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!
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.
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.