Thursday, August 31, 2006
Vincent Van Gogh did an iris painting that has a single white iris amongst other colored irises. I was probably subliminally inspired by the memory of it as I was painting.
This painting belongs to Allan. He likes it and I put it into a wooden frame. It hangs in our home.
Thanks for sharing. I'll be back to blogging after the Labor Day weekend. Take care!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This painting is on a gallery-wrap canvas which means I need to paint the edges. The only trouble is the bottom edge sits on the easel so in order to paint it I have to flip it upside down. I used to ignore the edges until I was done. But I discovered that isn't such a good idea because I can't remember my paint mixtures nor can I replicate the layers. So now I paint them as I work.
Photographing this painting wasn't easy either. It's big - 36" x 48", and wet. Shooting with a flash caused reflections on the wet paint. It's too big to drag outside. I ended up turning the easel to face the late afternoon sun from the window, then shot without a flash. The left side seems lighter due to the window light. Then I pushed my easel back into place and managed to get a big smear of green paint on my nice sweats. Geez!
While this one is drying I started my painting-a-day project. I finished one tonight, but I can't post it yet. It's wet. I can't photograph it with a flash or use a spotlight because it will reflect off the wet paint. Shooting without a flash distorts the colors. So I'll have to wait until it dries to plop it on the scanner. That means I won't be able to post any of them the day I paint them. That was what excited me about this whole thing--being able to share them in cyberspace the day I painted them. But until I can figure out how to digitize a wet painting, I'll have to wait till they dry. I wonder how other painting-a-day artists do this??
Thanks for reading my blog and sharing my painting today.
Oh, one more thing. You might want to read this article in USA Today that features some of the ways artists are marketing themselves by creating painting-a-day and how it is changing the art marketplace. I stumbled across it and was totally amazed. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The result is I'm getting ready to try it out myself. As you can see, Allan is holding one 5" x 7" panel next to my big White Iris painting that I've been working on for a while. You would think a painting surface this small wouldn't scare me, considering I'm working quite large - 36" x 48" on this painting. But the idea of completing one small painting in a single session is a new concept for me.
The artists that are doing this are amazingly good, and after reading through some of their early posts I can see how their paintings and techniques developed. So if it will help me grow as an artist, I'm all for it. The other part of the puzzle is what to paint. I've always been a detail painter with a fascination for illustrations, which occasionaly translates into botanical subject matter. So the idea of creating small botanical painting studies of plants and flowers that grow around seems like a natural extension of my interests.
But in order to get ready, that is to put these paintings on a blog and all that, I've had to enter the cyberblog world and learn all about blogs, groups, and lists. Then I had to update my website and figure out how to switch my blog to the beta.blogger so I could have neat looking text areas for links and stuff like the other artists have. This definitely cuts into painting time, and as I still have to reserve time to sleep and feed the cats, my painting has been on hold a few days. Then there's the task of preparing these little painting boards and figuring out how, once I get a painting on my blog, to get visitors to know its there. So I made a mental commitment to not get stressed out about it, but to work on my blog a little every day, and add one or two people onto my list. It can't help but grow.
With that in mind I worked on the background of White Iris tonight and it's definitely improving. I wish I could figure out how to post another picture on here but it doesn't seem to work. Maybe something to do with this dinosaur of a computer I'm using? That's a whole other story!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Reassurance painting - this one didn't make it - aaarrrggghhh!
Originally uploaded by Wise Girl.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I just launched my new website. I hope you enjoy it. It's designed to match this blog. Your comments are appreciated.
Feel free to browse the gallery. I'll add new paintings as often as I can.
I'm intrigued by a painter I discovered - Duane Keiser. He creates a postcard-sized painting-a-day, then posts them for sale on ebay. I'd like to try the same myself. Just need to get some painting boards prepared. This is one of my goals for the week, along with making progress on a few other paintings.
Thanks for visiting my blog!