I recently shared how using a kitchen timer changed the way I work on OutdoorPainter.com. My quick start method helped me to more quickly be in the zone and capture my first impression before it got away.
A few fun things happen when working in this way too. Because I'm in a bit of a rush, I don't overmix the paint on the palette and end up with variety in color and brushstrokes on the painting. The mix of washes, drips and scumbled texture helps keep me from getting too tight later on. Its a great exercise and I encourage you to play with the idea - read my "how to" on Outdoorpainter.com.
One of my students turned me onto these British shows which are only shown on YouTube in the US as far as I know (thank you Art Lover). Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year. So far I've been caught up in the landscape seasons. First, the scenery is beautiful and we learn some history about the location - often castles and the same views Constable or painted. The art tends to be representational but in different mediums - sometimes even fabric or linocut - but mostly painting. Its cool to see how so many artists interpret the same scene. And its very nice to see representational art being celebrated and promoted since its rather passe here it seems. I'm playing them in the background while I'm working. Hope you enjoy them too!
One of the drawbacks (for my family) of my being an artist is that I am often rearranging and repainting the house. My problem is, I actually don't know how to pull it all together. I have a lot of art but almost none of it on the walls! We also have antiques, rugs, and lots of books and other knicks knacks from travel. Last year, I painted the back of the house in a very on-trend grey which, after living with for a year, I hated because it was cold and blue. So after a search for the perfect white, I ended up mixing my own from two Benjamin Moore colors. Now our walls have a warm light pink blush!
I stumbled upon a decorating site that inspired me because her house looked like mine - suburban, builder grade, etc. Not some awesome architectural miracle. I pulled the furniture into a better grouping even though it interferes somewhat with my husband's ideal tv views from the side chair. But now we can also sit and enjoy our lovely backyard view.
I placed this little antique washstand with a grouping of art books and a watercolor of New Orleans by Austin artist Donna Crosby. The fireplace mantle got some D&D and physics books (my daughter and husband's fun reading), a little pot from Mexico, a Matisse print and a watercolor by my mom, Opal Cheers. :)
I'll share more of my art collection as I finish repainting the walls, organize, and finally hang more paintings.
I've struggled for awhile now trying to take good shots of my paintings. I drag an easel outside, try to get the angle to the sun right with no shadows or glare, catch the painting when it blows over, deal with mosquitoes and then fuss over photo editing for hours to get the color balance somewhat correct. I have an old dslr, OLD - like 5 megapixels - and rather than invest in a new camera which I wouldn't use often, I decided to hire a pro!
The difference is clear when you compare the two images side by side. I see now that my photos tended to be more warm and much less crisp. My yellows were too yellow and my blues tended to purple. Now the subtleties of color and strokes are visible. Glare is removed in the dark transparent areas. I painted this scene maybe two years ago and haven't shared it because I could not get an accurate photograph. I like the painting and now I hope I can send it out in the world with good web images that will accurately represent the work.
Sometimes pro is the way to go!
From the Liliedahl teaser:)
Gee, can you tell I'm nervous? lol
We filmed this first, so I was not yet used to looking at the camera and talking while working. Not that it got very easy, but it got easier. Anyway - this is a fun tool I use. I think I've shared this before. I use the Artgraf graphite to sketch and plan value studies for paintings. Give us a thumbs up if you like it.
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!
This Saturday - November 3 - I am going to open my home studio to local visitors. Stop by and preview my newest works in my city and chef series before I send them off to my galleries across the country.
* See works in progress and learn more about how I work
* Sign up for classes
* Shop sketches, monotype prints, small gems, and studies for larger works to help me clear the clutter for new work and....
* Have a glass of wine and nosh! :-)
Message me for details RSVP
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