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!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Quick Studies


Julia Cameron says' "Making art is a little like dieting.  One day you just have to start, and what you do that day is the beginning of success or failure.  I cannot write an entire book today, but I can write one page."  Amen...and the more little 'one pages' that I write, the more I seem to get at the essence of what is most important in a given image.  So, here's to many 'one pages' and 'quick little studies'.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Value Studies

I have been doing these little "low stakes" value studies...maybe four or six where I really get to know the various shapes and elements of the image.  I really see the value of them for finding a 'way into' an image. I love what Julia Cameron says about this,

     "My artist performs best when the stakes are lower." 

And so it is with me, I do my best work when I just do, and try, lots of different possibilities...see what works, what NEEDS to be included, what NEEDS to be left out.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I Can See Clearly Now (kind of)

I just had surgery on my eyelids, which were drooping sooo much that they had cut out a significant chunk of vision.  I could see stuff down below me, but not the tiger crouching in the tree above me!  So, even though I am pretty scared of medical procedures, I chose a nice, super competent, double-boarded (in ophthalmology and plastics) surgeon and took the plunge.  Hopefully I will be able to see things below me AND above me.  For now, here is a birds-eye view (looking down on) of my ever evolving, movable feast still-life.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Quotidian # 24 "Fanny Lou and Her Person"

This 8" x 12" oil on masonite is my friend and her English Bulldog.  I think that the dog "Fanny Lou" clearly sees herself as the 'person' in this relationship.  I held the leash while my friend went in to get her food and Fanny had no shortage of admirers.  I DID notice that there was a tree coming out of my friend's head, but decided that it was great symbolism: She is a strong grounded woman, and our friends give us emotional shade/a place to cool off/they clean the air around us!