Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mark Daniel Nelson's book

I just received my back ordered copy of Mark Daniel Nelson's book:
"Learn to Paint in Acrylics with 50 Small Paintings"

I've been a huge fan of his work for ages 
so I'm excited to try some of these lessons 
and share them with students.
He takes expressive painting and simplification
to whole new level!

I highly recommend this well organized
and beautifully produced "how to" book
 to painters of any medium and level!  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Representational / Expressive Experiment

 I tried an experiment here that I may present to my students.

Play Time 
9 x 12 

I painted this one from a photo, very representationally, 
almost copying the image exactly. 

Then I challenged myself to paint the same subject
more expressively. 

Play Time 2 
9 x 12 

In the end,  I think this may be one of those images that works 
so well as a photograph,
maybe it doesn't need to be painted? 

This is all about the red frisbee against the neutral white and grey. 
So changing that, changes everything! 

I have a new and improved website! 
Stop by and visit! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Added Three Classes

This week we talked about making more expressive landscape
paintings from photos. 

Here is my quick 8 x 10 demo 

from this photo

Expressive landscape paintings should not look finished and detailed, like a photo. 
They should celebrate and show off the materials used to create it;
paint and a brush!
The result is something only a painter could produce.  

I have added three classes for the spring session at 
Mondays April 6, 13, 20
1:30 - 4:30 
Contact Laura to sign up! 

I have some fun exercise up my sleeve!  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Low Tide Leisure

Low Tide Leisure 
24 x 36 

I originally made the water really blue
then realized that at low tide, 
you see more sand than water. 

24 x 36 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Using biggest and fewest shapes possible

We did an exercise this week 
that focusses on the pattern created by 
shape, color, and line in a painting. 

The idea is to say everything you need to say 
with the biggest and fewest shapes. 

8 x 10 
In honor of St. Patrick's Day
I did my demo of a man at a bar in a green shirt. 

Here are just a few examples of student work:
I love how everyone interprets the exercise 
in their own style.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Odd Size!

I love a long horizontal format.  

Lazy Day Line Up 
18 x 48 

I had to jury rig two easels together to hold this one! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hazy, Hot and Humid

Hazy, Hot, and Humid
12 x 12 

This painting did not have an easy delivery.  
I had it close to finishing but a 
largish male figure on the right side 
wasn't working. 
While wiping it out I dropped the painting on the floor. 
Face down. 

It had "good bones" so I thought it was worth saving,  
however it's hard to keep the freshness of the original strokes 
when that happens.  
I did a lot of wiping and used a ton of paint! 

I'm not sure about the ocean color. 
Darker may be better, 
but I wanted it to feel like glare.