Last week I did two demo paintings for different art groups here in Austin. The one from life was supposed to be outside in Zilker Botanical Gardens, but the weather didn't cooperate. The model was kind enough to sit in the chilly window ledge so we had the illusion of outdoors and the soft lighting of an overcast sky. When I work with a model, I prefer they sit naturally. I've done enough life drawing and painting from models who look sleepy and unnatural. I encourage the models to talk or read a book. I'm ok with a little movement. I have an impressionist approach so it works for me.
The beach scene I did to demonstrate my quick start technique and impressionist style to a group of artists working in many different mediums. I am quite pleased with where the figures are now. They really don't need much more. But I do plan to reduce the sort of neopolitan ice cream look of the overall canvas. ;-)
I got to revisit this painting this summer. I wanted to keep the original version so offered to repaint it for an interested buyer. This new version was equally special to me, so I gave the collector a choice between the two and she liked the original. It was a little more dynamic in the angle of the figure and had fewer facial features. This one turned out to be more of a portrait of my daughter at this age. So its a nice one for us to keep. Right now my kiddo is in the stage of life where she doesn't like to see images of herself so I'll save it for her later in life. Scooby thinks its awesome though. Teenagers! ;-)
Can't wait for summer to draw to a close - and the heat to abate - so I can get outside and paint more scenes like this. I so enjoy painting from life - love the loose edges and open brushwork I get when working from something in front of me. I have to learn to stop then and not go back and tighten up!
"Dog Days" is available at Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin.
May 1 opens the spring showcase at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne. I wish I could be in attendance, but will be here in Austin enjoying our beautiful spring weather. We already had summer-like temps, so I am happy to be back in the 70s for a bit longer. I sent some good summery paintings and hope people will enjoy them.
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 started this painting awhile ago as a demo for Plein Air Austin. It was my first demo in awhile and rather intimidating knowing how talented a group of artists were watching! I have since done more demos and have become more comfortable with them. Sometimes I might even make sense!
Thursday night I will demonstrate with a model at Castle Gallery. Come and see me - and artist Diane Lyon - as we share our processes from 5-10 pm.
I had so much fun with this painting. The color is so rich and vibrant. Its framed in a simple white floater frame, perfect for a bright beach house! It's on its way to Tidewater Gallery now.
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