Thursday, December 17, 2015
The holidays have been hectic and it's been good to feel like I get in my art practice by sketching. The book is always close by and there are things in the house and photos from Christmas that are begging to be sketched. My goal was to do 50 of these before the first of the year. I think I'll take the most interesting ones and do paintings. Sketching is a great way to get a feel for the composition. A thumbnail helps with basic shapes and values but the sketch lets you really focus on a little more detail and begin sense what the composition needs. I have several sketches from class last semester that I've been wanting to paint.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Recently I took a trip to purchase storage bins and containers. I already had several storage files in my closet that were full of "stuff". There's carpet on the floor so not a perfect floor for the space but I can deal with that another day. I am working hard cleaning out and throwing away. I will still share part of the closet with my granddaughter for her things. Surprise....she loves art and so most of her "toys" are actually art supplies and books. So she's a perfect studio partner.
I've already bribed myself my a carrot stick of the "Best Urania's Pastel Desk". A bit pricey but a great easel and cabinet that will fold up to a regular cabinet on those days when I have overnight guest.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
This project by the way is "Alter Ego" - what would you do it you could choose anything, in any time period. etc. I decided painting with Monet in his garden would be ideal. I made it a time travel journey and brought along Picasso and Van Gogh. I call it the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Surrealist and Me!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
|Christ Church - 5x7 - Watercolor - 2015|
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
When I saw the webinar notice on email, I jumped on it. He talked about Alla Prima Painting. Perfect for plein air painting. It means "all at once". So rather than painting one subject at a time, he worked the entire painting all at once. He discussed in detail materials and supplies and led the group through set up techniques, thumbnail sketches, composition, drawing in shapes and breaks it. I loved the break it section. It is a way to blend your pastel by "Make it - Break it - Make it". A good way to look at how to eliminate the artificial edges that sometimes pop up in paintings.
He also did an entire section on pastel impasto. I've never used the gesso but have experimented with various underpinnings. I want to try the application of gesso and use of a fixative to build up layers and texture.
He also talked about final touches. He uses ph neutral black tape to mask off edges of his painting. This allows him to step back and see the painting more objectively. Then he adds final darks and looks at final color detail and adding a few little accents.
He has a book and new video they were promoting. I have several of his products and would highly recommend them. I took a photo of his pastel box on the computer screen. Wish I could keep mine this organized!!!
|Christ Church - 5x7 - Watercolor - 2015|
Sunday, November 22, 2015
|Painting with my Alter Ego and My Artist Friends|
Sunday, November 15, 2015
|Janet Deal & Tim Everhart at St. Simon Island|
One of the fun things about painting is meeting interesting people. I was quietly painting one afternoon on St. Simon Island by the marsh. A voice behind me said "that's beautiful"! I turned around to meet Tim Everhart. Tim was staying in a home across from the marsh and he said he had been enjoying the marsh every day for a month. He asked to buy my painting. I said yes but I'd have to wait until the end of the week since I was in a painting class and I needed it for my critique session on Friday night. He agreed and we met Saturday morning to make the exchange. He was a nice young man who lives in Cartersville, GA. A connection since my daughter and son in law lived for a long time in that area. Nice to know your paintings get a good home!
|Albert Handel at the easel in the studio at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simon Island|
Each day we painting morning and afternoon and had a critique each evening.
|Janet Deal painting by the marsh on St. Simon Island|
|Golden Marsh - 12x18 - Pastel - 2015 - SOLD|
|Untitled 1 - Plein Air - St. Simon Island - 12x18 - Pastel - 2015|
|Untitled 2 - Plein Air - St. Simon Island - 12x18 -Pastel - 2015|
|Untitled 3 - Plein Air - St. Simon Island - 9x12 - Pastel - 2015|
|Untitled 4 Plein Air - St. Simon Island - Epworth by the Sea - 9x18 - Pastel - 2015|
|Untitled 5 Studio - St. Simon Island - Epworth by the Sea - 9x18 - Pastel - 2015|
Saturday, November 7, 2015
|Typography Self Portrait - Illustrator - 2015|
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
|Monochromatic - 8x10 - Acrylic - Sloss Furnace|
|Analogous - 8x10 - Acrylic - Sloss Furnace|
|Tetriad - 8x10 - Acrylic - Sloss Furnace|
|Photo Shop Photo of Values - 8x10 - Sloss Furnace|
My first semester is a little over half completed. Next semester I've signed up for drawing. Wish I could just step out of time and go live on campus and just take classes. It is consuming but I love it!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
|Daffodil Morning - Pastel - 9x12 - 2014|
Online exhibits are a fun way to participate in art shows. Easy to do from your computer and usually pretty cheap. I've entered a couple lately. One thing that I need to invest time and energy into is taking a better photo of each of my paintings. Frequently I just take out my iphone and snap a quick photo and crop. I always know when I crop that it's not perfectly flat or straight. I have a new camera and tripod so "no excuses". I always have to send or upload a photo of my painting but I didn't pay as much attention to it as I should have until the online exhibits. Since online is the only way the painting will be seen, its extra important to have the best photo that captures what the painting really "looks" like. Another skill to work on!!