Thursday, February 26, 2009

Next Pass at the Sky

Getting close to the end of this painting. I want to layer in more colors in the water, and soften the land formation. I will probably add a little more color in the lowest strata of the sky, although it is a very dark section. I am working off a photograph, but after you get the basic values, and the general colors, you have to, in the words of Karin Jurick, whom you all may know from her art, "paint the scene, not the photograph".

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

More/Better Photos and a WIP

The sky is almost done - still left is the land and the water. This is 30x30.

Got more paintings up ( then had a minor collapse when a bunch came flying off the wall - the top painting slammed into two others on the way down - fortunately they were UNframed! I LOVE my studio!

Everybody UP!

I'm trying to get my studio less cluttered.  I mean, it's 1,200 square feet, and you can hardly MOVE in it!  So.  All the framed pieces that I don't HATE are going up.  The framed pieces that I do hate are coming out of frames, frames stacked in my big built-n drawers, and they're getting painted over.  That's it.  And the hundreds of paintings that I actually don't like are going to get painted over or tossed.  THEN the ones that need or may benefit more work will go in a special bin.... and those I'm reserving for history (heh heh! - in other words, pieces that have a sentimental value to me, even though they may not make the grade right now) will go in other bins, against the wall.  Here's some bad shots of what the back end of the studio looks like.  There's so much light (yes, there is a thing as TOO much light) that everything is back lit and hard to photograph!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Re-Do of the Callas

I tried a different vantage for these Valentine's flowers, but it didn't work out. They probably look more like Callas, but the point of view is weird. I consider this one a failure. Nice flowers, bad painting... This is just to show one of my failures to you.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 2009

Above I'm working on a Paris view - a lot looser then I usually work, just full of energy and feeling.
I started this piece below of Mexican pottery last week with Paula Villanova (she may just post her take on it on her blog)

Two daily paintings and work on 2 bigger pieces on my first day back at the studio. I took a walk and saw someone you might know (below...).