Dropped this painting off for a special show at Hill Country Church gallery with the theme "Hallelujah". I am always amazed at the beauty and power of the human body. After watching these dancers in class once, I was blown away by how physically challenging the work is.
This wasn't jumping and leaping around either but the very basic positions during which every muscle was taut and finely controlled. The girls were sweating and visibly shaking with the exertion of getting those positions perfect.
Dance. Not for sissies.
One of my new year resolves was to work more from life. To that end, and liking things my own way, I started a figure painting session and invited other Austin artists to join in. The turn out was great! :-)
I was very pleased Saturday morning to meet new friends and work together. I loved that everyone worked seriously, but enjoyed the breaks talking and laughing.
I'm so grateful to Joel's Coffee for allowing me to hold this session in their business. I dream of a great studio space but its just not feasible. Its nice that they are willing patrons of the arts!
I've been suffering a creative blockage lately and like to think that a beautiful studio space would help, but in truth its not where we work but that we DO the work. This figure session has sparked some new ideas for me already and I feel my drive returning. I can't wait for the next one. Every two weeks on Saturday mornings.
Today I had the opportunity to demonstrate my working methods for the Austin Palette Club. Many thanks y'all!
I talked about why I do quick starts and showed them how I develop a painting from a photo. I did the 30 minute start and then we took a short break before I resumed work for another half hour or so.
The second half of work was much slower. Once I have the initial block in done, I approach it more thoughtfully as I begin to modify the shapes and edges. I still haven't finished this but it's close.
Again, the idea of the quick start is to respond passionately and intuitively to my subject. I cover the canvas and block in shapes and establish value patterns working from big to small shapes keeping color and strokes loose. Once it's all in, I step back and evaluate. I slow down and work on varying my shapes. I enjoy both parts of the process immensely.
Starting fast keeps me from getting to tight and from treating each start as precious. And some of the looseness remains at the finish.
I recorded video on my phone during the demo - now I just have to learn how to convert it or edit it on my windows stuff. Stay tuned!
This was our Wednesday night opening demo. I did a figure from a photo - from a session when we painted a model at Joel's. I thought it would be helpful, as we planned to work from a model there during the workshop. I really enjoyed teaching but it was a definite challenge. It was great working alongside V....Vaughan and learning from her. She has been teaching for a long time and communicates so well. I hope to reach that level of comfort and skill. I have a hard time getting what's in my head out!
I will be finishing up this start along with some others I have waiting. Its a good week to work on finalizing work as we will soon be going on vacation.
14x14 oil on linen/board
Come to Joel's Coffee House Wednesday evening 6-8 pm to see V....Vaughan and I each paint a demonstration.
We wanted to open with a demo the evening before our workshop officially starts so that in the morning, the attending artists can get started immediately and work in the best light.
The good ole summer time. Chores that are not so disagreeable if the timing is right. Flowers, birdsong, fresh air and sunshine!
14x11 oil on panel
There is still some room in my upcoming workshop - Line Meets Light. Next week (June 18-21) we will practice with models, inside and out, capturing gesture, working on quick drawing skills and expressive brushwork!
16x12 oil on panel
Available at dk Gallery
Never get tired of these images. This one focused on the blues to fit into the June show theme at dk Gallery.
A Painter's Journal
Chasing the light. Capturing life.
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