Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Finding Your Voice

We just started a new session 
 in the on-line class called "Finding Your Voice".

He had us all choose five artists 
whose work has influenced us in some way. 
It was very difficult to narrow it down to only 5 
so these are my 8, somewhat in order.  

Edward Hopper

Kevin MacPherson

Peggi Kroll Roberts

Charrles Sovek 

Ken Auster

Catherne Kehoe

Melinda Cootsona

Nancy Gruskin

Mark Daniel Nelson

This exercise is very revealing as certain trends pop out. 
A terrific way to dig a little deeper into 
"finding your voice"!  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Building a Painting

I've begun to work on paintings over a period of time,
which is very different from my usual alla prima,
 direct painting approach.
This is the end result after two weeks of changes....

(Untitled As Yet)
24 x 24 oil over acrylic 

Here is my process:
This is the image I used as a jumping off point.
(Once I got going I never looked at it again) 

 I put into Procreate and broke it down to this:

Then I did a quick "lay in" with acrylic

This was my first "pass" with oils.

After letting it dry and looking at it, it bugged me 
that the everything interesting was on the right 
and all the shapes were the same size. 
So I marked it up with charcoal. 

And ended up with this!

I find this way of painting very challenging  
but I am inspired to keep "just showing up!"

I haven't been posting 
many finished paintings this summer; 
a result of all the experimenting I've been doing. 

Embarking on learning a completely different approach to painting,
can be exhilirating, and daunting at times.
Days / weeks can go by before you produce anything "meaningful". 

Frustration from not having any work to "show"
and the lack of a sense of accomplishment 
creeps in and does a number on your self-confidence. 
All you can do is keep showing up
 and hope something happens!  

I hope my muse knows what she's doing. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Workshop magic

A terrific weekend workshop at Rockport Art Association.
We had a brave group of painters of all different levels,
 who were up for anything. 

I decided to go back to the basics 
with some classic exercises like;

Designing with three values 

Value to color

Two Value/ Crazy Colors

Limited Stroke 

Painting Upside Down 

This workshop reminded me of 
how much I enjoy teaching,
and as always,
I think I got as much out of it 
as they did. 

Happy Painting everyone! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rockport Art Association

I was very excited to see the recent Members show at the 
There was a surprising and delightful eclectic mix of 
representational and contemporary abstract work.

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Emily Passman

Susan Guest Macphail

Karen Rovner 

 (sorry, I didn't get this artist's name)  

 I've become more attracted to,and intriqued by less representational work. 
However, my foundation in the traditional plein air approach to paintng
will always prevail.

I'm teaching a two day "Expressive Painting" workhop 
 up there this weekend in this incredible space! 

Can't wait.

I'll keep you posted. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Labor Day Weekend

There is always one die-hard
on the beach Labor Day Monday at sunset.

"Last To Leave"
9 x 12 oil
mixed media

This was a demo done this summer 
in my Expressive Figure class. 
I recently revisited it and 
played with the shapes and values. 
Balancing representational and abstract. 
The journey continues. 

Click HERE to read my 
thoughts on this time of year.
Last year.