Thursday, November 16, 2017

Push and Pull of Color

In the e-class I am taking with
"Own Your Own Colors"
we are working on 
the push and pull of color temperature. 
(a la Hans Hoffman) 

For mine, I painted over the painting below,
focussing on manipulating the blocks of color.  

This painting had gone through so many stages, 
I figured I had nothing to lose. 

(Melinda liked the before better than the after. 
Oh well) 

Here are just a few of the I pad sketches I did
 along the way, 
while playing with color shapes. 

Well, I guess it's true. 
It's all about the process,
not the product!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thinking Less

Here I played with varying 
the size of the shapes and patterns
 and using cools and warms. 

"Fire Pit"
8 x 6 collage

I began with the dark blue pattern at the bottom
and the rest just happened. 
Working with collage is 
helping me think less. 


My good friend Sally Dean 
asked me how I got the yellow in last post, 
referring to complementary colors. 
(Blue and orange)

I forgot to mention that
 in the exercise we were allowed 
to add one more color as an accent in the end. 
I added Indian yellow! 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Complementary Colors

For this lesson I used two complementary colors 
plus black and white. 
I chose Phtalo Turquoise and Cadmium scarlet.

"Summer Dreams" 
14 x 14 oil 

The range of colors you can get is amazing. 
And the neutrals are so harmonious
 when you limit the palette like that! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

On-line painting class

I'm taking an on-line painting class called 
"Own Your Colors" 

One of the assignments was to invent colors  
using a black and white image as a reference,
making sure the values stay the same.  
It teaches you how to see value in color. 
This is more difficult than it looks.  

"Ironing Hankies" 
20 x 16 oil 

Here is my reference photo 
and a Black and white image of the painting.

It's fun to how close you can get. 
And it helps you see the big shapes of value. 

This is right up my alley. 
She gives you the whole course 
at once and everyone goes at their own pace. 
We post and comment in a private group on FB
 and there are artists from all over the world in the class. 
She is extremely organized and helpful. 

Drawing Circles and Ellipses

In order to get everyone more relaxed when drawing
we did an exercise called 
"running the track".  

I had them draw an organic shape, 
a geometric shape
and an abstract shape. 

Then they were to "run" their pencil along the lines
over and over again, using different grips.   

Then we practiced drawing circles and ellipses
on sheets I found on the internet. 
This is much harder than it looks! 

A great way to practice hand / eye control! 

As always, it's a true joy to work with these 
smart, engaging and eager folks!  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ken Kewley workshop

I am completly enthralled after 
taking a three day 
Abstract Landscape Collage workshop 
at Concord Art this weekend.
He is an amazingly organized and generous instructor
and we all did an incredible amount of work!

We painted our own papers
and produced hundreds of small 
abstract landscapes. 
(without thinking too much) 

Here, I used just geometric shapes:

"Harbor Town"
4 x 4 

Here are my two "unrestricted" landscapes
done on Sunday

6 x 6 

6 x 6 

On Sunday we created three D
structures using cardboard and paint. 
Then we collaged them from four different angles! 

This was by far one of the most exciting and 
engaging workshops I have ever taken.
I can't wait to see where it takes me! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Teaching Value in Drawing

We did a five value scale
in pencil this week in our  
drawing class at Linden Ponds. 

I then set up a simple object under a 
strong light source.
They were to draw an outline of the obvious shapes
 of different values
and assign one to each section.

I'm continually amazed at how quickly 
(and willingly) 
these total beginners work. 
It's a gift to see them discover the 
joy of seeing. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Abstract Exercises

Still working my way through 
the exercises in Jane Davie's 
"Abstract Painting" book. 

For this one, we were to use one shape
(circle, square, rectangle, cone etc) 
to make a composition using 5 different 
versions of that shape. 

This is harder than it sounds. 

I'm gearing up for 
I'm taking at Concord Art 
this weekend; 
"A Thousand Collages and the Landscape".

We will be exploring abstraction in landscape 
through collage. 

"All along we will share a path away from copying and rendering, 
toward a more exciting and ultimately more real 
picture of what we find beautiful in the world."

It sounds just right for where I'm heading.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drawing Class #2

This week at our Basic Drawing Class at 
 Linden Ponds 
we talked about measuring
using a view finder and a pencil. 

I give these folks a lot of credit. 
None of them have ever done this before 
and they are all 
 so enthusiastic and willing to try anything.  
My kind of students! 

The painted wooden blocks were purchased years ago from 
Another favorite teaching tool.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Last Marine Painting

I focussed on the big shapes of color on this. 
Then put them together like a puzzle, 
trying to limit detail. 

"End Of Season"
18 x 24 oil 

My initial charcoal "map" 
on canvas toned with yellow ochre. 

This may be my last marine painting for the season. 
All the boats are coming out of the water!  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Teaching Drawing

I've just started teaching a 6 week 
Basic Drawing Class
to residents at Linden Ponds,
an Independent Living facility in Hingham, MA. 

Having never done this before,
I'm using Joseph Podlesnick's
terrific book as a guide.
(Thank you Mark Daniel Nelson! )

The first class, we started out with 
Blind Contour Drawings
of apples, coffee cups,
and various other small objects.

We then moved to timed gestural
drawings of a "model".  (me)

They all got right into it,
loosened up, and had a few laughs.

(Regrettably, the time went by so fast,
I wasn't able to get many images.)

This is such an engaging and interesting group
and l look forward to working with them!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Paper Collages

I recently bought Jane Davies' book 

These are a few small cut paper collages 
done as one of her exercises. 

 I keep a box of small shapes 
of different papers
(left over from other projects)
for just this reason.  

A new way of looking and thinking,
for sure. 

I am working on new lesson plans 
to teach soon. 
Will keep you posted! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Landscape "Impressions"

Ever since my recent trip to Anderson Valley,
I've been thinking about doing a series of small 
landscape "impressions".

The light in that part of California this time of year 
is so crisp and the vistas are breathtaking.


"Wine Country"
(4) 6 x 8  gouache 

I used a limited palette
and painted them all at the same time.
(From I Pad studies) 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Small Works Season

Preparing for the holiday 
Small Works season.

Using references 
I've been thinking about since 
my Residency this time last year in Gloucester. 

Heading Out 
8 x 8 oil 

Like I've said, 
painting smaller is just so different 
than painting on a large surface! 

I like the immediacy of it.
Putting a stroke down and leaving it.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Something Different

I had odd sizes of Canson Canva paper 
mounted on gator board last week
and this is my first experiment using oils.  

12 x 10 oil 
on canva paper 

I'm not used to painting on a white surface
and I kind of like it.
It is very freeing.

All new winter/early spring
 workshops and classes 
are in the works. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Over Working

Still working on NOT overworking a larger painting
when I go back in to fix/ finish it.   
I think I solved some of the issues on this one 
in rounds two and three,
but it feels over worked to me. 

Surf Casters
18 x 24 oil 

My best work has always been done 
"alla prima"or in one session.  
It feels more intuitive and spontaneous, 
and that's when the magic can happen, 
without the struggle. 

I think this 15 minute gouache sketch 
has more personality than the big oil
that took me a couple of days.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

California Eye Candy

California is filled with visual delights,
especially the art work in the wineries,
hotels and restaurants.

This was hanging behind the reception desk
at our hotel in Napa.

"Water Moves Beneath Us"

I looked him up and his artistic journey 
is inspiring!

This amazing painting was also in the lobby,
but sadly I didn't get the name of the artist. 

Just another boring office building in 
San Francisco. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Newly Inspired

I'm always newly inspired after traveling. 
Last week we took a whirlwind trip to 
San Francisco, Napa, and Anderson Valley. 
I took so many incredible images,
 I've got reference material for weeks. 

I just quickly did this study of the view 
taken from our 7th floor balcony
overlooking the Embarcadero. 

quick sketch in oil
12 x 16 

My first time using this product and I like it. 
The surface is almost like linen. 
Good for working out ideas.....

Our kids went to a wedding in Boonville
over the weekend so we baby sat
in the mountain house they rented. 

Phoebe 3 mos.
Homer 5 mos.

Nico 22 mos. 

A fun reason to travel!