The poetic title of this piece is from an Emily Dickinson poem about the clover blossom. I painted this with my fellow artists Mary Crowley and Rae Newell. We were all inspired by the same image, and Rae and I had very similar compositions, but each of our styles are quite different. Mary's ended up being beautiful pastel colors in a swirling, Van Gogh-like background and Rae's had a soft brownish background with her signature "out of focus" background. I thought the literary reference of them dancing in the wind was appropriate, hence, my title. Can you hear the bee buzzing over them?
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This painting is mostly in mid-values. High contrast paintings have more drama so this was a challenge. It was a bright, cloud filled day, so the shadows are almost non-existent. My darks are kind of scattered, and I am not sure it works very well. What do you think?
I felt like this landscape saved me! I haven't painted a new painting in a while because I have been framing, making new panels and getting ready for a show. I have revised a few and touched up several, but after a bit, I always feel insecure about whether I still can do this. I think this image is more yellow than the painting. It was dark and raining out so I photographed it in artificial light. Maybe I will rephotograph it tomorrow. Landscapes are pretty stress free as paintings go so this was a good warm up for me. I tried to do a floral painting but it was awful and I wiped it off. I have been doing a lot of drawing lately as I am teaching a few drawing classes in July. Now I need to transition back into painting.
This is Johar. I met her at a coffee shop where she worked in Washington DC. I was on my own visiting galleries and taking photos like a crazed tourist when I decided I needed a sit-down and cup of coffee. Johar was my server and I was not only captivated by her beauty and interesting hair, but by her presence...her genuine sweetness. This was a quick portrait, but I really wanted to capture her spirit, and her image. It worked and I got to mix some of my new brilliant blue paint into the skin tones. New paint....it really is like having a new color crayon! I am going to email this to Johar, because she was gracious enough to let me photograph her. I am trying really hard to understand the differences between what you actually see and what a photograph offers. It is a hard thing to get, but it is worth it for me because I really like painting from images I capture, especially when I am traveling.
This was a great exercise to get me back in to painting. It was offered as a DPW challenge by Claudia Hammer. I chose three values in different colors and a background color. I painted on a panel that I had previously painted on and sanded down. The colors were pretty dark originally so even with the sanding, it showed through and gave variation to the background which I blocked in first, thus removing the distraction. I started with the lightest light (Jaune Brilliant) then the darkest color in the hands (Alizarian Crimson) and then used Cadmium Orange for the mid-value. I mixed a bit to come up with the suggestion of the sleeve. I deliberately tried to keep it loose and simple.
I am back from traveling and ready to paint! This is a demo for a beginners class at the Chaffee Art Center. Everyone had a good time and some really nice paintings came out of it. I focused on creating the design using geometric shapes and how to create varying brushwork. When I do these demos I don't feel like I am painting subject matter that is most exciting to me, rather I try and choose a few things that offer teachable moments and subjects that are interesting and simple enough to not be intimidating. I am still refining how I do this; the learning curve for me seems to be infinite! On another note, I went to Washington, D.C., a city of abundant free museums and excellent artwork!
This is a painting I did in planning for the class I am teaching June 12 at the Chaffee Art Center. I went pretty abstract with the front lower and right sides, with the suggestion of foliage. I planned it out mathematically first which was different and fun. Click here for the demo slideshow.