Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
indigestion. Another of the tips that Putnam suggested is to put distance between you and the canvas so that you can't tighten up. She suggests putting a garbage can in front of the easel....while I didn't do that I kept a respectable distance from the piece. I like the outcome of this painting and the colors that have emerged.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Having said that I am really pleased with this tiny 6"x 8" painting done in oil on Gessobord. I worked from a photograph that my husband took of a salt marsh in Beaufort County. I have learned so much from the Putnam DVD and like to listen to her speak when I am painting. I find that I am always picking up another little tidbit of information. One of the critical things that I learned was how important it is to have a variety of brushstrokes and in different directions. It helps to make the painting more complex and interesting. I also worked the color pushing the darks and finding a wide range of greens. If you are familiar with Putnam's work you will find these elements in her work. Painting is a combination of lots of thought and fun surprises.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Who do I look at when I am painting a still life. Primarily Vuillard, Bonnard, Braque, Susan Valadon and Matisse are the painters whose still life work entices me. The painting below is an example of a Matisse that I love. The simplicity, color and composition are so interesting to me
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
While painting this painting and analyzing my approach I was thinking about what I wanted to achieve in the outcome. So many of the paintings that I truly admire have a brevity in composition with meaningful brushwork. The paintings are not overworked and each mark seems to be done with forethought. To achieve this it means slowing down and not laying paint until understanding how each stroke relates to the next. Sooooo....I took a deep breath and laid down a color to tone my canvas that seemed to be my first impression when looking at the subject. Next I did a marker drawing on paper of the scene and established in my mind the darks, middle, and light value shapes. Once I understood was before me I was ready to begin. I then laid down a rough drawing with ultramarine blue and raw umber mixed to a nice gray black. Now, my greatest weakness is being able to incorporate shades into my work. It is true that I like to paint with lots of light, bright color. I did lay in a rough concept of the dark and light pattern. NowI proceeded with deliberation and spontaneity. Herein lies the challenge. I chose my colors carefully testing them before I laid them down. I do work on a gray palette with helps me to determine the tints from the shades. I wasn't afraid to work into the painting wiping as I went, softening here and there along the way. I also used a palette knife and scratched a bit as I was drawing. I left the toned canvas where it applied and used a thicker paint for emphasis. I am happy with the outcome and feel that all of the looking, analyzing and reading is beginning to show in my work.
This is a long post but I wanted to share my thought process with you.