Saturday, December 12, 2015

Evolution of a Painting(s)

 I was going through my treasure trove of thousands of pictures and saw this of Momma.  It's funny that I do have those thousands of photos and I look at them often then one day, BAM, I have this urge that I have to paint it.  This photo and painting has touched many people and that is what, as an artist, you want to do.  Everyone has a memory of mother, sister, or wife that looked like this photo.  

I started with a sketch, then added some umber and sepia tones, darker and lighter before color was added. 
You have to get the shading just right, the darks and lights.   
Thanks to my instructor, Ross Myers for directing the path this painting took.

This one is like before, the photo languished in my photo file until that "PAINT ME" urge happened.
It became definitely more impressionistic and abstracty and I just loved it.  It felt right.

Now this one was from my 17 year old nephew, Hunter.  He took the photo with his phone and was quite proud of it.  I thought it had possibilities.  Ross agreed and so we took another journey with some new kinds of techniques.

He had me apply the darks first in a quite haphazard way then let it dry and apply the smokey blues and greys on top.  Then a few additional grasses and trees and a painting was born.  I love it right now.

Lastly, I was in the Alpha Rho Tau show at the Promenade in November and out of 55 paintings in my category I took 2nd!  I was over the moon with happiness.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Workshop

Yes I have been at yet another art workshop and it was SOOOOoooo well worth my time and effort.  We (my art buddies) and I, had the opportunity to attend a Daniel Keys workshop and I LOVE his work, so it was, YES!  He is young, so very young and talented.  I'm on a mission in my lifetime to own one of his paintings and a Jeffrey T Larson (I have 3 of his prints).  

We drove to Oklahoma City, six of us in three cars.  Three cars to accommodate all of our painting supplies and a little bit of clothing!  When he sat down at the easel I was a bit star-struck as he is big, really BIG in the art world and I was about to learn from him.  
He begins his demo...  
Each of the four mornings we sat and watched as he created.  It is an amazing time to see art appear on his canvas. 

From 9:30 to 12:30 we watched in awe and knew we would be up next to try and be as creative as he was. 

Stunning, absolutely stunning, and it would be up for sale, if your name was drawn out of the cup to purchase.  I wanted SOooooo bad but alas my name was not drawn. 

Our turn...
It is a little scary to know that as you apply paint, he is watching, others are watching, the pressure is truly on. 
My attempt at our set up.  
I was paired with a lady from OKC, Peggy, a sweet older lady.  We drew numbers from a cup to find our station in the room and most shared a set up.  Peggy set this still life up.  I was not fond of the purple corn husk.   I struggled a bit and he actually asked me if I have done the "color charts" which I replied, "YES!" I was a tad offended because color I can do and know.  RATS!

Day 2 and 3 was pumpkins and dry corn.  It's one of his favorites to paint. 
The lessons begin again. 
Amazing how he can make that stuff appear.  

Our turn.  This time I got to set up the still life and see the purple husk, I used it.  He loved the set up and what I created pleased me.  
I think I warmed it up a bit from what was there. 

Two days spent on this one and I'm not through, according to Daniel.  He wants me to do some more with the table which I hope to do today.  I hope I don't mess it up.

We were exhausted as creating is mentally exhausting.  The first night the six of us went to Macaroni Grill for a bit of bubbly (for me) and food then it was to bed to be fresh and ready.  The second evening was a treat at one of the ladies lovely homes that was filled to bursting with art from all kinds of people, including Daniel.  There was almost too much but she was very proud of everything and her house was beautiful.  The third evening four of our group found a wonderful authentic Chinese restaurant that we came back to the following night.  That last night we were so tired but we had wonderful food, lots of laughs with friends and the best time.  These four ladies (including me) are heading on a Mediterranean cruise next year, with hubbies in tow to take photographs to paint!

Finally, day four came and it was roses on the easel.  I paint flowers but not quite like his and I was wanting to learn.  Roses are probably the hardest flower to paint.  He makes it look easy, NOT!

Wow, wow, wow and we had to try THAT!

Our turn... 

Man, I struggled and struggled and in fact wiped it off a couple of times.  It was frustrating but I think I finally got it but of course he found the flaws but I like it! 

Day four, Friday afternoon 4:30 and we were packing up to head home to Tulsa in the pouring rain.  I guess we could have stayed but I knew the rain was about to end.  Not to worry too much about hydroplaning as we were at a standstill for half of the trip home from construction and a jack-knifed semi.  Nearly 3 hours later and we pulled up.  I was starved and tired and I had paint brain.  In fact most of my dreams for several nights are of painting and mixing paint.  It's over and I want to continue.  We were lucky enough to get him to commit to come to Tulsa in June and my friend Linda has already filled his class, and I AM ONE OF THEM, so I will get to continue to learn. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Updated Paintings

I am so behind in putting some of my stuff on this blog so here we go:

16x20 oil on linen panel

"Bald Eagle"
9x12 oil on canvas

"Baltimore Oriole"
8x10 oil on canvas

8x10 oil on linen panel

"Best Friends"
11x14 oil on canvas

8x10 oil on canvas

"Cocktail Time"
11x14 oil on senso linen canvas

11x14 oil on canvas

"Garden Harvest"
16x20 oil on linen panel

8x10 oil on panel

8x10 oil on linen panel

"Tea Time"'
8x10 oil on canvas

"Ram On"
8x10 oil on senso linen canvas

16x20 oil on linen panel

"Sand Beach"
11x14 oil on canvas

"Scarlet Tanager"
8x10 oil on canvas

11x14 oil on canvas

9x12 oil on panel

"Swift River"

"Three Stooges"
14x18 oil on canvas

"Girl in Black Sunglasses"
9x12 oil gallery wrap canvas

"Winter Goldfinch"
4x6 oil on panel

"Winter on Spring Creek"
16x20 oil on canvas

"Red Headed Woodpecker"
8x10 oil on canvas