When in a funk, the best thing to do is go back to the basics. I haven't been very inspired lately and not able to dive into a full painting. And when faced with one of my own figure sessions, held in my own backyard, I had to slow down and work methodically, as if a beginner.
I first sketched the scene planning my composition and dark/light patterns. Once comfortable with that I began a light line drawing with the brush. Then I started to fill in. I worked thinly, kept palette rather neutral and didn't define small areas. It felt good and worked well enough that I didn't finish the day feeling like a hack!
More on my funk later. Oh joy!
Sunday morning I met a group of artists at a joint Plein Air Austin and Oil Painters of America paint out on a private ranch south of town.
We arranged for a couple of models on Sunday and I had a wonderful time painting them. It's just what I've been wanting to do more of - and finally the weather cooperated!
Last year, I had a woman interested in a painting of her dog that would match a very colorful poster print of a Chihuahua that she had. I did a few color studies and never heard back from her. So the larger piece wasn't done... but I have these studies to share here now.
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As I logged into my Weebly editor they had a quote from Vincent van Gogh - “I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.”—Vincent van Gogh, The Hague, September 9, 1882, to Theo van Gogh
Early this year, I planned to take the year to put in some hard work to grow, and experiment, and play. I think its the first time in my admittedly shoddy memory that I recall focusing so much on certain aspects of my work. Specifically I worked on brushwork (more open) and lightening up my palette (harder than you'd think.)
Along came the opportunity to have a show with two other wonderful artists at Russell Collection Fine Art - and I really had to kick things in to gear. I believe I have made some good strides.
And while I think I have improved my paintings, what might have improved more is my mental outlook. I have a better sense of what I want to create. I have more confidence. I know that creating beautiful things is a lifelong pursuit and I am allowed to change over the course of my lifetime.
So, I took new work in to Russell Collection that I am proud of - and excited to share. Knowing the work is different from what people may expect from me, but hoping they like what they see. We can't stay forever the same. That reminder comes home every day at 3:30 pm from 7th grade! WOW
Back in my hot studio and have a group of new works ready to ship to Tidewater Gallery in NC. The above is a recent favorite. We had this young lady pose for one of our Saturday sessions. She was in full make up for her upcoming rehearsal and we had a couple of costume options. At first she wanted to pose in very beautiful ballerina positions which were impossible to hold, of course. But we finally got her to relax and got some beautiful sketches done. This I painted from my started sketch and photos.
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A wonderful friend "J" came and sat for me today - and I had several other artist friends join in to paint her in my backyard. What fun!
I can't believe it's May already. Though I do feel like the stress of the busy school year is dissipating. Anna had her staar exams (state assessments) and after that I imagine there isn't a lot of hard work. Commitments are fewer and I feel more relaxed.
Can you hear the big sigh coming from central Texas?
This is Stella. I did her portrait for the auction winner for a local fundraiser for "No Dog Gets Left Behind"
What a great organization - working to bring home the dogs adopted by our soldiers serving overseas.
Stella gave me a kiss when I delivered this so I think that is all the approval I need.
Laid back might be the title for a whole series of paintings I'm working on and now going to start to share here. I've had some feedback on several paintings in this style and been told they are too traditional for the markets I am in. That kinda smarts... but I am not giving up. And I like the work and believe in it enough to share it regardless of feedback. LOL
I rather like the juxtaposition of the modern girls slouched into traditional furniture. Of course I do, I painted it! But, collectors want brighter, bigger and less representational work I'm hearing.
I have more ideas and plan to continue the series - I gotta paint what the muse tells me. I plan to continue to try to modernize a bit as well as seek an area where more traditional figurative works are collected.
I like the feedback I've gotten however and its sparked another fire to continue on and keep trying. More to come!
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.
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