Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This start of a painting was inspired by a BBC documentary Don and I watched about Helen Duncan and whether and how she could produce the appearance of ectoplasm during a seance. The subject will generally be about how we determine what is real or not real and the fine line in between depending on where you are standing. The first image is useful to capture what the painting looks like now, the second I kept as a tongue-in-cheek because "orbs" appear in the photo :P
Saturday, August 24, 2013
And, here is where Mary of the sea is now...
Friday, July 12, 2013
Liz has a great voice and technique for taking the class into a series of meditations and exercises. She challenges us to create with our authentic selves and to peel away the constant judgement that usually accompanies the artistic process.
Thank you Liz, I gained some new tools for my own art practice.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I have no idea what this is or will be.
My partner and critic would like me to add the following mystery quote to the painting: "Where the rocks open widely, the sins of men may be pardoned" The Archangel Michael, 490 AD.
I decided to go with the flow and turn what was looking like a lamb-mountain into a lamb-mountain.
It is interesting learning how to paint ocean water. On seeing that there is something not real enough about what I have painted I try to imagine what I have experienced something to look like. I have also learned that while the romantic idea of a single brush stroke lending realness to a subject is attractive, it is by no means an obtainable reality to the unlearn-ed (if even to the learn-ed, I have no idea). It only matters if I am heading in the right direction, and that I do not quit early out of fear.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Fourth layer: my greatest critic asked for more shadowing. I took some risks and I really like the affect. Now she does not resemble Wilt, Wanda, or Frida. Sunday was my first frenzied painting day in a long time.
My partner Don and I took turns gilding and it was difficult but rewarding.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
It’s the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
I did a sketch of this image I woke up seeing, and it turned out well so here is the progress of the painting. My wonderful partner Donnie pointed out how many iterations of one work are created by serious painters and I concur. However I used to think that if I happened to create something good that it was a total accident and I would never be able to replicate it- hence starting a final painting as the first step. Moving in a good direction now- sketch then paint. Also, by version 3 I was using proper lighting to paint. I will get those and other basic facets of painting down pat someday ;)