Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Art Mob met at Suburban Lawn and Garden this morning for painting, sketching, and fellowship. This place is full of all things garden - blooms, pots, statuary and more! I stopped at the first table that caught my eye - and started drawing in pen and ink. I loved the market style table loaded with plants and pots! Once sketched, I pulled out my watercolor pans with a water brushpen and filled in. How fun to paint in such an environment! To top off this lovely morning, the staff provided a pizza lunch complete with cookies! Painting number 1506 in 1506 days :)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tonight's Wine and Paint party goes to support Michael's robotics team, as well as local projects Xi Gamma Phi donates to. Our subject - a wine still life! We set up glasses and bottles in front of the guests, and each could paint either what was before them, or from several paintings on easels. Composition and paint mixing were on the line up - and each walked away with their own unique painting! So fun! My still life demo is my 1505th painting in 1505 days.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As I pushed the wheelbarrow back to the mulch pile last night, this is what greeted me as I turned around! I don't think I've ever seen the sunset from this edge of the pasture, and I've certainly never painted from over here! When I was a kid, this was the barn lot, with barbed wire fencing right here. I took some great photos and worked until dark. At today's Tri County paint in, this is what I painted from. Now that I know how gorgeous this is, I will be racing out here with the next fabulous sunset! Painting number 1504 in 1504 days :)
Monday, February 20, 2017
For this afternoon's painting class, I set up this still life with wine bottles and glasses of three different heights. Arranging them before me, I started blocking in all edges of the glass, overlapping them where applicable. Next, with a large brush, I paint the masses I see, looking for central colors within the shapes. Once the panel is covered, I start the palette knife work, breaking edges and dropping in thick paint. As I approach completion, I start to check that my colors are harmonizing, and bouncing off the varied surfaces. With so much glassware, all colors should reflect off their surfaces. I wanted quiet color today, so I chose a chardonnay for the lead wine. If I didn't have such a full day, it would have been lovely to have a little wine for lunch! Painting number 1503 in 1503 days.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
My intention was to head to the east pond this afternoon. But after scouting a bit, this old hay wagon grabbed my attention. In fact, I could see paintings from three different sides. I decided on the view which landed me in full sun, which normally is not too bad in February. By the time I finished - I was SO hot!! How many times have I been able to say that in February? Never! I used to play on this wagon as a child. My brother, cousins, and I would use it for a house, or a stage, playing for hours. Now, I'm in the tall grass of the pasture, painting this childhood friend. Painting number 1502 in 1502 days.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Oh my, what a gorgeous day! How can I resist painting en plein air on such a glorious afternoon? After my morning classes at the gym, I always take a run to "cool down" and quiet my mind. It has been so nice this week, that I've been running the track outside. Today, I took a little detour on the paved walking trail across the street. Wow! What a fabulous, winding creek awaited me just off the beaten path! And to think, I've been across the street almost every day for 3 years, and never knew this beauty existed right here in the middle of town! I've lived in the country so long that I've forgotten the noises of town life. My music today was the laughter of children as they played at the park, cars, motorcycles, and the sounds of the fire station across the street. I will definitely be returning to this place for more paintings. I've only scratched the surface with this one, my 1500th painting in 1500 days!! WOWZA!!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Best. Office. Ever. On this outstanding day in the 70's, I HAD to find a special placeto paint! After taking care of some Summit Art jury business, I headed straight to this creek, to check out the February color. The creek was down a little, so it was flush with a slab of rock that jutted out quite a ways, allowing me to stand in a place I've not been able to before. The rock was wet, and a little messy, but SO worth the view! With almost no foot traffic along the path, I had no interruptions at all. I started with a quick paint sketch of the composition, and continued with the masses, choosing to paint the darks of the water first. Then the sky, it's reflection, next the background tree line, and finally the rocks. It was rather a haphazard massing in, without thought, letting my intuition lead the way. The day was so pleasant, with only gentle winds down at water's edge, and the babbling of the water to serenade me. I really considered staying for another painting, but Tiffany was headed to my house with the boys, so home I went! This was truly a day well spent! Painting number 1499 in 1499 days!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I am drawn to dramatic architecture like a mouth to a flame. The more complex, the more mesmerizing! When I start to draw something of this scale, I begin with a rather central area of focus, and start spreading out from there. On this cathedral, my first lines were of the large second floor arching window. Once roughly in, I moved to each side, up and down. I am always checking those angles, the whole drawing is angles and how they relate to each other, just like a figure drawing. This constant checking keeps everything in scale, and the perspective true. This drawing is 1498 in 1498 days.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
It is always fun to paint something special on Valentine's Day! Keeping with today's theme, I am painting the still life before me - which just happens to be in my favorite color, and with my favorite candy, too! I start off the block in with a brush, and switched things up between two different palette knives, one metal and the other plastic. I would have preferred my Princeton Catalyst, but both are in two different easels in the trunk of my car, and I simply didn't want to take the time to go out and get them. Looks like I need to buy another one! You know how I like to get all my easels supplied and ready to go at the drop off a hat! This painting is the 1497th in 1497 days! Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!
Monday, February 13, 2017
There are interesting compositions everywhere I turn. This clump of trees grabbed my attention today, and I responded with a palette knife painting. For this one, I blocked in my masses with a brush, and then went over those masses with a palette knife. This is an easier way to get through this kind of painting for me. When using a palette knife at the beginning, it is sometimes a struggle to get that color down. Whereas, the brush is so natural, the block in unfolds quickly. This is a matter of getting confidant with the tools - which takes time and strokes. Perhaps one day, paintings will fall off the knife like they sometimes fall off the brush! Painting number 1496 in 1496 days.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
After getting a start on my spring cleaning, I headed to the pond for my reward! The wind is cold today, so I got climbed down the bank, to seek shelter from the wind. The water was relatively calm on the southeasr side, so I faced that direction and started painting. I love these subtle color shifts odd the winter landscape. Snow would be lovely to paint, but who can complain on a warm winter day? I needed a Gamblin gray on my palette today, I'll have to remember to load it before I go out next time! Painting number 1495 in 1495 :)
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Oh my goodness - what a gorgeous castle this is in Northern Ireland! I am drawing her today with a fine dark sepia Pitt pen. With such complicated architecture, I begin with light, sketchy lines until I'm sure my proportions are correct. Sketching is like handwriting, no two artists are the same. I let the marks emerge as I concentrate on the scene, loose and energetic in their motion. I'm not concerned with perfect cross hatching and line structure, though I do like the line to follow the form (just like brush strokes). I've decided to fill the pages of this journal with places from around the world, rendered in ink alone. This sketchbook is pretty, which is why I bought it, but the paper is rather thin. I have to be careful not to get my ink too dark, and watercolor is out of the question. I check my stats each day on my blog, and choose a unique location that someone has visited me from on that day. Today, I had one visitor from Ireland - and voila, a little research led me to this composition. It is just like I've had a little vacation in my warm chair, with a hot cup of lemon ginger tea, and my sketchbook. Drawing number 1492 in 1492 days. Now, I'm going to do a little reading on Belfast :)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Switching gears today, I am working with the watercolor batik method. Though I prefer the super thin rice paper, I am learning to really enjoy the heavier masa rice paper. It has a slick side and a papery side, and I always use the papery side. It accepts the ink and watercolor much better than the slick side. Experimenting today, I wrinkled my paper before painting as is often done with masa, but not normally with the batik until after waxing. I liked it. The creases that "broke" the sizing took on more paint than the rest, bumping up that batik effect when I later added the sienna paint to the creases and edges. I've been sketching quite a bit of architecture lately, so I've chosen one of my favorite places - the Country Club Plaza for my composition. This place is beautiful all times of the year, but especially when the streets are wet! The coolest part of this technique is that no two paintings will ever be alike. The way the watercolor reacts to the rice paper and hot wax is unpredictable, taking on a mind of it's own. And what is more fun than a painting doing it's own thing? This painting makes 1491 in 1491 days :)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It was unseasonably warm when I headed to the park. I hiked down to the creek on the west side of the lake, as the wind was kicking up from the north. Finding my spot, the cool wind was right in my face. I climbed down on the boulders to the edge of the water, using the creek bank as a wind break. I didn't see any snakes, but kept an eye out between those crevices for whatever may climb out! I actually sat on one of those boulders with this 8x10 Guerilla Pochade in my lap, to paint this. I didn't have my palette, so I squeezed out fresh paint from the limited tubes I had loaded in this box. Well, I couldn't get the alizarin crimson open, and it was my only cool color. I had Terre Greeze yellow earth, instead of yellow ochre - and it does not make a good green when added to black! With no blue on board, this was bad indeed! This yellow did not mix well with white either! It is a very coarse paint, and I have enjoyed it on a normal palette, but I will never use it on a Zorn palette again! I will not be so haphazard the next time I load a new pochade box! Lesson learned! This painting is the 1490th painting in 1490 days.
Monday, February 6, 2017
When considering what I should paint today, I look to the color in the landscape for direction. This drizzly, overcast day was the perfect backdrop for the weathered reds of this historic barn. Once a cluster of grand houses and outbuildings, this lonely barn is now surrounded by "progress". It is now used for hay storage, and is guarded by a beautiful calico cat - who has been here for years. The old Ford truck is parked under the open side, as if it just pulled in from chores. I wish I could have painted the buildings now fading from memory. They added beauty to the landscape that the box stores never could. Painting number 1489 in 1489 days.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
I have been studying master works, and this ink rendering is from Michaelangelo's David. This statue has a striking resemblance to my youngest son - right down to the curly locks! My youngest daughter even asked me if it was Michael! I'm using a medium black Pitt pen in my natural tan earthbound sketch journal for this one. I think the dark paper is well suited for this work, and I plan to continue in the same thread for this one. This drawing is the 1488th in 1488 days.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Another morning of drawing before I head to the gym, and another morning I get there late! I just can't resist a beautiful scene, and the sun is not rising early enough for me to be on time! On the flip side, I LOVE painting early!! It revs me up and invigorates me before I ever reach the gym, keeping my head in the game once I get there! There has lately been heavy equipment and activity around this barn, and with it's deteriorating condition, I'm afraid they are going to bring it down. These little treasures are slices of Americana, and each one that slips from existence is forever gone. With this in mind, I am getting this one down in ink and watercolor while I can. Painting number 1486 in 1486 days :)
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The first light was spreading from the east - and in anticipation, I rushed to get to my easel. Mornings are all about timing, making sure kids are up for school, lunch made, dogs and cats fed and watered - and getting myself ready for the gym. Then, a dazzling show begins in the sky - and I must work faster! This morning, I actually painted in my jammies on my front porch! Thanks goodness we live in the country where there are no neighbors close enough to see my shenanigans! This painting was done entirely with one flat Bristlon brush, and is my 1484th painting in 1484 days :)