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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Painting with Priscilla

The only painting I've done in the last couple of weeks was plein air with Priscilla. We decided to paint in her garden at Keuka Lake which is spectacular, especially this time of year. We are going to try to paint most Tuesday mornings.

Pale Yellow Iris - Keuka Lake

Friday, June 6, 2008

Self Portrait - A beginning

My first attempt at a self portrait is going to be a square within a square format, inspired by the inchie movement and Anne JP. It's nine square canvases, currently taped together, to make a 12 x 12 inch square. I am repeating the square in the background. When done, we'll see if the squares are interesting on their own, or if it works as a scrambled composition in a new array.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Painting Again - Whew!

After a 6 month break, I am ready to paint again. I started out by gesso-ing a bunch of boards and doing other stuff (watching painting videos, etc.) which didn't actually involve painting, i.e., procrastinating, but today I actually put out my array of colors and picked up a brush. Hooray!

On this old painting of the tomato & corkscrew, I decided to add the highlights, deepen the shadows and brighten the orange-reds, then call it quits. Time to move on to something new.

The next project is a painting of a honey bear for my brother's 50th birthday, which was last June. My goal is to give it to him by the time he turns 51 on June 24.

My first attempt is very crude. The colors are not at all what I wanted. The bear turned greenish. And the foreground is yucky. I haven't painted something transparent before, so this is going to be a challenge. Not sure I like the design either. But I thought I'd post what I did and not worry about it being perfect. :)