Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Watching the Dolphins

oil 11x14 masonite

I was so happy with the painting of this boat that I wanted to do the whole scene.  I thought I'd show the painting process on this one.  I don't do this much, but think I will for myself.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cruising along

oil 8x10 canvas panel

While fishing at Casey Key last week, this boat went down the intercoastal and three dolphins swam right along side.  The people were squealing with delight.  They say if you tap the side of the boat, they will swim to you.  We also saw a manatee and an eagle that evening.  Unfortunately, my husband didn't catch any fish.

This was done from a photo I took that evening.  I went back to painting on black gessoed canvas panel.  I also used higher quality paint.  When I started painting again last year, I was using student grade paint not realizing the huge difference and have been wondering why the paint was like slipping off the board or canvas.  What a difference using better grade paint!  So much more pigment and actually I believe I'm using less paint. 

Also, I have been watching my DVD by Marilyn Simandle (Lake Garda, Italy) and she said she never uses medium.  So I thought I'd try that, too and liked the way the paint flowed.  She suggests using single primed canvas because it has more tooth and the paint sticks better.  I, also, plan on trying to stretch my own canvas.  I'm just moving right along.... there's more to painting than just painting.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll make a decision as to what kind of paint, what style I will stick with, what medium I will use, what surface I will paint on, what subject I will paint, whether I'll use medium or not and which kind, ...   on and on and on.  I hope I never tire of deciding among all these choices let alone the decisions one makes when painting the picture.

While doing this piece, I concentrated on shapes and values.  Something else I read once was to think of the painting like a collage and lay down shapes on top of shapes.  Also, I limited my brushstrokes.  I really enjoyed painting this one!

Friday, May 11, 2012

No ditching!

oil 8x10 masonite
I don't know what it is about painting boats that gives me such pleasure.  I don't even own one now but have had a few in my past.  Love the water!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vacation Paradise

Oil on 8x10 masonite panel

Getting all the different tones within the sillouetted area and still having them read as the same value was a challenge. Using my mirror, I was able to see it.  My DVDs are paying off.  Finally some good things are committed to my memory.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Watching the Sunset

Oil 8x10 masonite
Sunset at a beach is the best!  My husband and I try to catch as many as possible.  We have been in Sarasota five months now as you can see from his tan. 

Getting all those shadows on the clothes and sand was a challenge.  I'm paying close attention to the skin tone changes.  I was pleased with how this came out.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

More figurative practice

Continuing to practice skin tones and figurative drawing.  Trying to be conscious also of values and light sources.  I am still working from photos.  When I get home I'm going to have my daughter pose for me. 

I'm not working long on these.  I haven't actually timed myself, but I should.  Today I'm going out to look for some neutral still life props so I can do Peggi Kroll Roberts' exercise on limited palettes. 

I'm right now dedicating myself to putting in the mileage of learning the skill and practicing, experimenting, recording to my muscle memory, whatever you could call it.  I sure would appreciate any comments.  Looking back at my progress, I know that I'm improving, but when I look at other artists work, I am in awe of what they do and set that higher goal for myself.  I don't know if it will be in this lifetime, but I'm giving it my best attempt.  Attending workshops around the country just aren't in the cards for me right now so I buy DVDs as I can.  Revisiting them every once in a while has been good for me.