Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Marie's painting - 8 x 10
We had a lovely painting day at a still life oil painting workshop by artist Eric Jacobsen. He did a demonstration painting, then we painted from several still life set ups around the room. It's amazing how difficult it is to organize your composition within the confines of the canvas space.
I learned about light and shadow and how to break up edges. We worked from a simple palette consisting of a warm and cool yellow, red and blue, plus orange. Eric explained that everyone sees color differently, so when creating a painting it's less important to get the color exactly right, and more important to get the warm/cool and values correct. As it turned out, my painting shows a somewhat orange table covering, when it really was more of a rose red color. But I had to warm it up with some orange, in order to follow the rule of warm light, cool shadows. Turns out, it worked after all.
Allan's painting is one of my favorites. Eric said it had a 'Van Gogh' quality, which is quite a compliment. The pink petals against the yellow background are what make it special. I think it's a keeper!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
In early December I heard Susan Boyle sing Daydream Believer and knew immediately that I had to have the song. I downloaded the whole album from iTunes and started listening to it over and over, unable to get enough of her beautiful voice.
About the same time I combed through my repertoire of figure photography for a new subject. Having just finished Blue Angel, I didn't want anything too dark. The song seemed to be my mantra as I looked for something dreamy and daylightish.
The result is this small painting, which I named after the song, because I played it constantly the whole time I was painting. You can draw your own conclusions, but to me, the sunshine is falling gently upon the strong and sturdy shoulders of this young woman, who deserves to have all her daydreams come true!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Side Rock - watercolor - 6 x 9
Side Rock - watercolor sketch - 3.5 x 5.5
Side Rock - pencil sketch - 3.5 x 5.5