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!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Painting Simply

We began the new Spring Session at NRAS this week. 
I find it very exciting to expose beginning painters to 
the One Hour Painting approach. 
It's like lightbulbs going off!  

Quick demo using 
One Hour Approach 
8 x 10 

Meanwhile, I've just discovered work by  
We saw this painting last night at the opening gala
of the AD 20/21 show at the Cyclorama in Boston
in the Sloane Merrill Gallery booth. 

His brushwork and simplicity are stunning! 
I'm a huge new fan. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Sighting!

I saw this the shocking sight the other day 
and had to pull over and take a picture of it! 

"Spring Sighting"
12 x 12 

Color in the landscape! 
Had to paint it today.....
Spring can't be that far away now, 
can it????????

Friday, March 21, 2014

High / Low Key Exercise

We had our last class of the winter session today
(and it was the first day of spring)
so I thought I'd try something new.

High Keyed Demo
9 x 12

We set up a simple still life using
very light colored objects.

Using a 10 value scale, we were to use only the top 5 values,
(middle value being the darkest dark)

We blocked in everything in shadow with yellow ochre
to use a "guide".
Then only used values lighter than that
for the rest of it.

Then we painted the same subject  
using only the lower (darker) values 5 - 10! 
How do you paint white tulips without using white???

This exercise forces you to think about using values 
relative to each other 
in order to create a mood or overall feeling in a painting. 
High Keyed or Low Keyed Paintings can be very dramatic! 

One of the joys of teaching! 
A generous gift from one of my students, 
Happiness in a bottle! 
Thank you Marsha!