"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

FineArtViews Painting Competition - Twice in the Fav 15%

http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/badge/13203 three times selected for FAV15%, Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Turquoise Ribbon

After more false starts yet again I came up with this small piece.  I feel I may be making a tiny bit of progress with choosing subjects and painting directly without over planning. Working more from intuition is revealing some surprising tendencies . I seem to be doing better with a mid value tonal range using blues and grays, which is a colour scheme I do not generally use in my large, thought-out-adnauseum work. It is almost grisaille, and perhaps a logical return to some basics while I practice this new (for me) faster approach.
The rest of the week has turned up some interest in my workshops and weekly classes in my studio - good news.  I need to follow through.  I have also been asked to teach a class through
the Kelsey Rec Centre on photography. This would be for basic point and shoot cameras most
likely, but there is a lot you can do to improve photo taking even with limited camera functions. The biggest issue seems to be concerning composing a shot. 
Now to choose my next paint-in-a-day subject...any suggestions?

Friday, May 8, 2009

My first try at a decorate small box was not worth completing.  I worked with a lot of magenta and reds, which are very transparent and don't have the full body I like.  I layered colour upon colour but the results did not improve.  Sometimes you have
to admit it isn't going to work and move on. 
This painting utilizes colours that suit my temperment better, at least in this point in time.
I enjoyed the smooth, pink glass as compared to the fussier embroidery and connecting the two with
the plain ribbon seemed to work.  In the setup the background fabric seemed to unify everything but I am not certain it entirely works in the painting.  I may change this.  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Little Jugs Together

Viewing the little jugs all in a row reveals a process that I have to get more in touch with. I don't normally work in a series but it is something I want to do more of.  The next small series is involving little boxes that I have around.  The first one is almost completed.