking questions, adding terrific asides and making plans for their own blogs. Three or four already have theirs started and want to really use them well. Most were starting from scratch, but I could see the wheels a-turning in their minds about their blogs-to-be. It's hard to believe we actually finished at 3:30, since there was so much to cover. I think there was the slight scent in the air of overcooked cerebrum toward the last. I can't wait to see the baby blogs as they emerge!
The artists who attended were: Sherrie Allyn, Donna Bland, Ann Seago, Marilyn Moore, Chris Armes, Beckah Krahula, Brigitte Tuttle, Jay Lauver, Bonnie Mann Eddleton, Susan Raine, Judy Korge and Mary Shepard. I was showing them the little video camera- Flip Video- that I used for the videos on my blog and just turned it on and swung it around toward their faces. Everyone went suddenly silent except Mary, who was the grande finale of the 14 seconds it was recording. Love that Mary.
Thank you all for making this such a great day!
May 23, 2008
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Oil on gessoed panel (Gessobord), 6" x 6".
Varnished and signed. Signed with gold paint pen.
This fellow plays at Jim Cullum's Landing on the Riverwalk in San Antonio and I took some reference photos of him on a stroll recently. I was playing around with my new Flip video camera soon after that and decided to record the process of painting this one. The video is on here on my blog on the May 6 posts, if you'd like to watch it.
This is my first painting on eBay in two and a half years! It's scheduled to go on this evening at 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
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May 22, 2008
I think the bit of decoration on the umbrella helped. I fiddled with her nose and the background a bit, too. Oil on panel 6" x 6"
I had to make up the duck on this one. All the images I had were the backs of ducks. Hope this feels plausible. Oil on panel 6" x 6"
May 20, 2008
Some of you may know the Jim Cullum Jazz Band from National Public Radio. It broadcasts from the Riverwalk here in San Antonio. I was walking with Karen after work the other night and took some photos of these fellows as we passed by and painted them today. The sax player is the one I painted with the blue hat a couple of weeks ago from a different photo.
This is an oil on gessobord, 6" x 6". While I was painting it, I got to have several magical conversations with people who walked in the gallery. The woman of one couple may be a distant cousin of mine- her mother's maiden name was Carlin and hailed from the same part of the country my Carlins are from. I had several other coincidental connections with them, too.
I love my work! (You've probably figured that out already, right?)
May 19, 2008
May 18, 2008
Riverwalk's Cafe Ole in San Antonio Ok, I may have to stick to portraits. I did enjoy the Cafe Ole part, but the water ate my lunch. And the trees. What should I have done? Can this be fixed? It seems to be jumbled and a mish mosh of colors, which is what the reference photo is, of course. Simplify? I would someday like to feel as though any subject matter is possible for me to paint. Feeling shut out of landscapes by my as-yet-inadequate methods is frustrating. I wondered whether to post this, but truth is truth and maybe someone has advice for me that will penetrate the fog around my head on this subject.
May 15, 2008
This is a 6" x 8" oil on canvas panel that I thought I finished..... and now that it's a small photo on my monitor, I see that I still have a few things to change. The walking man's calf is too pasty and the tree too prominant, and the blue railing sloping. Drat! I've already spent maybe 5 hours on this painting so there's no way to get my time back out of it unless I make prints. Am I the only one who thinks like that? I'll go ahead and push publish and then see what I can do to improve the oddities and will post it again later. My dad took the reference photo when he was visiting. I took a couple of boats out and moved the walking couple further back into the painting. I'll post the photo with the improved version in a bit.
May 13, 2008
Listed on eBay- Go HERE to see listing.
This was a fun little painting to do. 6x6 on gessobord. The polka-dots were a bit of a challenge, but I like how they look now. I'm working on a 6x8 on canvas panel of the Riverwalk. Talk about challenge! I'm way out of my comfort zone. I'll let you know how I manage.
May 11, 2008
May 10, 2008
This is a 5x7 painting I set out to complete quickly yesterday. Ha! First of all, painting landscapes or florals or vegetation in any of its forms is still a bit foreign to me. Add to that the starting and stopping due to several visitors and phone calls while I painted. I must've spent two hours on this.
I found the photo reference on Angela Fehr's Painting Simplicity blog and boldly (ok, timidly) asked if I might be allowed to use it for a painting reference. Angela graciously agreed. Thank you, Angela! The only real change to the reference I made was painting a picket gate instead of a chain link one.
Today I took my laptop and projector to Coppini Academy and tested out the wireless connection and the lighting for the projector. All works great. I'm getting excited about the blog workshop coming up- two weeks from today!
May 8, 2008
I'm pleased with my finish on this painting, an 11"x 14" oil on stretched canvas. I had said something on Tuesday about perhaps keeping this version and painting another for the client who might prefer a tighter/smoother rendition. What I realized today, AGAIN, is that I didn't need to keep the painting-I had the experience and the breakthrough. My finish here is a blend of both- some of the pure strokes left alone, some tamed to a previous standard.
I had to return the composition closer to the original photo references- with the light coming over his shoulder on the viewer's right. Dark there didn't make sense with the light on his face. I also replaced his hand with one from another reference and kept some foreshortening with it.
I got to meet this man and his wife, visitors to the gallery on their trip to San Antonio a few days ago, and have exchanged a few emails with him in the preparation for this painting. I think the "feel" is right now. He's a physics professor with a quick, lively mind, and very, very observant. I love that he was concerned that I show his wedding ring. I hope he'll be pleased.
The paintings in my house used to be all ones I painted myself. Ok, well, maybe they still are.... mostly. But I've discovered another benefit to blogging- Exposure to great art. Completely affordable art. Art that is made by artists you get to know. Art that shows up in your mailbox and makes your whole day happy when you see it on your wall. Wonderful!
In the last few weeks I've become the proud recipient of four beautiful paintings. All small. Each a jewel. Let me introduce you to the paintings and the artists who made them:
Carol Marine painted this as a demo at the great workshop she did in March in Round Rock, TX, and I got to watch:
Luscious. It's a 6" x 6" oil on canvas panel. Go check out her wonderful small, daily paintings HERE, but come back when you're done. I have more to show you!
This is (I'm not kidding you) a 2" x 2" oil on paper by Sarah Sedwick. Stunning. By some trick of fate I got to be her first buyer of her small, daily paintings. Go see her work HERE, but do come back, there's more!
Kathryn Law painted this in oil on a 6"x 6" stretched, gallery-wrapped canvas just days before she found out she's getting to move to Italy to paint. My heart rate zoomed when I saw it. You can go see her work HERE. Again, come back! The painting arrived today, packed oh-so-well, and it went right up in my dining room. Beautiful! (No, I didn't paint the one of the back of the girl's head. Karen's mother painted that as her self portrait. Cool, yes?)
This is a cool pastel painting (4" x 5") of a cropped-in-close Weimaraner's face. You can go HERE to see her work. I got to meet Pattie at Carol Marine's workshop in March. She's a fun and versatile artist in Kansas.
Now, I'll bet if you follow a few links on a few artists' blogs, you'll find something you'll want to see every day in your home or your office or to give a good friend. Some artists will have a link to their eBay auction, or a handy PayPal button for an easy transaction , but most artists will appreciate you asking "Is it for sale? How much?" either through the email link on their profile or by leaving the question in a comment. I don't know any artist who isn't thrilled that someone sees value in the work they do.
May 6, 2008
I saved a little time at the end of my day to give this painting some last touches. Didn't want to overwork it, and that's so easy for me to do... I'm happy with it.
I started this 11x14 oil on stretched canvas today and was so pleased with the fact that (so far) I've left the brushstrokes alone and the colors cleaner. The yellow seems to be emphasized in this photo (on my monitor, anyway) when it's not so dominate in reality. I may keep this version for myself and paint the portrait again for the client, who may prefer my more usual tighter style.
May 5, 2008
May 4, 2008
Today was a sweet Sunday full of ordinary pleasures with my little family. Although I didn't paint today, my mind was busy with art-related things.
Karen and I drove to Austin to pick up three of my paintings from the APS exhibition this year, and was introduced to a member I hadn't met before who plans the program for the Central Texas Pastel Society. She asked if I might demonstrate for their group this year sometime. Being asked to demo always feels good and I'm already planning out in my mind what I'll do for them.
On the way up and back I did some brainstorming on the Blog Workshop I'm giving on the 24th and also the one I'm planning to offer online to those for whom time and distance would prevent them from coming. I'm going to learn so much in the process of packaging the information for others!
Have a good week, ya'll!
May 3, 2008
I painted this right at the end of my day today. The backlighting was in an interesting pattern, I thought, skimming across the hair between the ears like that, and I liked the way the light lit up the ears all pink, too. I also sold two small paintings I did in the Marine/Jurick workshop in March. All in all, a satisfying way to wind up the week. Tomorrow I go to Austin to pick up the three paintings I had in the Austin Pastel Society Exhibition. It's always good to see the other APS members. Even picking up paintings feels like a party with those folks.
The band we saw last night was The Belleville Outfit. Great fun Texas Swing done by six musicians who look about 14 years old. Have a good Saturday evening, ya'll!