Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Projects

After posting my beach photo I finally dug out some of my black and whites that I have been saving to color. I really enjoy the process and final result of the photos but it is hard to get started because it takes so long to get to a point where you see results, anyway it is for me.
I cleared an area of my worktable and decided I could do two things at the same time. I am writing this so I will have to follow through!!
Here are some fun jewels to look at while I start my new photos.

On my face was a big smile
when I looked at that sparkling pile
and I knew without fail
if I was offered the sale
I would have traded off Manhattan Isle

What is it about sparkly things?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I was looking over some photos to post on my blog when I came across some of my hand colored black and white photos. One in particular caught my eye. It was a photo I took in Gloucester, MA. at Good Harbor Beach. It was a day in late fall when the beach was deserted and cold.
I love the colors you can create with the thin oils used for this process. It is a test of your patience but worth it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Museum Day

Several of the "Pieces" and myself spend the morning at the Vero museum. We went to see the 19th Century Marine Artist exhibit which was really wonderful. I grew up in Gloucester Ma. and had always been exposed to that kind of art but had forgotten how truly beautiful it was. The colors the "luminostiy" of the paintings and the way Bradford and Lane captured light, fog, sunsets and water were inspiring.
They also had an outdoor exhibit of sculpture, "Food For Thought" by Luis Montonya and Leslie Ortiz. That was playful and whimsical.
Seeing all these wonderful pieces just brought to mind how varying and creative the human mind is.

Monday, February 8, 2010

First Workshop Jitters

The day is finally here
time to face all of our fear
even though your quite faint
remember...it's just paint
grab your brush, go forth and smear

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Still in Workshop Mode

The workshop has still not worn off. I had several days of downtime with a really bad headcold but as soon as I felt better I wanted to try another portrait of the same person. I am still working on it but was happy that I seemed to retain some of my "lessons learned".
I really tried looking at her face as shapes not eyes or a nose and I turned my canvas upside down and on it's side a few times. It is a wonderful excercise.
I am posting the portrait from the workshop and the still life. I am a slow painter so getting these done as much as they were is an accomplishment for me.