Monday, July 30, 2018

Today, I got back into my studio after a glorious family vacation with ALL 21 of my kids and grandkids! Before the family vay cay started I took a day and drove to Peggi Kroll Roberts' lovely, airy studio in the Gold Country of California. She kindly gave me an afternoon, where she encouraged me to use more paint. She also shared an inspiring u-tube of Jennifer Pochinsky painting a self-portrait. I couldn't wait to get home to my own studio to try some stuff. So today, I put on my favorite skirt and stood in front of a full length mirror, and used a LOT of paint!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Morning Kitchen

I am at my daughter's house being with grandson's while she goes to a writing workshop. This morning I looked up and notices her, a grandchild, and their dog back-lit in the kitchen. I was sitting on the sofa in the living space and looking into the intimacy and light of the morning kitchen. The whole scene has some of the interior-ity and bright versus darkness of Bonnard scenes...I think/hope that I can make something of this image...may Pierre's spirit inhabit me!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

First Painting From Journal Drawings

I haven't fully understood how painters go from sketches to I am trying to go from  worked out little value sketches, to paintings that stay in the value plan that I have decided on.  This is my first attempt. I have about 10 more small drawings to work off of. Please stay tuned.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Working out Shapes and Values

At night after dinner, I like to think about what I am going to paint the next day. If I am already thinking about shapes and values, it makes getting started the next day easier. I also believe that there is some intangible but very real value in mulling, pondering, staring at, and sleeping on an idea. I love that Ann Patchett writes in "What Now?", "...nobody ever made a living depending on a muse. The rest of us have to go out and find our inspiration, write and rewrite, stare and stare and stare until we know which way to turn."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Another Good Beginning That Turned Into Multiple Stiff Paintings

Okay, this is a page torn from my sketchbook...literally.  I worked out a great value plan and composition...on paper.  But every time I tried to paint this sucker, it got stiff and stilted.  Maybe, I didn't stick to the plan???

Friday, May 12, 2017

Loosey Goosey Good

I have decided to post and ponder my process with everyone.  I think too often we want to only show our 'best', 'completed', 'finished' selves...and hey, who is EVER really there!!!?  So I am going to post my process and see if anyone out there can give me any help, feedback, etc.  Surely I have problems "such as are common to man".

So today I am looking at the sketches that I do to 'get to know' subjects before I attempt to paint them.  Man, I can do the loosest, "spirit of the subject" drawing when I am scrawling in my journal with my cheap Bic pen (love those cheap Bic pens!!), and then I try to retain that spirit when I paint...and it's "tighten up city" for me.  I love love love just staying in the "shape" realm...triangles, squares, rectangles...and I feel that all of that looseness really gets at the 'sense' of the thing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Works in Progress

Okay, why is it that I ALWAYS like my preliminary sketches, my value studies, etc. more than the finished products?!!!  I love the freshness...but most of all I think that I feel a fearlessness in those preliminary (read: not the finished product) pieces.  I want to get that bravery into my finished pieces!