I continue to host the biweekly figure sessions on Saturday mornings at Joel's coffee shop. This has been a great endeavor. I can see a vast improvement in my color and brushwork since starting to regularly paint from life in March (see below).
I frequently just paint the figure and ignore background and am having trouble in other paintings reconciling backgrounds now too. Its always something, right? So I need to work on that. This session, I posed our model in front of one of V....Vaughan's paintings at Joels to give the illusion of a landscape behind her. Its my "Mona Lisa."
Sometimes the set up in the coffee shop isn't ideal. I have a light on a stand and try to mix it up with side, top or back lighting even. The light on my palette and canvas isn't great. But its still awesome to paint from life, to interact with other artists and the model. And enlighten patrons who come in for their coffee. I'd love to have a beautiful studio with space for all and a perfect set up for a model, but that isn't my life right now. And we can't let studio space or want of ideal situations limit our creativity!
Today I've changed my newsletter email list host to MailChimp. I was using Constant Contact but its a little pricey and I don't want to spend the money every month - esp. considering I am not sending a regular newsletter. MailChimp seems to be a better deal - i.e. free - allowing multiple emails to be sent monthly (up to 21,00!) and not charging for more subscribers, or an archive ,or images. Since my needs are really rather minimal, MailChimp just seems a better choice. I will shortly send my first "campaign" through them to my subscribers to test things out.
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Chasing the light. Capturing life.
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