Saturday, November 29, 2014

Untitled: Nat Geo photo

I have abandoned the DVD learning-to-paint method because I did not enjoy it and the results were too stiff and heavy. Today I selected a Nat Geo image to practice painting natural scenes, but specifically scenes that are a bit abstract, vague, or distorted. I like the sketchiness of this one I have started, I will try not to lose that quality.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Landscape class painting #1

Taking a correspondence landscape painting class: involves receiving photos, DVD painting demos and 1 critique per painting. Lots of downsides to this (color is funky on screen), but plenty of upsides as well (painting where you want and at your own pace).

Really enjoyed playing with the rocks and the water. Next up is a snow scene and I just have to trust where it is going because it is not yet making sense to me.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Primo Prime Primi

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Monday, February 3, 2014

Ectoplasm- almost finished

A few more touches and this somewhat macabre item will be done. I am very interested in any comments you can share. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mary of the Sea III

Coming along, looking a bit more natural. When I exclaimed that I had figured out that the sea has never been the color I painted it in Mary of the Sea I and II my Darling told me the sea is different on each of the 365 days. Yes, I said, I can can believe that. But it has never been the color blue I had previously painted it. Thank you National Geographic for providing my new photo references.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mary of the Sea- II

 This is coming along much better now that I have a color chart with every tube I own. Along with the color chart I wanted to start doing practice painting from photos, which would help me learn more about painting the natural world: water, sky, trees, etc. But I cannot help but paint my own ideas since I have limited painting opportunities. But committed to creating mini color charts for all paintings I do from now on so that I can re-create effects that get botched or accidentally painted over. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Every tube I own

What does one do when one does not know a lot about color and wants to make colors in methods other than luck? Answer: complete a scientific study. Here is every tube of Windsor & Newton I own crossed with every tube of Windsor & Newton I own. Wow, I am a really dry writer. Maybe (gasp!) I will learn something about the nuance of color/hue/pigment in the process. The most important thing I have to say in this post is that THIS CHART TOOK 3 DAYS TO MAKE. AHHHHH. But  it has already paid off in helping me memorize oil paint names. While reading a rather sophisticated article that prodded the reader to check out how cadmium red medium and burnt umber interacted in a painting I was able to scratch my chin and say "yes, yes, I see." Actively seeing color in an informed manner...priceless.