Saturday, October 18, 2014
I have yet to find a palette of colors that really turn me on but I will keep trying. The Zorn palette comes the closest but it lacks some of the color range that I like.
Do you have a favorite palette that you would like to share? I would love to hear from you. I have miles to go before I feel that I am actually getting somewhere but the journey begin one step at a time.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Yesterday, I painted an 8"x 10" image of some cooks in a restaurant. I allowed myself to use as many strokes of color as I wanted. I lost count but I am sure that it exceeded 300. This was painting one in a series of paintings. The second painting that I completed today was painted with half the number of strokes and I think that was around 150. The final painting which I will tackle tomorrow will be the same scene painted with half again making the total strokes under 75. This is a very interesting and somewhat challenging exercise. I can see in todays painting that I deliberated more with each stroke capturing shapes of color and value. The shapes are larger and more purposeful. There is however something in the first painting that I like and that is atmosphere. If I can somehow merge these two aspects into one painting then I think that I will have crossed a milestone. I also want to work on the color and try to work in a darker range of values. On a scale of 10 to 1 with 10 being the darkest; I want to work in the 4 to 10 range. I think that will help create some of the atmosphere that I am looking for. I will continue to use a limited palette of only 3 colors and white. Softer edges will help to create the atmosphere that I am seeking.
Also, in regards to yesterdays posting. It is naïve to think that a person can't paint to sell, that is the way to be able to keep the paintings moving forward. You need money to buy art supplies. The challenge therefore is to paint what you love. And, Love what you paint!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|Among The Rushes|
I am posting this painting again because I am at a turning point in my work. Have you ever faced the day and wondered what on earth you wanted to paint that day? For me it happens most every day! "Can I be my most authentic self today or am I going to worry about painting what I believe will sell?" What a dilemma. When I paint abstractly I just concern myself with reaching deep enough within myself and to draw upon my intuition and my inner voice.
As you know, I recently took an e-course from Brooke Wandall. I am including one of her paintings here for your viewing. I loved the course that I took from her and feel that it has been a major turning point in my work. What she did was give me the courage to jump the fence and work more abstractly. I have been wanting to do that for years and never did find the courage until I met Brooke. What did she do?
She gave me tools that enable me to relax and realize that this is just so simple, be courageous and try to confront your fears and then believe in yourself! Once you begin never stop just keep pressing forward.
How this will all play out in my work I really don't know. I just do know that I feel differently. I enjoy the brush in my hand a little bit more and let the paint flow without trying to control it so much. This shows in my more representational work as well. It will be interesting to see where this will lead.
I have found that painting what excites you is the most important thing. It is the energy that you bring to the painting that shows in the work!