So a long hiatus, but I have a good excuse..err.. reason. I started to teach a couple of classes and there is nothing like that to give your skill set a workout! Since they are drawing and painting, I will post a couple of each. Here is a starter, thanks and welcome to the new followers and thanks again to my old friends 🙂
After teaching kids how to draw and paint this summer, I am back in the studio. I demo’d how to draw Spidey about 100 times! I got them started by teaching them how to draw everything from “Hockey” (she meant Hawkeye), Rapunzel, and my favorite, the Flying Uni-Panda (this is a thing now) . I learned Snoopy had a girlfriend (!!) named Fifi and drew her a few times. As they head back to school this week, my young artists have learned a lot and even got to use “REAL artist” materials. Here are my two finished paintings from my first week back at “my real job”.
Morning of the Third Day, oil, 10 x 20″
Webcrawler, acrylic, 12x 24″
Aim small, miss small. This painting is 5 x 7″, so as important what to leave out as to leave in. I am reading Carol Marine’s awesome book about daily painting, so maybe time to switch to a daily blog- yikes! This one went to a West Coast Collector this week – thanks!
Summer is coming! I love how the color of the ocean is changing in the brighter light of Spring- more blue, less grey. Completed this painting this week on a gesso board in a wood cradle- very stiff to paint on, but very smooth and glossy finish. Hey Betty! 8 x 10″ acrylic on board on cradled wood support.
Sold this week to an awesome collector- thank you!
Another small format painting in preparation for a larger work. Green Room, 5 x 7″
My Dad asked me this week, “How do you paint this (a seascape)? Do you draw it first? Do you work from top to bottom? One of the best teachers I had told us to work out all the details in a small drawing. Then work on a large drawing. Then start all over and by the time you paint so many of the details are illuminated that it just flows into a painting. And the seascape, that’s top to bottom, back to front. Surfer, 10 x 20” Acrylic on Canvas.
I don’t rely heavily on Illustrator or Photoshop, but you can use digital programs to try on some different color before changing your original. Here is the original version of the painting along with one boosted with the saturation effect. Which one is better? I like a lot of high saturation of color, but the softer effect is nice too. Outer Banks Beach Painting, 16 x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas.