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Friday, May 24, 2013
Found this hibiscus-like flower in a hedge on the way to the Asian Grill and Donut Shop early this morning. I used my green thrift store polo shirt and my mouse pad. Also, I have been using medium so the paint is more slippery, trying to have the paint application be more fluid.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Boy o boy, thanks for the kind comments. Props a girl up. Today I made it to Lowe's and back without killing anybody or getting lost. Bought another clamp lamp and regular bulb and spent some time on the ladder in the temp studio trying to figure out how to position the lights. These lemons are from the tree in the back yard here, and there is a tree next door loaded with grapefruit, owners absent. And all sorts of strange succulents in neighbors' gardens.....
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Made it to LA.
Am working temporarily in a dark place (physically, not noir-ish) and so have bought a $35 LED bulb. Noon light! But the shadows are very dark and sharp, so I have to think on this, what to do.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
These paintings will be used on the labels for Farm Girl Orange Marmalade and Red Pepper Relish.
(All these products, delicious.)
Am in the studio breakdown stage for the move and having anxiety, Oy!
These may be my last two until I am rooted somewhere again.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
This time I tried more color. I'm working the flowers first because they jump all over the place like tulips, then doing moving stuff, then going back to do a different section of the painting, etc. I am using an led lightbulb ($14!) which emits very little heat so the flowers don't wilt and move as much. This will be a great light to paint a chicken by, which is fun and I haven't done for a while. The incandescent bulb pretty much cooks the chicken so you have to race.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Been gone so long.
I am in the middle of moving from Texas to Los Angeles, and oh, moving is hellish.
I stole a morning to paint the bluebonnets, which I have done every March I have lived here.
I have 6 other panels prepared and hope to have a little run of them if I can manage it and don't get caught.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I currently have a student who is interested in painting African American celebrities, so we are working our way down a long list of them. Hence, 2Pak. We have been looking at Marsden Hartley and other more primitive painters to look at some of the ways a painting can be made and accepted as successful art. Also Bill Traylor and Mose Tolliver for ideas about paint handling, mark making and general fun with color and image.
The photo of 2Pak has been up on my wall for weeks and finally I had to paint him. He's so beautiful.
Monday, February 4, 2013
I have been so impressed with the paintings of bloggers who did the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. The paintings are very interesting and there is the sense even for the viewer, me, of the momentum building, and then it looks like more risks are being taken and fun is being had! Something light hearted enters the experience and also the finished painting. Cobwebs gone. Besides, it's more better to see a group of paintings from one person than one good painting from same, in my opinion.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Looking at Freud regularly these days. It sort of puts you in a gray frame of mind. This one was more difficult than I expected, that cow mask required some real investigation. I painted it first and as I adjusted it to the nose mouth ratio (correct relationship of nose to mouth) the horns went off the top and Elmo went off the bottom. So back to drawing on paper to get the image accurate, kind of. Second try, this one, I managed to get some of everything on there. A subconscious part of my interior engine wants to make everything, everything life size. Sometimes I see painters who use calipers to measure the head, and I want to run screaming into the street.
This mask also moos.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Ok, ok, it's NOT primitive. I used the term incorrectly. I have long lamented that I CAN'T make a real primitive painting because my brain is already too trained. But in this painting, I did it in a very short time, two sessions of about 40 minutes each, and I didn't worry about stuff, just worked fast and put the paint on thick and sort of mushed it around where I needed it to be. I'm looking for a different way to work, to put the paint on the surface and I don't know what that way is. I think I did this guy so often my head already knew where things went and I could concentrate on other stuff. All in all, the process of this one was the most satisfying.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
On to the second one, above the blue one. I tried to keep it mournful. Meh. Not so interesting. In the third one, the top, I lightened the background some so his hair would come forward and gave myself over to the color in skin. Lots of yellow and yellow green, although I tried to keep it to a purple/yellow range mostly. So now I'm sick of the whole thing. However, today I decided I would try ONE LAST TIME and paint a primitive painting (a la Marsden, my man) in which I did not worry about likeness or anything else but just whacked it in for the pure fun of it. I am halfway done with it, will finish up tomorrow. The thing is, this guy has such a beautiful mouth, it is so exciting to paint it. Maybe in the last painting I can do it justice.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
OK, so this one is a present for the 40th birthday of the sitter who may or may not be a family member.
I did it a million times trying NOT to get a likeness so she would be unrecognizable to her children and of course, I couldn't help but get her exactly. If only you could make that law work FOR you rather than against.