Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
First, these are the fattest radishes I have ever seen. Practically the size of eggs. And they have lots of pink in them, however, I am using for the first time an SLR camera and the color and contrast is strangely off and I don't have a clue how to fix it. Off to the manual.
Ok now the first one is the old camera. Worlds apart, neither correct. AAAUGH!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I'm pretty relaxed about this because I'm in the pilgrim mode. This is what I have decided about the flower part: it should be figured out before you load up your brush with paint, and then established quickly with the fewest possible strokes. Not that I did that, but I can see the necessity of it, so maybe next time... One of the most fun parts in this painting was setting up the dark background and foreground and then distinguishing the temperature of the blacks. I looked at Stanley Bielen and Celia Reisen for instruction.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I sprang for some peonies. They are my most favorite flower, raggedly beautiful and the fragrance has not been bred out of them. However, I have never painted them before because they are so full of shredded petals and I don't know what to do with all that. This is the second try, but I figure if I stick at it, I will get it eventually. I am looking at everybody else's peonies on line for help, and also I have a little book of Manet's Last Flowers, which has them. Manet's peonies are so minimal they are like puffs of steam, but essentially a peony. I think some types might be easier to paint than others.... some have larger petals and some have lots of shred. I tried to take the easy way out but only the shredded ones were in my grocery store.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I was playing with the tying to the edge idea again. Also, I wanted to make the back part of the painting tip forward by using white in the background -- to flatten the picture plane, flatness and depth together. It's much more clean edged than I intended, what was I thinking....
The turquoise painting was the first one, and that bright strip at the bottom was one diagonal too many. In the top painting, I used a gray purple in that space and the composition has enough of a vertical now so that it works better. I wonder what I learned here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Howard Hodgkin is so much more brutal than this little still life, but this is his direction. His paint does not describe anything either. Oh but the life of his paintings! And we are both completely committed to the polka dot.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
OK, now I'm sick of the whole thing, but before I left this subject I wanted to use the wrought iron work that was in the background of one of the photos. I wanted to tie something into the painting that came out to the edge. I'd really like to tie something completely arbitrary from the figure to the edge, but I thought I should start with something real to get used to this idea.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
First, thank you everyone for such funny and kind comments on the last painting. I had this brainstorm that if I whited up my face it might be easier to see the planes of values, which it was, except I couldn't or didn't get the mask stuff on evenly enough to keep my skin from showing through in some places, which made for warm ruddy areas next to cool whites -aaaugh! In this one (I was out on the back porch trying to keep the neighbors from seeing me in whiteface and my underwear) there was an interesting slice of bright light that made it around the porch post and hit the side of the face, so there was an opportunity to find the brightest white possible. A good exercise in whites.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Well, I was selected for the jury as I expected and we had the whole thing finished by lunch, which left the afternoon, so I had some time to play. I have a new book on Howard Hodgkin, fabulous British abstract painter, and he concerns himself with the question of placement which is interesting to me and also the biggest most delicious element of all, color. So I moved some forms around in the manner of H.H. and went at it. Exhilarating actually, not to be so confined to realism, and to keep the forms very basic, looking for the tension in the mix.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Hooray, good to be posting again. I have been working on a larger painting, lots of scraping down and re-doing, but I think I'm out of the woods today. So I painted this for fun and to reward myself for sticking at things. This actually is my one and only nasturtium blossom from a big pot I planted from seed. I have lots of leaves and I love the round shapes of them. These are Empress of India and are supposed to be deep red, but this orange is good enough.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Big brush, harsh light, simple forms in this one, the object was to find a way to knit the forms together into a painting. I like the word knit for this process, Catherine Kehoe used it in a lecture she gave recently at Mass Art. I wish I had been there to hear it! It is posted on her website catherinekehoe.com.