Wednesday, April 23, 2014

David Hockney

 A friend of mine recently lent me this wonderful book 
of work done by David Hockney 
after he left California to return to his native Yorkshire, England. 
It is filled with colorful and whimsical 
landscape paintings, including some of his newer I Pad paintings. 
You can read more about this work

It inspired me to play around with color 
(without considering value).   

I'd done this rather odd painting last fall 
of the view out of my studio 

So I thought I'd fool around a bit and 
Hockney-ize it!

His use of color and pattern is magical!
Fun stuff. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Class!

I'm excited about a new class I will be offering at the 
 this summer.
"Figures in the Sunlight"

Red Sox Fan 
8 x 8 

Six Thursdays
June 12 - July 26 
(no class 7/3)

Working from a model outdoors, we will learn to simplify the figure by
 breaking everything down to simple shapes of the correct value and color. 
We will cover the correct proportions of the figure and how to capture 
“body language” through exercises designed to get you to loosen up and simplify!  
We’ll begin each class with quick contour drawings and sketches.  
We will be working small (8 x 10) on toned boards using a 
limited palette, large brushes, and alot of paint. 
I work in oils but the method translates to acrylics.  
If it rains, we’ll work indoors with spotlights on the model or from photos.

Here is a great example of figure work done
 from a photo in class last week! 
By Marsha Gleason. 

This will be great fun! 
And will fill quickly!  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Painting from Photos

"Painting From Photos"
is one of my favorite topics to cover  
because the possibilities are endless.  
Today we covered the importance of "designing" 
in order to  
the image!  

"On the Wall"

My quick demo using the image below,
(taken in NYC during  a 
Karin Jurick workshop!)   

My idea was to focus on the "rim light"
as everything else is in shadow. 
I did the figures first, then simplified the back ground to 
enhance that element. 

A whole different story can be told
 with the slightest changes. 
So fun. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painting Therapy, a Year Later

 On this sad and reflective day for Boston  
I wanted to paint something positive
 that represents our amazing city. 

The Boston Public Garden is a much loved treasure 
offering respite and peace right in the center of the city.
Ironically, it's only yards away from the finish line. 

Boston at It's Best 
14 x 14 

I am excited to be a part 
of this coming Marathon Weekend.
Great job Boston! 

NOTE: A year ago, I posted this 
"Painting Therapy" on my blog.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rockport Art Association

Just back from teaching a two day 
workshop at the Rockport Art Association
on the North Shore of Boston.

The space we used is huge and filled with 
light and lots of high energy!  
We really got to spread our wings 
and get down to business! 

I loved meeting and working with all the talented and fun artists up there! 
Thank you everyone for making me feel so welcomed! 
Especially my wonderful hosts, the Susan and Bob McPhail! 

I was pampered with a delicious salmon dinner 
and got to sleep in the loft above her gorgeous studio!
Take a peek at her incredibly fun and wonderful work here! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Re-working my Handouts / Exercises

In preparation for a two day "One Hour Painting" workshop
at the Rockport Art Association this week,
I spent the weekend re-working my 
handouts and exercises. 

Four Value Study Demo 

I used to have the students do value studies using only three values. 
Recently, I've found that by adding one more value (white!) 
it's less confusing. 
The students can make better design decisions
and they are able "separate" the values, 
keeping them distinct from each other. 

Teaching, like painting, requires a lot of exploring,   
all part of the incredible journey!  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Breakthrough on Hold

If you've been following this blog for awhile,
you've noticed my conscious effort to make it 
simply about my painting journey; 
rarely sharing anything about my personal life.  
However, lately I'm finding myself happily distracted with 
some new and fun endeavors and exciting family events, 
putting "serious" painting on the back burner. 
(Two weddings! a Giant Puppet project, A "Yarden" Sale, 
milestone birthdays, a May Day celebration.... 
Hey! Event planning is an art form. No?) 

Thank goodness I have students keeping me in the game! 
Sue's "start" 

I have some dynamite young painters come to my studio 
on Tuesday mornings to just "play".

This week we set up a colorful still life 
and made a conscious effort to interpret it 
"less literally"! 

Sue's finish.

I can't even post mine! 
Enough said. 
I have a feeling the "Breakthrough" I was headed for 
may be on hold for awhile!