Friday, 15 December 2017
Monday, 11 December 2017
I have been busy finishing off my Life Drawing course so I haven't had much art to post here. I did get this fabulous drying rack HANDMADE for me, by the talented Colby, 16 year old wood and metal work 'artist'. Click this link to check out Colby's website - Colby's Woodworking This sucker is solid metal, nice and heavy and holds a lot of various size paintings. Currently I am drying several 9x12 panels in preparation for a painting experiment I am planning.
|My FABULOUS solid panel drying rack.|
Thursday, 23 November 2017
I am constantly saving pictures for potential paintings - this painting was from a picture taken several years ago when I went to Victoria for my first watercolour workshop. I did not turn out any keepers in that workshop but got some good photos. Still plugging away at this one. A few little tweaks with perspective and it should all be good to go! Savy Painter podcasts keep me motivated while I am painting.
|9x12 oil on linen panel|
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
|9x12 oil on panel|
|retro mens wear 70's|
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
I am reading a really great book on Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaccson Da Vinci was amazing with the scope of his projects and skills. However he did have a difficult time 'finishing' his projects. Reading this made me feel a bit better about my sometimes painting habit of working on something then not quite calling it finished and leaving it 'for awhile'. NOT that I am anywhere near the skill level of 'Leo' but I could totally relate to how he would often not finish a number of his projects. He was often "stymied because his conceptions were "so subtle and so marvellous" that they were impossible to execute faultlessly. "It seemed to him that the hand was not able to attain to perfection of art in carrying out the things which he imagined" p 81
I am sure many artists out there can relate to this, in that what we envision the painting to look like just never seems to turn out the way we want. My current struggle is with creating light in my paintings - so I am back to studying more on value and colour to try to help with this. Below are this weeks homework for Figure Drawing class and my recent stab at 'finishing' the sleigh ride painting.
|Charcoal sketch of Old Master drawing for homework|
|Calling it on this oil on panel|
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Starting a painting is always easy and exciting and hopeful. You get this picture in your head about how you are going to do this piece and of course it is quite perfect. Then you start - and I always seem to really like the painting up to about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way through. Then something goes south, a part of the picture isn't working or you over work it or you get bored with the painting. I often (and I guess a lot of artists do this) abandon the painting or set it aside for awhile and then just can't start it again - mostly cause I don't quite know what to do to 'fix' it, I found this website, Draw, paint, mix that helps you to get past this problem.
This oil sketch below is just a quick one - to help me loosen up - completed in about an hour
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
|My name is Mud - 8x10 oil on wood panel|
Friday, 27 October 2017
The one hard thing to do is to not beat myself up to much when a painting goes south and just wipe the sucker off. I think I am getting better at this. The above is an example... I started this one because I really love this bread box. It is kind of retro and I bought it not just to store bread in, but because I loved the colour and it looks good. I threw together this 'still' life, putting in the orange for some colour and the plate cause it matched. However after working on it for the last 3 hours, I realize that the box is too big for the rest of the objects and that it just isn't translating so well onto the canvas. Hence it is a wiper. I will wipe it away, save my canvas for another day and call it a learning experience. NEXT time, start with a pencil sketch... save yourself 3 hours!
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Today, just had a couple hours to work on something so I tackled my little 8x8 painting of the pizza place. The biggest challenge was getting the metal pizza ovens and hoods over them to look like shiny or dull metal. I wanted this one to be quick and loose and got it down fairly quickly. I unfortunately used the same brush on the sky that I had previously used on the metal, so that I greyed the outdoor, backlighting toooo much. Now I will have to wait until this baby is completely dry to get back some really bright light behind the pizza guy.