Thursday, June 30, 2011
another from the plein air session - blocking in shapes rather than drawing the figure works best for these.
actually its something to strive for in all my paintings. I tend to 'draw' with the brush and want to get away from that.
"block in shapes" "squint!" "where are the darkest darks?" - words to live by
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
love this one - the light on her shoulder/arm - yum! and the big hat - doesnt get much better than that.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
another painting from the beach - more plein air/people watching. seriously fun - I did 5 yesterday, stay tuned
Monday, June 27, 2011
Painting beach scenes from photographs is one thing but if you want a real challenge try some plein air!
1st thing is: if you are tackling people you are basically painting from memory.
No one stands still long enough. ever.
2nd: you have to draw a scene super fast - block in the shapes, lights and darks - work hard on capturing a gesture and the values of the scene. where is the light coming from? what are the spine and hips doing? what is it about that person that caught my eye? - all questions I ask myself. - instantly. seriously you have to be quick.
3rd: use a bigger brush than you think you'll need - this is one I forget and am soooo much happier with the result when I remember
try it! - it will really test your painting chops!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
ok so no people here - but the truth is clouds are fun to paint to - lots of personality
Saturday, June 25, 2011
black sides - ready to hang.
this time I painted in much the same way as I approach a portrait. - used a burnt sienna ground, then using a fairly big brush sketched out the composition, adding a little umber to the shadows/darks and wiping the ground away where I want the lightest lights to be.
happy with the feel of this one
Friday, June 24, 2011
flower friday - painting a face/figure is like second nature to me. easy peasy. but a simple flower?
- yikes - THAT is a challenge!
But I'm on it - best thing about this 'daily painting' thing is that it really does improve your skills. So I know with time painting flowers will be easy
...at least thats the plan
Thursday, June 23, 2011
People. Now thats what I'm talking about. I just can't get enough of painting people :)
AND I really really really want to be the sketch artist at the Whitey Bulger trial. I'm super good at capturing a likeness and I am fascinated by this case!
Of course they found him near a beach - everybody loves the beach - even notorious criminals.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Is there anything better than a walk on an empty beach?
As for painting the beach, I much prefer a little more action...its all about the people watching for me
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thought you might want a closer look...
hmmmm....I could toss my plein air supplies in the back, little dog could ride shot gun...
Monday, June 20, 2011
Actually saw my dream car yesterday - a torqouise blue vintage convertable VW bug with flower stickers!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
One of my favorite spots in RI - looking down on 2nd beach in Middletown and seeing all the surfers bobbing around on their boards - it wouldn't be summer without it
As much as I love the beach - a sun lover, I am not.
Its the foggy, put on a sweatshirt days that I love most.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Ah Summer... hello.
What are you doing this summer with your art?
taking a workshop? doing a few outdoor art shows? plein air painting?
ALL or NONE of the above?
Its Ok - you can kick back and take a break if you want - we won't judge.
- I've been neglecting my daily painting habit - so its time to kick that back up into high gear. along with the beachy stuff, I want to practice painting flowers - so you'll be seeing some of those soon
- Also starting an open painting group in my studio - which is something Ive always wanted to do
Thursday, June 16, 2011
So the other day - I had planned on staying home and doing laundry and cleaning the house.
BUT we lost power.
Had my paints handy and this little scene sitting on my kitchen counter.
I'ld rather paint anyhoo.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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