Sunday, October 19, 2008

Green Wind Painting Journal

Here are some pages from my Green Wind painting journal. I started this painting last May, and finished it in late August. That's longer than a painting usually takes, but there was so much going on in my life over the summer, including my daughter's wedding! But persistence is my middle name, and I forced myself to get back to work after the wedding.

Also, there were about four other paintings, plus quite a few plein air painting outings over the summer, that took my focus off this painting. Nice summer weather, combined with the insistence of my painting partner husband, often makes me want to just chuck working in the studio!

Now fall has returned and I am spending much more time inside. Back to the studio!

Check out the finished painting! Let me know if my fields, mountains and sky resemble Van Gogh's in his painting Mountainous Landscape - View from St. Paul's Hospital, the original inspiration for this painting.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Palette Scrapings

These are the scrapings left on my palette after my last painting. I think they are more interesting than the painting itself!

Friday, March 07, 2008

My New Art Studio

My youngest daughter left the nest recently, and I inherited her large and spacious bedroom for my art studio. I have so much room! It makes painting so much easier.

Here is the painting I blogged about when I was drawing it out with charcoal on the canvas. It's almost finished now. I only have a little more work to do on the sky. It took a lot longer than I expected, because of an unwelcome flu bug, and the job of moving my studio.

But now that I've gotten through all that, I guess there is a silver lining in the empty nest!

Click here to read the whole story about this painting.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Technique - Charcoal on Canvas

Bats, Butterflies & the Wind - 48 x 60
I am drawing directly on the white canvas with vine charcoal, and it is a really intuitive way to work. If I make a mistake, I can just wipe it off with a little square of shop towel (I buy the blue shop towels from Home Depot). This way, even though I have done a rough sketch in my sketchbook, I can transfer the idea to my canvas without any grids or mathematical formulas. I hate doing that. And, I can alter or change anything that isn't working.

This is the first time I've drawn directly on a canvas. It's been coated with about five coats of gesso, and sanded once, but the surface is still rough, but not so rough that it eats up the charcoal.

Here you can see the whole painting, and the charcoal up close.
This is some of the reference material for this painting: Bats, Butterflies and the Wind, the fourth in my Power of the Wind series. You can see another painting in this series here.

This is a view into my studio, with this painting on my easel.