This one isn't quite done, but far enough to share. The canvas was one I recently painted over with white oil primer and, unfortunately, the primer seemed to suck the oil out of my paint making it hard to move around or even stick. I will have to go over the darks and improve the color. It's all a little dull.
This is continuing with a theme I seem to be stuck on - girls/women as focal point. I have quite a collection and many more ideas. I have been sketching these out regularly too - planning the composition - making notes about color or light source and direction.
I am still not sure about this one. I was asked to paint a symphony scene for this exhibit. I decided to try a monochromatic effect. Initially, the background was sort of plain so I went back in with my palette knife to add some texture and dimension. I think it improved it....buuuut....
Pardon the glare and the bad cropping. Still using the phone camera.
Another one for the show. This image is a little washed out. I'm being lazy lately and using the phone camera. I need to replace my studio lights and haven't gotten to it.
The days have been so beautiful lately. I work at my easel in the mornings and garden all afternoon. Things are looking good outside. Can't wait for some more blooms to start and then have a model outside!
Dropped this painting off for a special show at Hill Country Church gallery with the theme "Hallelujah". I am always amazed at the beauty and power of the human body. After watching these dancers in class once, I was blown away by how physically challenging the work is.
This wasn't jumping and leaping around either but the very basic positions during which every muscle was taut and finely controlled. The girls were sweating and visibly shaking with the exertion of getting those positions perfect.
Dance. Not for sissies.
I paint best when I don't think. I just dive in and paint what I see without much thought. (Left image is after painting from life and the right image is after I took all the life out of it at home)
The problem comes when I go back in and try to refine or finish a start. Then I tighten up. I want to define every section - foreground or background (which really throws me) and I just flounder trying to make decisions about color, temperature, light and shadow.
I think I naturally make good compositions and good color choices when i just get to work with a time limit - either self imposed or during a model session or plein air painting.
I suppose this is another reason I don't feel able to teach - I can't put into words what I do or solve problems once they arise. I have a long way to go to be able to make CHOICES to make a beautiful painting. I'm enjoying this time of discovery though.
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Chasing the light. Capturing life.
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