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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Alla Prima Attempt

Sometimes this is what happens.  You have to wipe off what you painted for the afternoon and you end up with a canvas that still has good colors and will be used for something else in the future.

I made an attempt to paint a female figure in a lawn chair catching rays in just one session, alla prima, which means you paint wet on wet, in full color.  Well, it was going pretty well until I realized I had a drawing problem where her legs crossed and met the lawn chair.  I tried to fix it, and then things got worse, and then the whole thing got out of control.

I am not discouraged.  It was still time well spent.  Someday I hope to be able to paint well alla prima.  You can't get there if you don't try.  Plus I am kind of excited about how the canvas looks now.  I may be able to make it into a landscape or use it to make one of the nocturne paintings I have wanting to try.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Museum Note Taker" Painting - In Progress

"Museum Note Taker" -in Progress
8 x 6 Oil Alkyd on Canvasboard

This little painting is driving me crazy.  I hope after I take a break from it this weekend,  (Happy Easter! Happy Spring!) that next Monday I will be able to get in there and fix the drawing problems.  I still struggle with basic perspective issues like the artwork on the wall.  And, this is the first time I have painted full figures which is challenging for me.  The figures I have painted before are elements of landscapes where it is easier to suggest them.  Here I must get them just right so they look like are standing in the space.

I am painting it from a photo I took at the Tate in London when we were there in March.  I was first following the younger woman in the back (with my camera, not stalking her!) because she had on an interesting hat and garb, then luckily the notetaker came into the scene. 

I think it will be interesting if I can put my experience with street photography together with painting.  If it is a good photo of people will it also be a good painting?  Not sure.  It might depend on how well I can execute it.:)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Underpainting for "Patch of Light" - In Progress

Photo of Underpainting for "Patch of Light" - in Progress
8x10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite

This is another painting in progress.  Took a photo of it because the scan is pretty bad as shown below.

Scan of "Patch of Light" -in Progress
8 x 10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite

For some reason, my scanner doesn't pick up purples well.  Not good for this underpainting which is done in purples and yellow.

In this painting, I am experimenting with painting from a black and white film image which I took on a trip to Scotland in 1998 before I had a digital camera.  I continue to want to figure out how to make paintings from black and white images.  Now that I have the underpainting done, I have to figure out how I am going to add color.

This presents lots of exciting problems to solve:  what kind of apple is it?  A green one or a yellow one.  Do I just focus on adding to color to the apple, or to the entire painting?

Also, I don't usually do underpaintings, but it could be a very good step to add to my process because I can solve my drawing problems at this stage.  Plus I find it very enjoyable and relaxing to paint monochromatically, just using warm and cool versions of two colors, in this case, purples and yellows.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

"In The Park" Painting - In Progress

"In the Park" - In Progress
6x10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite

Right now I have three paintings in the works.  This is one of them.  It is coming along, but placing figures in the landscape is challenging, as is the dappled light in the shadows of the trees and the strong light of the farmer's market tents in the background. I don't have an exact reference.  I have pasted together three photos I took when I saw this scene unfolding in the park. 

Recently I have taken up scanning my panels on my printer.  It's convenient-- great for seeing drawing problems --but as a result, the colors aren't accurate.  In this scan, the colors are too vivid.


Friday, April 8, 2011

New Oil Painting of Shells

approx. 11 x 14"
Oil Alkyds on Masonite

Resumed painting with Lin on Mondays and have added Wednesday afternoons, so we can get more painting done. We aren't able to paint on her porch yet due to rain, sleet, snow and altogether awful April weather, so we've set up in her dining room, each with a window, and music in the background.  In spite of the weather, we've been enjoying getting back into the rhythm.  This is the first painting I have to show from my renewed commitment.