Thursday, October 16, 2014

Self Portrait Take 2

6 x 6"
oil on panel
That's me. I have reworked this painting more times than I would like to admit. It was really hard. Hard to look at and hard to solve. Logistically speaking, staring in the mirror and at the canvas at the same time is difficult. Assessing measurements in the mirror is a lot of fun. I am sure that some errors is measurement, value, and color may still exist but I am laying this one to rest. All that complaining aside, I will continue to paint self portraits as learning tools. We learn the most from our toughest subjects. To all of my relatives out there, relax, you won't find these under the Christmas tree. I promise.

Friday, October 3, 2014

September's Available Paintings

I may have found time to paint 30 paintings in September but there was no way that I could get them all priced and linked to my website. Turns out, due to a competition I entered last week, Art 2 Buy at DVAC, and my critique at school, I only had four paintings that needed pricing. I've listed those below with links to purchase. Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left during this challenge. I hope to hear from you often!

 August Barn

Homestead

To the Lake

Brunch

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Challenge Met

That was a tough month! I could not of accomplished it without painting ahead. I knew that having BFA classes on Tuesdays from 8:20am until 9:30pm would mean no painting could be accomplished on Tuesday. Trust me, I am beat when I get home from school on Tuesdays! My favorite part of these challenges is the chance to watch all the other artists and to learn from them. Artist Nancy Murphree Davis shared her favorite website for creating photo collages, like the one pictured above, www.collage.com. I tried it and was done in less than 10 minutes. It was way easier than Pic Monkey or iPiccy. Way, way easier!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30/30 Self Portrait to End the Challenge

 6 x 6"
oil on panel
 Thank you Leslie Saeta for hosting a 30 in 30 painting challenge. This challenge really kept me motivated to paint. I love painting but working on my BFA can make getting in the studio a challenge. A girl has to maintain her GPA! Right?

Self portrait set up
 I purchased a 12 x 12" mirror tile from Lowes and then taped a sturdy piece of cardboard to the back of the mirror for added durability. For a face forward self portrait, I attached the mirror to my easel with a clamp on the upper right hand corner of the mirror. The lower left corner of the mirror rests on the easel's left support bar. For a three quarter view portrait, I set the mirror on my still life stand to the left of the easel. Either way, I find it very challenging to mix appropriate colors and values. I need to make this a weekly habit. Bare with me, please!

Monday, September 29, 2014

29/30 Moving Man

18 x 24"
acrylic on paper
If you are ever a model, please don't move! This guy was the worst and it shows in my rendering of his left leg (our right). Actually, it shows in both of his knees. That issue aside, I really like the rest of this value painting. The fabrics and objects around him really come to life. Probably because they held still.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

28/30 Finding Values with Friends

18 x 24"
acrylic on paper

If you don't get a close enough view of your model, just paint the back of your classmate's heads. Amber's and Marina's heads are my favorite part of this value study done in black and white acrylic paint. A blogging buddy of mine, asked what brand of paint my class was using so I thought I would share that with all of you. My professor supplied us with Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paint. The white is titanium. I would guess that the black is just black because it is as dark as possible and isn't warm or cool. I forgot to look at the exact color. I have really enjoyed using it and hope that Santa brings me some for Christmas.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

27/30 Palette Knife Peony

8 x 8"
oil on panel
I painted this still life twice. The first painting (see below) was done with a brush. This painting was created with a palette knife. I think I used at least twice as much paint on the second painting. Notice how the pale green negative space to the left of the bottle's neck changes depending on your focal point. I see a leaf overlapping the blue when I look at the black area or the red flowers. I see it as negative space behind the bottle when I look directly at the bottle. Weird!

In this painting, I squished (not a good thing) the blue bottle into the picture plane in order to "fit" those red flowers in the painting.
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