I'm definitely going to work this one into a much larger piece.
This sketch was painted on Arches Oil Paper. Its a great paper, specially made for oil painters. No bleed through and protected from oxidation with a unique barrier. The surface is smooth. The paper is thick and can be mounted, varnished and framed as usual or placed into a ready made frame perhaps with a mat and glass.
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Sunday afternoon I painted a demo at our Plein Air Austin quarterly meeting. I basically did one of my "30 minute starts" on a 20x24 canvas. They timed me! I hope I was able to share some good info while painting. When painting like that, my brain has to be tuned totally to the task of getting paint on and making quick decisions. I have no idea what I said!
The idea of doing a quick start is that you can respond to a scene with all the energy and excitement that drew you to it at first. Once you quickly make those big marks, you can then slow down and work more carefully developing your focal point, correcting edges, etc. Its especially important to be able to work quickly when painting outdoors. The light can change so quickly that you may be continually updating your painting if you work for an hour or more. I see people who work for 2+ hours on a small scene and they are just noodling it to death.
By focusing just on shapes of color/value and exaggerating gesture at the start, I can retain more of the loose expressive strokes at the end of painting. Its very difficult to go back into a fully developed painting and make it more expressive.
When I haven't been able to fully focus on painting - or want to relax with something different, I do these monoprints using oil paint on glass and pressing papers on the image to make a print. I love it! Its very meditative. Its graphic and expressive.
I've experimented with different papers and using different mediums. Its best not to add too much medium or make the paint too thin as it will squish out and really ruin the results. I found that a thinner and smooth paper works best.
I paint the image on glass - placing a sketch, painting or photo image under the glass to work over. You have to lay the paint on thick and focus on big blocky shapes. No details allowed!
Next I lay the paper over the painted glass and use a brayer to press the paper onto the paint and transfer the image.
Carefully peel back the paper and there is your painted image.
Some work out better than others, but its a fun process.
Today I visited my Austin art gallery, Russell Collection, to work with them on framing options. Not having ever framed works on paper, I don't know where to begin.
Russell Collection just added framing to their repertoire in the last year or so. (I have no concept of time except that it goes by too fast.) I really appreciate their help in selecting a new style for my newer paintings and planning how to mount and display three monoprints. My work needs something more modern than the usual plein air or impressionist frames I've been using. I can't wait to see these mono prints framed!
I've played with this idea for awhile but haven't shown them yet. The results are loose and interesting... more what I'd like to achieve in my actual oil paintings! I hope they are well received. Check out Russell Collection if you are interested!
Today I got to paint a demo for a lovely group of artists in Round Rock at the Baca Community Center.
I'm always a little nervous painting in front of others - and trying to string coherent thoughts together. But an added bonus today was that my parents were in attendance. I think it's the first time they've really seen me work.
This is what I did in about an hour and a half. Still needs some work and I will make some adjustments - I used the model as seen in the reference photo but altered the table and background. Made things up.
I think I inspired some of the folks watching. I frequently hear other artists saying they want to loosen up. Maybe some of my demo gave them some ideas on how.
Are you sensing that I am stuck on a theme here? I actually have another scene of this model underway on my easel now! For some reason, I just love the images and have really enjoyed painting them. Perhaps like Monet with his haystacks... I like repetition and exploring a motif to its fullest.
Upon looking at this thumbnail now, I think it needs another element like a bucket. The scene feels a little bland.
Anyway - I had a nice email from a reader who was encouraged by my newsletter and a comment I made about painting for myself - and expressing myself. I thought I'd share a little bit of an old article I saved from Soutwest Art (Sept. 2000). Kevin Macpherson wrote about Passionate Painting:
"This artwork (referring to a Walt Gonske painting) although loosely painted, is by no means sloppy. On the contrary, creating it required the artist to make careful choices. His painting is based on keen observation and individual choices; it is not a compilation of facts but rather a careful selection of certain facts to express emotions.
An artist will never be able to compete with the imitative powers of a camera - photography has given us an unreasonable standard of representation. What the camera lacks, however, is the human element, the artist's personal vision and expression of human experience, which elevates a work to art.
If art is only a laborious mechanical re-creation of reality without any emotional direction or purpose, it is only a technical exercise. If the artist has no vision, no feelings to express, no emotions to share, what good is all of his or her acquired skill? The emotions must guide the artist to create a skillful rendition of a subject that evokes the sense and moves the spirit. Art is more about how the artist felt about the subject than about the subject itself."
Now, I think we all struggle with the painting loosely part. Its so much harder than one would think. I think as I evolve I have learned a couple of things... paint big masses with mixes of brushwork and color while holding the right values. Don't go back and correct or tighten up edges. Don't define separate THINGS - its all just shapes of color/value. Don't overmix on your palette. Let the brush work for you - scrub, twist, use the broad side for wide strokes, turn it around and scrape a twig or hair in with the end, etc.
If you want to see some wonderfully expressive beach scenes - look over at Roos Schuring's blog. She is inspiring! And a few other artists I really look to for inspiration are Bye Bitney, Carolyn Anderson and Tom Balderas. Enjoy hunting them down now!
I liked the larger scene of this, so I painted a smaller similar scene. I'm enjoying repeats lately. I think I liked working on the rug best. Its the nicest rug in our house! It was a "new home" gift of sorts from my parents shortly after Ben and I married and bought our house.
Today is our 14th anniversary! We were married on a spring day not unlike the one we have today... stormy night before, beautiful blue skies, a stiff breeze, warm sun and birdsong in the air. Can't say that its been beautiful skies throughout these 14 years, but thankfully, we have one another to hold onto during the stormy bits.
This is available at Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Please contact them for information on purchasing.
I really played with this one. Its a little dramatic and intensely colored. Its fun. My model was a woman making pizzas at the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co. in Dripping Springs. They make some amazing oils and vinegars.
I love the area we live in. Austin is getting quite big, but drive out an hour and you can get to some wonderful special spots for local , handcrafted yummies. Wineries, lavender farms, olive oil, goat milk and cheese, etc.
We also have a thriving urban farm community in Austin. I love to go to Boggy Creek Farms in East Austin for fresh veggies and eggs, if I am early enough. I've painted there a few times too. Might be time to head out there again this weekend. I try to grow my own but my yard has a lot of shade and I never have good luck. This year my tomatoes are in pots (I cut the bottoms off) in a new bed which hopefully will get more sun.
This painting is now available at Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro, NC.
Well hello there. I didn't mean to take such a break from my new blog. Life can sure throw us some curves can't it? This past week or so has been another ailing dog. Her illness threw me for a loop. It was sudden and not easy to fix but we have her on the mend now!
At the risk of sounding like I am bragging, I have to say that I adore this painting. I really like the palette and the brushwork but I also think I really did capture that sort of pause one has now and then. She's ready to cut her wildflowers, but her attention is out the window perhaps admiring the spring morning or thinking about last night. I liked this so well, I did another version larger.
I sent this one to Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Please contact them for information on purchasing.
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