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. ;-)
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!
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