Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Today I took a notion. It was my day off, I was up early, the sky and land are doing all those beautiful early-morning-Autumn things lately, yet it was warm out, so I decided to go paint plein air (outside). The painting above is the fourth one I did, after the sun was fairly well out. I did three paintings prior to this one. They were all sort of misty, sunrisey. I was thinking of leaving, as I had a hair appointment this morning, but when I turned around and saw all the color BEHIND me now that the sun was up, I decided to stay ("I have paint left on my palette....why not?").
I didn't really see a great composition, but I decided I could make something of it. I know we can probably point out numerous technical/perspective problems with the painting....however, I had a great time painting it, and that's what counts. I haven't been out painting with my acrylics in a long time, and I could see how all the still life practice has paid off. I had a certain confidence while painting this that if anything I didn't want to see was happening in the painting, I could just correct it, and I knew I could make the scene into something I would be happy with. This, my dear friends and Watchers, is progress!
Notice it is larger than my usual. The first three I painted were smaller. I brought one large board, remembering that Hank Buffington told me a couple of years ago that painting plein air with acrylics is actually easier when you paint large, because the paint has enough time to dry in one area while you're painting a different part of the painting-- you can then come back and put more layers in the areas that have already dried. Well, Hank was sooooooo right. I'll have to write and tell him. I had so much more fun painting this large one than the three smaller ones, and I don't think it took much longer.
So, then I went and got my hair cut. The woman who cuts my hair happens to be in charge of the County Fair. Usually I miss the fair because I am out of town, but I was happy to be able to tell her that this year I would finally be able to attend. I mentioned (feeling oh so safe, because I knew I had already long missed this year's deadline) that I would be checking out the art entries to see if I would feel worthy of entering in next year's fair. She said, "Oh, I can still get you into this year's fair!" I told her I would think about it, and she called her co-chair of the Fair to ask about art entries and give her my info. She said, "No pressure or anything, but the tag is already made for your painting!"
So.....I decided to do it. Mainly because she told me that professionals cannot enter the fair, and I expect that within the near future, I will start offering my paintings for sale. If I ever want to show in our County Fair, it has to be now. Plus, the person who cuts my hair is a sweetheart and it seemed to really please her to have me put a painting in the Fair! She's been doing my hair probably about 15 years or so now and does me a great service, so I am happy to please her.
See--BIG art day. I'm kind of nervous about the Fair. I've become used to showing you my paintings on-line. I'm not entirely sure who reads this blog, but I have a fairly good idea that I know who reads it regularly. I have never shown my art in my community before, other than at an open studio a long time ago. And I didn't have much art to show back then. Usually I just show my paintings to a select few people. So this Fair thing will be a new step for me.
Long post, Watchers. Thanks if you hung in there for all this....thanks, too, if you just popped in to look at the painting, which is always fine and welcome.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I painted this for a challenge at Daily Paintworks. They have a weekly challenge and anyone who wants to can put a painting on the site showing their take on the subject. I am getting closer to being ready to join Daily Paintworks, where the artists are able to post up to one new painting per day for sale. I figured posting to the challenge page was a good way to try out the technicals. The challenge I painted this one for was in June....it may be a bit goofy to paint for a challenge that was a few months ago, but my point was to NOT be seen! If I messed it up, I didn't want anyone to notice!
My main reason for trying one of the challenges (and the part I could use your help with) was to see how the quality of my photograph of the painting looked in comparison to others on the page. I'm not really asking you to judge the quality of my painting itself, although I am always open for comments. But, if you are so inclined, I would really appreciate if you would go look at the challenge page and see if my PHOTOGRAPH is decent enough to join and post paintings there. This was photographed with natural light, rather than the studio lighting set-up, so I will have to paint for another challenge so I can test out the formal lights.
How to find it....still haven't learned how to put a direct link on my posts....so...go to dailypaintworks.com Then at the top, there are tabs---choose the one for Challenges, scroll down to June 23, the Reading Challenge and click on that. My painting as of this morning was the second one, I guess cause I just posted.
Thanks! Any comments/advice much appreciated.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Actually, please feel free to say whatever you want. I think this photo is a little blurry, but it was the best I could do today. I meant to put in some skin tones on the male's face, but when I got to this point, I was afraid I would ruin what I had, so I just called it done!
Kind of different for me, but thought it was time I showed you another painting. I am trying to paint what I want as I want, and to embrace the things that acrylics allow me to do (especially painting in layers). I don't know where this path will lead me, but I feel things are evolving for me with my painting....
Oh...the blue to the left of the female dancer was accidental. I have a terrible habit of continuing to paint when it is too dark to see well.
I do need to do something about my indoor lighting.....
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Here's another one I never showed you. This was painted in March 2012. Painted outside. Was quite challenging.
In terms of current work, I'm still doing studies. Hopefully getting closer to showing you something new. The studies are kind of personal right now. They have to do with finding my voice and way of working. Nothing I feel comfortable showing yet, but hopefully will get there one of these days.
I've also been busy having a cold (over it now) and getting ready for a trip/workshop in October. I have to get ready now so I don't feel rushed.
Thanks again, Watchers!