Painting on the street/sidewalk isn't easy. We got out early enough and had some nice light and a good view of the church spires but it turned out to be a busy area, with a truck that pulled up and took an hour to unload and quite a few folks arriving to work at the history center we were next to. The painting process is a fun challenge - the act of doing the painting is exhilarating. The end result is still not what I'd envisioned. But I learn and get better every time I do it.
Our second location was a pedestrian sidewalk with some great light just coming over and hitting the buildings on the right. For a short while. So, both results were not what I hoped and after carrying the wet paintings around for the day, I also had these two mush together and had to repair them as best as I could.
During the afternoon we sketched musicians playing in Jackson Square and painted another scene with the sun setting - wish I had caught that light better! We had a fabulous dinner at the Original French Market Restaurant & Bar and then wandered down to Frenchman St. to study the nightlife. We ducked into BB Kings House of Blues to hear just the end of a cool sounding Jazz singer. It was a full day!!
My video is about to release later this month - and I've had a chance to review it! I have to say, I am really pleased! I think I've shared good information and demonstrated how I put paint on in an expressive way. Hopefully, in the almost 3 hours of painting demonstration, you will be inspired to try some of the techniques I share. You can sign up to be notified when its released and they will send you a discount.
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.
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