Monday, October 13, 2014
"out of the blue" is painted on an 11 x 14 linen canvas.
Speaking of workshops....I am announcing two upcoming ones at my home. The first dates are January 10 and 11 and then February 21 and 22. These are both held on Saturday and Sunday, from 10-4. You can email me at email@example.com for more information. Something fun to do to brighten up your winter.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
I have been painting mostly from photos lately and have not had time to get back to one of my first loves, still life. It is hard to fit it in sometimes. I set up my still lifes so that I can have practice painting from real life. These apples asked me to paint them so I found some complimentary things to go with them.
I am enjoying using the limited palette that I practiced at Nancy Franke's workshop. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.sold
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This was my final painting for Nancy Franke's workshop. It is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas. One thing she mentioned several times was to look for triangles, X's and Z's in bodies and in compostion. More interesting. This little guy has lots of those going on and I think that was the main reason I was drawn to this photograph.
I am personally drawn to Nancy's work because of her color palette, her loose brush work, and subject matter. She has more energy and light than almost anyone I know and that shines through in her work. I am so happy to have had this opportunity to learn from her again. She's the bomb.
Below is a picture of Nancy (yellow scarf) and her wannabes. I am the giant on the front left. Nancy could fit in my back pocket.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Nancy uses a limited palette. ultramarine blue, cad red medium, cad yellow light or lemon, titanium white. Now and then she uses a "short cut" color like yellow ochre. One of my favorite colors! Good for warmer skin tones. Oh yeah, now and then she uses cerulean blue. I typically use lots of short cut colors but I used her palette for the workshop. I am so pleased with the results that I may stick to it for a while. I mixed cad yellow and cerulean to get the bright swim tube in the painting.
Monday, October 6, 2014
One of the wonderful things about painting children is being able to capture them before they develop hang ups about how they look. Before they realize that they have frizzy hair, a big nose or a crooked smile. Children are so carefree and confident. That is what Nancy Franke captures in her children studies. You can add to that carefree attitude through your use of loose brushwork and less detail. Nancy quote worth repeating, "saying a lot with as little as possible." !!!! Okay....it is not easy. It is a process that you get to after working very hard. I painted much tighter when I started out but I knew where I wanted to go and kept at it. Another thing Nancy said is that when you are having trouble, go to a larger brush. What!!??? Yes!
This foot loose and fancy free girl is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" and was the second painting I did at the workshop.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
We talked a lot about capturing the essence of children by portraying their attitude and getting their proportions right. She reminded us that child figures are divided down into four, pretty equal sections. The head and neck taking up the top section. Look at some of your own photos and see if this rule does not hold true. It is a great tool.
She stresses the importance of using simple shapes, clear values, lively brushwork and surface paint texture. She preaches," saying a lot with as little as possible." Amen sister!
Nancy is an inspiration to me in many ways. I will gush on about her during the next few posts. Below is a picture of Nancy painting her first demo. One of the things she does that makes me laugh is that when she gets excited talking about things, she kicks her leg back. She still has a lot of cheer leader going on.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I just returned from a wonderful workshop with Nancy Franke. You have lots of reasons to be jealous. First off, it was held in Nashville and I got to stay in my friends beautiful home. Secondly, Jeannie Smith of Warehouse 521, hosted the workshop and there were lots of great and nice artists there. Thirdly, and most importantly.....Nancy Franke was our teacher/ friend for two days. I will say more about that and share pictures tomorrow.
Oh yeah, incredible artist and nice person, Ann Blair Brown stopped by to chat.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
She is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This cow looks a bit dazed and confused and that is kind of the way I feel after returning from a visit to see my son who lives in Chicago. I returned yesterday and today I think I finally feel rested enough to get back to work. I did not waste a minute while I was there.
Below is the view from his bedroom window. I know because he gave up his bed to Dan and me.
I walked ALL over the city including along Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful day and the water was a gorgeous turquoise.
I visited the Art Institute of Chicago and discovered a new artist that I was not familiar with. One of my favorite paintings in the museum. The "shoe shop" by Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones. I just ordered a book about her. "Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, the artist who lived twice"
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I like the way the look together. I tried to keep the same color palette. Some smart person should buy all of them while they have the chance. They are $85.00 each.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Below are pictures from the workshop I held at my studio this weekend. We had a great group and I hope everyone took away some new tips to improve their painting. I am sorry for the poor quality of the images of some of their paintings. The light was not very good when I took them.
My Mom made these cookies for our dessert. She bent a can to form the palette and used a small top to make the finger hole. Pretty creative.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
"fred" was the painting I demonstrated this morning for my workshop. The title had to be start with the letter "F" and Fred was suggested. I like it . Simple, like I tried to keep this chick. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.
My wonderful workshop participants are pictured below. Great group of ladies with lots of talent and enthusiasm. I even had a dog all the was from Switzerland at the workshop. Perrito is a bolonka and accompanied his Mom Michelle. More pictures to come tomorrow.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Hershey belongs to a friend and patron from Nashville. She is quite a striking dog. Very regal looking. I think a crown would look very appropriate. They think she is an Austrailian Shepard/ Retriever mix. Whatever...a good mix! This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas. I have several dog commissions I will be working on in the next couple of weeks. I will have to slow down on commission work soon because I have several shows coming up this Fall.
Day 5 of the 30 day challenge and the letter e of the alphabet title. This chick did not endure in the cup very long. I may paint her when she was jumping out of it one day. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas. I meant to mention before that these are my sister's chicks. They are big chickens now. They grow so fast. These were beginning to sprout their wings at the stage I photographed them.
Tomorrow is the first day of my workshop. Looking forward to meeting some new folks and seeing some repeats again! I will take some photos during the workshop and share with you.
Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The chick on the right appears to be ducking down and the one on the left looks like she is thinking she might better duck too. She looks a bit frightened. It was probably the huge lady lying on the ground and taking their picture. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.