I can hardly believe it has been over 4 months since I have posted on my blog or even uploaded new work to my website. Time sure does fly!! I’ve been enjoying working in my garden, visiting the kids, kayaking, painting on location and in my studio. Here’s a photo I saw of the ingenuity of a painter who forgot his easel. Check it out….this could happen to you!
Not bad eh?
What? Rain for a week in Central Oregon? Reminds me of the coast! It’s a good time to gather with fellow artists to do some figure drawing. These were 5 minute poses (always a challenge):
Friends WILL sneak up behind you to snap your photo! Yips!
If you are taking advantage of this nice spring-like weather, you are definitely having fun!!!
I like to think of my studio as a laboratory where I can go and experiment with paint, shapes, color, value, on and on. This time of year I am thinking of my Mother in law and how to surprise her for Valentines Day. So I painted a huge heart in acrylic and will attach it to her front door (at the assisted living home), then surround it with valentines her kids, grand kids, and good friends, make for her. I know it will make her smile! I’ll post a photo of the door when I create it (in secret).
Step One: Set up something exciting to paint and jump in, fast and furious. Make sure you are listening to music that makes you want to dance!
Step Two: Focus on the painting because by now it should be talking to you. Here I ditched the white flowers in my set up since they didn’t add anything to the composition. Change the music to something more contemplative.
Step Three: Soften some edges, sharpen some edges, remove anything that doesn’t work, pour a glass of wine….Done.
What a busy time of year! Unfortunately I haven’t been behind my brush very much due to holiday travel, the flu, and computer issues. I look forward to after the start of January to finally get back into the studio to finish up some fall paintings for my Featured Artist show in February. To all you artists out there, I hope you will get back to painting soon too!
“One can never graduate from painting pears” – Laura Rob. So true! Pears from life are a great way to continue your development in learning to “see”. They are simple organic shapes with lots of plains. When you observe a pear with an artist’s focus, you learn the subtle differences of color, temperature, and value. And DON’T paint those little stuck on tags, or the little dark imperfections; they will destroy the pear’s integrity!
Here are a few I did yesterday:
After posting those deep, but (hopefully) inspiring words, in my last post, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit with this photo my friend, and fellow painter, Susan Hood, took of me the other day at The Pond.
We all live fast paced lives, blowing past breathtaking views at 60 MPH. Thoreau sat in his doorway from dawn to dusk, watching the light and shadow move and change. Today we post a quick iPhone image to Facebook and are on our way. Socrates warned: “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” Thankfully we painters are willing to spend the hours, that we seemingly don’t have, in front of that view, whether humble or awe inspiring, investing each brush stroke with years of observation, looking into the depth of the shadows, deciphering the color of a light drenched moment in life. And people will take those paintings home, and at their leisure, will be able to experience the fullness of a landscape or buildings that they have only found time to drive past.
Turning our gardens into lasting memories:
16 x 12, oil
8 x 6, oil study