There has been a brief pause due to a snow barrage. Been scurrying around to get supplies and also get ready in case the power goes out-a frequent event in my neighborhood.
This is watercolor on Bristol board. Lots of adding and wiping out. It's fun but it takes a while because you can't wipe out spots unless the paint is kind of dry.
Today I'm trying an old favorite technique learned from Burton Silverman's Breaking the Rules of Watercolor. You use Bristol Board and a tiny bit of white gouache, paint in layers and wipe out here and there as you go. This is the first layer. Hope I can still do this! 5"x 7".
Years ago I lived in an apartment with a deck. We installed a nail sticking up on which to stick fruit and pinecones. A very fat mockingbird visited so often I named him Gordo. Gordo would come to eat and even sometimes to get out of the rain.
I am enjoying doing watercolors again and in this very busy January, a small watercolor is just about right!
This is pretty embarrassing. Last time I attempted 30 paintings in 30 days I only got to day 2. Hopefully this time I can keep going.
I'm actually kind of excited; I'm doing these 30 paintings in watercolor-a medium I haven't used in over 20 years. I recently started missing it, and inspired by some others' watercolors I've seen, I wanted to pick it up again.
I'm practicing to teach my first Palette Knife painting class at Olli, Duke's Center for Learning in Retirement. I took this photo a little bit crooked, so some of the corners aren't cropped. This is an exercise I will use to teach the class. Pears have a more interesting shape than, say, apples.
First day of Leslie Saeta's September 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. This one is also a "breakthrough" for me; I've learned a new way of painting that is compatible with my real estate business. I can put a layer on, go show a house, put another layer one, make some calls, and so forth. I'm SO excited!
Kathy Cousart has inspired me to try cold wax so I'm taking an oil and wax workshop for 2 days in Raleigh this weekend with Jeff Erickson. Can't wait. I've been trying it on my own and I'm not really sure how to proceed but it seems to be fun. Only problem so far is I have a hard time being patient enough to let a layer dry before I go on. I'm painting scene of a goose in a pond and I think this is the 6th or 7th layer and I can see quite a few more to come. I plan to cover most of the water and just have some of the color showing. It's fun though! WORK IN PROGRESS
So we all know what Mom really gets to do at the beach! What wonderful weather we have had this year!
I started this one with a transparent underpainting as I learned to do in a recent workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry.
Then I went on to add some opaques and also darken the figures.
Here we are cold again. My azaleas are blooming and the dogwoods all around are peeking through the woods like shy angels.
I'm dreaming of the beaches of my life. There has always been a beach either close by, such as when I lived there when my father was in training for the Navy, when I lived there as a young newlywed, and now just 2 1/2 hours away whenever I want to go. It still thrills me to walk along the shore and pick up treasures or to take my raft and float in on a wave.
At the Sea-Side
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more. Robert Lewis Stevenson
When I got ready to paint Beau's image on my iPad I couldn't find the stylus so I just used my finger. I couldn't even remember how to work the great App Paper 53. Now, I wonder where that stylus went!
I saw this little hummingbird at the Zoo in Tucson, sipping on some pink flowers. I was so thrilled to see him and that he actually showed up in the picture! This is the first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days for January 2014.
I just finished a wonderful workshop with the fabulous artist and teacher Dreama Tolle Perry. This is the first painting I have done since that workshop. She is a former watercolorist as am I, and her method is to paint the first layer of the painting with transparent oils. Yes, there are transparent oils. Then, withoust waiting for the first layer to dry, you start right in with your regular paints-some opaque, semi-opaque, or even transparent. It's a really fun way to paint. As a vegetarian I look forward to Pumpkin Pie as my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. My daughter, Lauri Norman, makes a delicious Pumpkin Chiffon PIe and of course we have it with plenty of real whipped cream! You can email me for the recipe!
Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
9"x12" Oil on arches 140lb paper
Well, I've learned a lot so far! I thought I would take this period and experiment with different surfaces, media, etc. and so far I have. I thought that would be quick and I wouldn't be invested in "perfectionism." Turns out that Every one of those differences is more challenging than I thought! It takes even longer to figure out what surface to use, what experiment to try, how to use different media(acrylics drove me nuts) and even how to compose in different sizes. I still think it will be a valuable way to grow, however I may only try one change per painting instead of 3 or 4 at once.
Having fun with experimenting and using different materials. This was painted on top of an earlier brightly colored non objective acrylic painting. I have been reading Finding Your Visual Voice by Dakota Mitchell. One of the questions she gives for consideration is about whether your vision and inspiration is from internal focus(imagination) or external focus(physical world.) Many artists are somewhere on the continuum between. My passion is for the beauty of the earth and reverence for life so my paintings usually are on the external side of the continuum however I have dreams of crossing over at least to suggestion and mystery, depicting the great mystery.
I'm starting the Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I haven't painted in a week so I'm glad to have a push. These cows were painted quickly in an attempt to loosen up. I think the photo lighting could be better. Next in the 30 day series I'm going to use some fun ways to create paintings like color transfer, stamping, and even acrylics. I've been reading my Edward Betts books. Now there was a creative soul.
I am inspired to paint more loosely and use thicker paint so I'm painting some small quick studies. I just received 2 Cow Calendars from Roos Schuring. They are just amazing so I got out my cow photos and started painting. These cows were in the mountains of NC near Asheville.
Just finished a wonderful painting workshop with Qiang Huang at the Waverly Artists Gallery in Cary. What a privilege to be taught by this very accomplished artist right here in the Triangle. I didn't have to travel to Austin TX where he lives. Qiang is a very fine artist and also a superior and giving teacher. He had the best set up for viewing his demonstrations that I have ever seen!
His teaching of the basic principles of painting, composition, value, color, brushwork, and edges, are applicable to all media. Qiang went around to each student several times a day and gave instructions according to the students level. He is planning a painting workshop trip to his native China for this fall. Check out his blog to see his beautiful work and also for future updates about the China workshop
Today I am excited to announce that I have started teaching an oil painting class here in Durham NC. Class is Wednesday afternoon, 1:30 to 4:30. We talk, have a lesson and then paint with supervision in my glass walled living room.
Wow, this one was so hard to photograph; rainy day, etc. I know Spring is all mixed up this year; trees in Duke Gardens are already in full bloom and tonight we're supposed to get heavy snow! I always love it when the irises come up!
Today I was in a funk; couldn't decide what to paint, even if to paint, Going around and around looking at all my photos. Finally I saw this one I had always wanted to paint but I had envisioned a large painting. Anyway, I just grabbed a 6"x6" black gessoed panel and sor of attacked it with my palette knife and a wipe out tool.Had FUN and I kinda like it!
This is a great white egret I photographed in the everglades. During breeding season the area around their eye becomes bright green and they grow special plumage -long white skinny feathers not visible in this view. It is always challenging to paint a white animal or bird and mix all the different nuances and shades of white for shadows, curves, sunlight. This is another palette knife painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
She's looking at him but he's playing hard to get! Palette knife painting # 10 for Lesie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I'm planning to switch soon to a new brush I bought for Dreama Tolle Perry's Workshop.
I finally found all my original koi photos. I was reduced to visiting pet stores! This is another palette knife painting and day 5 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! Good thing she did this; been a little lazy lately but this has got me going! Thanks Leslie.