I have had the most amazing opportunity! I just filmed a painting instruction video with Liliedahl Art Videos. It was such a professional studio space! I think they had 4 cameras on me - including one over my palette so you can see me mixing probably in split screen. It was quite an experience.
On day one, Monday this week, I arrived to meet Trevor and Scot, who were the principal camera operators/filmmakers. They certainly were helpful in coaching me - especially in talking to the camera. I hate talking about myself, so I really have no idea what I said in the introduction! lol
Once painting, I think things hopefully made more sense. First, we filmed a little short demo where I shared the water soluble graphite I use for gestural sketching (Artgraf). If I hadn't mentioned if here before, its really a fun technique. It helps me when planning my paintings by making me think in big shapes. I have my students spend their first day sketching with this in class.
My wonderful friend (and artist) Bruce Bingham was able to stop in and offer me moral support as well as some coaching on dialog. She has lots of experience with public speaking - and mentoring artists!
Also on the first day, we filmed my materials set up, design and color plans - and then the quick start. The video will be released sometime in June. I will keep you posted!
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. ;-)
Unsure if I should share this yet, as the new owners might not have seen or approved it! This was commissioned through Castle Gallery for some collectors who liked a very similar piece but needed a larger painting for their space. So... I enlarged it for them. I can't paint exactly the same scene, even if I tried, so there are differences like the position of the figures, color choices, etc.
The new painting (left) is 24x24 and hopefully sold. The first painting (right) is 16x16 and still available at Castle Gallery!
Remember, if you saw a painting you loved and missed out on, or need a different size, I can always paint something similar, or even create a one-off giclee print in some cases.
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! ;-)
I hesitate to show this one. The one on the left is my work on day 1. The light was gone and we had a TONAL scene to paint. I hate tonal. But I have to say, I understand it a lot better now. Quang's gorgeous painting - done earlier in the day - was tonal really. There are some spots of light but for the most part, the model and setting are in shade. This is what tonal can be. Still full of color.
I think I always assumed "tonal" meant grey or brown, without color. But Van Gogh was a tonal painter. He ultimately didn't care about depth or modeling. He placed tones against one another - in beautiful color. Another tonalist (and another of my favs) - Degas.
So this is a scene I will try again with color. Maybe then I can do more than paint just light and shadow.
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