Sunday, June 30, 2019

Spring Mix

I’d love to get some mastery over this new I pad of mine, but I’m impatient and want instant success. I need to remind myself that in all things there is a learning curve and I just need to relax and not be so hard on myself.
All the artists I know are self critical and I want to look at the positive aspect of that. Without striving to be better, to want the next level of understanding color, or even to see on a deeper level- without these things I am satisfied with “good enough”.
It’s not the same as being a perfectionist, but it will surely lead to artistic growth if I push myself out of my comfort zone.

5x7 on panel

My inspiration
Painted while gallery sitting at Spring Bull Gallery

Friday, June 28, 2019

Spouting Rock and how things have changed

Years ago, before the signs and the fences, we would climb up and over these rocks to see the high and wild spume that was present at high tide from a deep crevice in the rock face. It fascinated us all and is a childhood memory for my kids. 
Inaccessible today, I painted from the shore. 
8x10, oil on linen panel. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Quiet Cove

Monday was a perfect day and I got to Fort Adams early to scout the area and find where I wanted to set up and paint. I was soon joined by others, Monday’s Palette is the Plein Air group I paint with and we’ve got a show coming up in August at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, RI.
One boat I had wanted to paint had someone on board- soon the flag was up and the anchor hauled out. I was glad I hadn’t started a painting, but that’s certainly happened to me before.
That’s where the camera does come in handy- I’m not a Plein air purist who never goes back into the work later in the studio to make it a better painting.
My eyes were drawn to the deep green of the water and the reflections
This one is 12x16 on a Centurian Deluxe Oil Primed Linen Panel.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Losing the Edges

Working over an old painting sometimes is good as the surface already has some texture and color. This one was fun as I looked closely at the cyclamen leaves, just loving their shapes. And of course- those red stems! Played with losing edges along the side of the vase and the table as well as the deck railing and vase.
One Morning on the Deck 12 x12, deep cradled wood panel. $400 with free shipping inside the US

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Deck View

I’m taking an online class with Scott Conary which has me stretched me out of my comfort zone. Isn’t that the main reason that we take classes? Maybe uncomfortable, but one way to grow as a painter, and that’s what it’s all about for me.
I attended a workshop with him last summer at The Providence Art Club and enjoy his teaching style as well as his art. Please check out the link to his website for paintings rich with color and sensitivity in paint handling. Wait til you see how he paints an egg, as well as the intimate back story.
The lower painting is my first-then I went back in to deconstruct by massing shapes and turning the narrative of the cup into a simple rectangle of color. Lots of comments from the private FB group made me feel like the group critique of a class.
Can’t wait to get back to the easel- have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 13, 2019

After the Rain and a little update

The same but not the same.
Yes, this is the same image that was in my last post....except that I tweaked it here and there. I had brought what I thought was the finished canvas in our main living area so that I could look at it under different lighting. I started to see some things, areas that could have bolder color- back to the easel.

I felt good enough about the finished painting to enter it into a national juried show. Now I'm waiting. I'll let you know!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Thinking about Matisse

I've been back in Rhode Island for three weeks now and 
am intensely aware of how fast time is going by. Please tell me it's the same for you!

We've had rain 18 out of the last 26 days- that's typical New England. Not quite plein air weather for this fair weather painter.
Here are a couple of process shots of a bunch of daffodils I set up to paint from life. Oil on a gallery wrapped canvas- 24x24. Glad I took a photo because the little blossoms didn't last too long after I picked them and brought them inside.

I've been looking at the influence Matisse had on Diebenkorn after seeing the incredible show at the Baltimore Museum of Art a few years ago. Paintings and drawing of both painters were displayed side by side, progressing along a chronological line. It was an incredible to experience these two greats and see the similarities. 

I wanted to bring some of the patterns of Matisse into this painting. My nod to Matisse is the top right corner and framing with white on two sides- he loved to paint interiors looking out a window.
Happy Spring to all of you- and thanks for looking and taking the time to comment!