Monday, August 29, 2011

My Sunshine


I got my Hawthorne on Painting book and I need to share this quote.  "First become the painter and the artist will take care of itself."  Powerful, right?  Just where I am now, a student of painting.

I worked very hard for a couple of days on this painting.  I wonder if I should be bolder with my color.  I thought about adding a red ribbon in the little girl's hair, but couldn't bring myself to taking away from the softness of the colors.  Both mother and daughter had the same color of hair and wore white.  I could have used my artist license and made the change, but decided to leave it alone. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ritz and PB

I found two fantastic artists, Dale Axelrod and his wife Camille Przewodek.  They worked with Henry Hensche and carry on his tradition by teaching his theories to others in workshops.  They recommend reading Hawthorne on Painting collected by Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne.  I have ordered it on Amazon and can't wait to read it.  Hensche's theories relate to color tones and how to paint them.  It is amazing how much there is to learn about color and how to see colors in shadows, sunlight, etc.  This still life painting is my attempt at color in light and shadows.  It was tricky using the palette knife and painting the details on the Peter Pan jar.  I am nuts :) about Peter Pan peanut butter!  Especially now since I'm trying to shed a few pounds and that's all I am craving. 
I also ordered some videos from Peggi Kroll Roberts.  Can't wait to get them.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Not much to say about this one.  It took me a while and I'm not sure I like the pink background.  I went from cadmium reds in the tomatoes to alizarin crimson in the backgroud and shadows. Think I'll look in my pantry next and see what strikes my fancy.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Red Beauty

As you can tell, I'm constantly trying something different.  I'm all over the place right now, but I like it all.  Still life is the closest to painting from real life I've managed to do so far.   Going to look around my kitchen for things to paint. 
Still spending a lot of time searching the internet for artists.  I take notes of things I come across and my stack of notes is getting quite large.  One blog leads to another.  I believe there's something to learn from everyone!  I'm commenting on others' blogs and wish I'd get some more comments on my blog.  Hint, hint...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bird watching

This is done in soft pastels.  I took a class when I was in Florida and tried this one from one of my own photos.  I was amazed at how much I love pastels.  I like the fact that you can layer and if you want to change something, you can use a pastel fix it spray and paint right over it.  I originally just had the boat and my wonderful instructor artist, Florence Anderson, suggested I add something living. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Want to race 2?

This is the second painting from the same photo.  I did this with a palette knife on an 8x10 panel without any underpainting.  S.P. Goodman said in his blog "studio tips" that he believes that you should paint the same subject many times.  I agree with him that I can learn valuable lessons by doing this.