Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am excited to be in this class! We are a small group and we have some excellent artists participating. And I am having fun even as I struggle to understand.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The photo of me in the upper right hand corner of this blog, was taken in October 2007 on my last trip to Paris. I had been in Paris in 2001 with my daughter and son, and we were staying in a flat not two blocks from the Jardin des Plantes. Since it was so close, we ventured over there on more than one occassion walking the maze, experiencing the first zoo (the Menagerie), visiting the Natural History Museum and the Hall of Gems. I fell in love with the old green house of Louis XIII's physician. I vowed that if I ever came back to Paris, I wanted to paint a piece of this greenhouse in its rosy colored splendor. So, of course, you see that I did attempt to solve how to paint this piece of history. I first did a thumbnail sketch of it and then tried to capture color notes. (not posted)
This past September I drew it out on canvas and did a value study in paint while I was doing the other value underpaintings for Kevin's Saturday class. This week, I finally had the chutzpah to try and add color. I took the painting in yesterday to see what Kevin would say, and the upshot is, I have to rework it. I do have problems painting color over the b&w underpainting as I feel like I am doing a paint by number. I don't have this problem painting over an existing painting, so I don't quite get what is the difference. Now that it is a painting let's see if I can do what Kevin suggested. Which is to determine the light pattern and stick with it, and create patterns out of the flowers. He also suggested warming up the glass in the green house (add orange) as it is too disparate from the greenery and divides the painting. I had already determined the light pattern problem and knew that my middle values were not light enough and that the darks petered out. I also felt I had changed styles mid way through the painting, so essentially, my own thoughts on it were verified. I also feel it is stiff, which I am hoping to rectify.
Here is a drastic before and after; Since I had worked on the Fall Aspens last weekend and I still had color mixed, I decided to take out this painting from two years ago, painted of the same grove of aspens along CR 50 near Marie's home in Fraser. I originally had thought to not show this painting in its original form, as at the time, I felt it a break through painting and now I look at it and go, oh my! There are still things I like about it but overall, I am not happy to actually put it out there for you all to see. But since this is about my journey as an artist and not about my best work, (obviously, "best work" is all relative to where you are at the time, anyway) I decided to post it along with the photo of me starting it on location. You will notice that I have not even set my easel up yet as I was new to being out in the field again and I was trying to figure out how best to approach what it was I wanted to say about this scene.
I tried to keep the colors true to the original, as I do remember the day being one of those clear crisp Colorado BLUE sky days with the color contrasted with the gold of the aspens. I did change the spirit of the original as I tried to make the trees more realistic. I remember that what I was drawn to was the path of light on the ground under the aspens.
I read this quote from Victor Higgins while drinking my coffe this morning "A painter never paints because he wants to paint a picture, as that he wants to solve a problem. A problem in form, in composition, design if you prefer the term, in color harmonies..." This is so true.
My next post will be about one of these problems...and whether I have solved it or not.