Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Second Guessing

Sometimes you work on a subject so long, 
you loose your focus on the initial intention, 
and you start second guessing your every move. 

Here's a perfect example;

RAA Kitchen
20 x 16 oil 

Here's the image that inspired me,
(I flipped it) 
I was initially attracted to the purple/ yellow palette 
and the linear shapes of dark and light. 

This is the intitial block in,
that I thought had great potential! 
Fresh brush strokes, high contrast....

Then I took out the clock, warmed it up,
 and softened the dark garbage bags 
making it feel awkward at this point. 

So on the I Pad, 
I re-added the clock and removed the trash cans,
which then created too many "blocks" to get to the stove.

So I kept them in, adjusted 
the values of the walls and the door, 
and removed the indent above the stove. 

At this point, it just feels too overworked and stiff.
I'll put it aside, let it dry 
and most likely paint over it.

Lessons learned;
Try to stay focussed on your initial intention. 
Don't listen to the "judge" in the room. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Works in Progress

Yesterday I did this small study from an image
 I took at the beach recently. 

It felt so tight and too close to the image 
so I turned it upside down and used it as a reference 
for this 20 x 20 over an old painting. 

Beginning stage 
24 x 24 

When I turned it right side up,
I wiped away areas 
and re-drew some of the shapes. 
Now, I like where this is going! 

I'll force myself to let this dry for a few days
 and then figure out where to take it. 
The tough part will be working on it,
without loosing the spontaneity or freshness 
it has right now. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

New Year Studio Clean Out

Over the weekend, I did my annual 
New Year Studio Clean Out.
I threw away all stiff brushes, dried up paint,
pens that don't write.....you name it.

It's fun to finally have everything where I can find it.

When I started, I had a list of supplies to order on line. 
After I finished cleaning out closets, cupboards and drawers;
 I realized
 I didn't need a thing! 

Next Up:;
Totaling the year's income and expenses.
Launching the new website/blog.

I'm working on a group of paintings at the same time.
None are ready for posting.
Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all.
As you know, for me this year has been one of
exploration and discovery.

One the most valuable experiences I had
was the interaction with other artists from all over the world,
through the year long on-line class I took with Mark Daniel Nelson. 

I thought I'd share a recent post that was shared by a fellow student.  

by Ira Grass 

Talk about re-affirming and comforting! 
A great reminder that we are not alone on this incredible journey
and that it's the ride, not the destination that matters.  

Happy New Year to all 
and good luck with your creative journey
in 2019.

Thank you all for sending me your email addresses
for my new blog format, to be launched soon.  
If you haven't, please do so I won't loose you! 
Stay tuned.  

Friday, December 21, 2018

Workshop added and Important Message!

After the holiday hub-bub sudsides,
want to give yourself something to look forward to?
I've just added a one day workshop at North River Arts 
Saturday April 27 
9-4 pm 

Yellow Cup 
20 x 20 oil

"Breaking the Literal Habit"
Step away from the representational and 
discover ways to make your paintings more engaging and contemporary. 
We'll take what we see (literally) and explore new approaches 
to expressing that idea or subject in a more personal and creative way.  
We'll work from still life, photos, and our imagination. 
Come for a fun day of discovery.  

I'll be launching a new website and blog format 
after the New Year.
I don't want to lose you! 
In order for you to continue 
to receive this blog you 
need to email me at 
before Jan. 1! 

Then I can transfer your address to the new server. 
This won't be the first time you'll receive this. 
I just don't want to lose you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Apple Store

I recently took a class at the Apple Store 
to learn more about the camera on my new phone. 
While playing with some of the new features, 
I captured this scene. 
I was initially attracted to the arrangaement of all the shapes of color, 
then I couldn't help 
making it a "narrative" of the 
Apple Store experience. 
(Little eye contact and a lot of waiting 
in a sterile environment.) 

The Apple Store
24 by 24 
oil on canvas 

Here is the reference photo I used,
so you can see some of the changes I made along the way. 

A fun subject! 

The year long on-line class I've been taking 
ended last week.  
I'll miss the weekly lessons and challenges 
and the interaction with the other artists. 
That said, I'm looking forward to discovering
where it all will take me.  

Bring on 2019! 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Small "Abstract" Watercolors

While watching the Pats game
I played with a small pad, marker and watercolors.
Trying to think abstractly 
I started with 5 shapes of varying sizes and color.
No reference.  

That didn't last long. 
This became the pizza we had during the game. 

This became an appetizer plate

And of course, a beach scene. 

It's funny how our brain reads shapes and 
we immediately identify them as something. 
I find it a challenge to think of 
just shapes and their relationships with each other.