Friday, July 31, 2015
So what I was trying to do here was capture the awesome beautiful bright green grass. It really was this color. I think what I don't like is the design of the painting. There is a cool rusted burn barrel in the middle ground that got lost. And I know that the whitish green trees is the center are drawing your eye in and you get stuck there. I also managed to put the dark pine trees right in the middle in the background.
So what do I like about this painting? I like that sky color, and the color of the pavement. I love the bright lime green grass and I really like the stripes of green grass coming towards you. I realized that there is a very cool pattern of green grass all over the pavement that I didn't see til I was packing up.
I'll think about that ...tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
It was very peaceful painting, a few dogs walking with their humans and a couple fishing.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
So I chose the bluebird as the theme for my box. Coming here to Morningstar has fulfilled some deep longings, that I can't really explain, but I know it's God and His loving kindness blessing me. I'll post some student work next, so you can see some of their very cool collages also. this lesson was based on Joseph Cornell, an artist who made assemblages famous.
assemblage: a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.
It was overcast while I was painting this. This is a new bridge (built over the old bridge) that goes across the lake and connects the path that goes around the lake. It's a very nice addition to the area. I like the feeling of haziness I got in the background. It was hard to really see too many shapes and colors in the background because of the lighting. So I just squinted and laid down the color I thought worked.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
But I wanted to share how different it is to paint in a new climate. South Carolina is so different than New York. Red dirt, bright green grass and leaves still, flowering trees in the middle of a heat wave. My upstate new York brain is having a little trouble adjusting! My husband and I relocated here last year in September, so we missed last summer. This is the third summer we have unpacked or packed boxes. I don't recommend it! We have definitely trimmed our stuff down to only what we need and a few things we love. Very freeing.
I am so happy to be using oils again. It has been three years since I packed them up. I really love plien air painting. It is so peaceful to be outside trying to get something down on canvas. All that being said, I am focusing on basics now - looking for the big shapes, measuring to get things right, thinking about values and color temperature. One thing I'd really like to conquer - or at least improve on, is getting more paint on the canvas. I am experimenting with using a palette knife for sections of some of the paintings. I am re -reading the book Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. He is considered a living Master and a wonderful painter. Check his website out.