I'm trying to get motivated. So I set up a still life outside and had a friend (V....) over to lunch with me. We visited and ate al fresco and then I painted the remains of our feast for about an hour. The sun moves surprisingly fast even in that time.
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!
We interrupt this preview of works for 3x3 at Russell Collection to share this painting I sent to dk Gallery for their show "Pretty in Pink" which opens tomorrow night also.
This is a good example of what I talked about yesterday. The model was on break here in this pose. She looks so much more natural caught sipping her drink and looking around as opposed to thoughtfully and stiffly posed.
I painted this on Dura-Lar which is a polyester wet media film made by Grafix.
I love how the brush work lays on top of the surface and color remains quite pure. This picture is not very good though. I'll try to improve it. The back wall is more yellow and she isn't so washed out.
Please contact dk Gallery in Marietta, GA about this painting.
Sept 4 - Opening Reception: 3x3 - Russell Collection Fine Art
Sept. 4 - Opening Reception: Pretty in Pink, dk Gallery
Oct. 15 - Opening Reception: American Impressionist Society Annual Show, Trailside Gallery
Nov. 7-8 - OPA/PAA Paint out, Texas Hill Country
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
Another of those scenes I just love and revisit. This was painted on polyester film. I've been reading about it and vellum and experimenting with the supports. Mylar/Duralar (TM) is acid-free, translucent, tough, and the paint sort of rests on top and the colors stay fresh and bright. It almost has a watercolor effect. Vellum is also interesting with oils, but will buckle if water gets on it and I am not sure about framing it... might require glass. It traditionally was a skin, but now is cotton. The polyester film I believe will be fine without glass as I can't even scratch the painted surface. I used a spray adhesive to mount the film to gatorboard.
There is a little message in this painting... see the small word "be" on the block in the window sill? My dear friend Carrie made that for me years ago. I have often been known to feel overwhelmed and often heard to say that I just wished I could "BE" for a bit. To just be in the moment, not anxious or worried about other things. Just be.
Another great friend, Sharon, used to call it "as ising" - instead of doing a lot, planning, changing, rushing... just be as you are, in the present, at this moment.
I have such great friends. I'm certainly blessed in that.
Please contact Tidewater Gallery to purchase this painting.
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