Monday, March 31, 2008
I have a busy day ahead but may get more done on the pears - stay tuned later in the day to see if I "got my paint on" today. What are you going to do to commemorate this last day of March?
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I wanted to do the magnolia again using a pale violet background and making the branch more green. I did that - BUT I think I got too heavy-handed with the pigment on the flower!! And now it looks like it needs a darker background to make it work. Shoot! This is one of those that looked much better in my imagination before it came out on paper.
I've gotten a lot of comments on this one on what I did wrong - and boy, I know it's wrong! haha But darkening the bg seems to be the main theme for fixing it. What do you think? Jerry said to rotate it with the branch at the top of the paper and add another branch coming off that piece behind the petal and then see if I can lift some of that blue color (too much cerulean!).
So this is how to take a lovely photo and make an ugly painting! haha
Friday, March 28, 2008
This is a postcard for the upcoming show by Sandy Maudlin and her Wednesday morning students - the show begins Friday, March 28th - today! - with a reception from 6 - 8 pm. These are advanced students so you would really see some interesting and experimental and just plain good artwork from this bunch. The show continues through April 19th so try to stop by and see the work, if you can. Where? Go to the Middletown Arts Center (in Middletown, OH) at 130 N. Verity Parkway.
Good luck to Sandy, Susan, Shirley, Kathy, Joanie, Lorri, Louise, Mary, Mary Jane, Barb, Carol and Jean!!
And I picked up 1,000 postcards yesterday afternoon for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society show. "Colorburst@Evergreen" is the name of our annual spring show and will be up from Sunday, May 3 (artist reception from noon-4 pm) through Sunday, June 15th. If your Mom likes art, it would be a great place to purchase an original watercolor painting for Mother's Day!
And congratulations to Janet Vennemeyer, Joan Ammerman, Deb Ward, Susan Grogan and Tamara Adams for having their paintings chosen to grace the postcards this year! Sharon Cranston of Evergreen Retirement Community (230 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati), chose the black background for the paintings and I think it looks very elegant.
I don't have anything specific to do today so have plenty of time to spend painting and catching up on everyone's blogs (I'm behind by days on some of them).
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I finished the magnolia painting yesterday in class, putting in the dark darks behind the flower and softening some petals. What do you think? I like it, but...
I think I'm going to do another with the same colors in the flower and a green branch with a pale violet background. I don't know why I want to do it that way, I just do!
I also started another in the Shaker Village kitchen series - this is number 6 and the requirements were
1) Value and 2) Radial Design and 3) Indanthrone Blue.
This is the first step and I'm not sure where I'm going from here. In class it was suggested that I put golden delicious apples in the white area like wallpaper - that might work.
And, just because I had the time and why not...I put a bit more color on the little landscape (Violet Path) that is on a piece of tyvek that was coated with matte medium. Nothing much, just a little plaything.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Any advice would be helpful.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I've had a migraine all day today because I slept in this morning until 9:30!! Lazy - and now I'm paying for it :( Did you know that, if you are prone to migraines, you will get a migraine sometimes from nothing but a change in schedule (like getting up much earlier than normal or sleeping in much later than normal)? Did you know that, if you get a migraine and you haven't had much (or any) caffeine before getting it that having a strong cup of coffee and a chocolate will ease it?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Then after lunch, Jerry and I went to the Taft Museum of Art to see "From Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper: American Watercolor Masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum." Well worth attending and it's free admission and parking on Wednesday :) I was writing down my favorites with my pen and docent came by and said, "Let me offer you a pencil," giving me a tiny golf pencil that was barely sharpened, adding, "You can't use a pen in the museum." Now all of the works were behind glass so I couldn't have written on any of them. I could have written on the information/title cards beside the paintings - but I could have done that with the pencil, too. I'd never heard of that before! My absolute favorite (if you get a chance to go, you must stand in front of it closely and then move back and see if from a distance and enjoy it for a full 5 minutes) was "Catskill Stream" by Gordon Stevenson. It was a riot of color and it was completely stunning in the skill he had to convey this scene. Perfect! I also liked "Deer and Cactus" by Kai Gotzsche, which was a wonderful composition and the design element in it was amusing and surprising. Great colors in the cactus to show the greens merging, too. Of course, there were works by Homer, Sargent (none of my favorites of his), Hassan, Marin and Hopper. And in another room, in the permanent collection, are some small but lovely JMW Turners you should see.
Since I've been home, I've been reading, Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland, a fictionalized account of Renoir's painting and life in and around Paris in 1880. It's a thick book and I'm wondering if it will hold my attention, but so far, so good...(this is right after the Franco-Prussian War and a dealer of art supplies refuses to sell Renoir Prussian Blue because of it's name).
So no painting or drawing for me today - but still immersed in artwork.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
And since that didn't take too long (just some more shaping and working on the shadows), I did some more work on the magnolia.
I still need to do a rich, dark, mixed color background but I didn't feel like getting into that in class so I worked on my little levitating lamb - who no longer levitates.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I'm in a slump. Tired. Jerry and I (mostly Jerry but I've helped out as secretary and mental health advisor :) have been working this week on the NACKES Science Fair that took place this morning. So up and dressed in our best with boxes of folders for the judges and other info, we went over to BEP on the campus of NKU. Then I walked and walked and walked through about 300 entries set up in Regents Hall (in heels, no less!) trying to pick just 2 students to give awards for most artistic. Usually there are 1/2 that many students and it's as easy choice. This time, not so easy. But I did it. Now home and out of my dress ups and high heels and into something comfortable but have to go back to pick up Jerry this afternoon - soon. So resting and realizing I don't feel like painting or drawing or anything.
So thought you might like to see some paintings I did that may be somewhat spring-like. It's foggy and misty and damp outside today with a cold chill in the air and about a dozen of the judges who said they would show up, didn't :( Maybe these paintings will get me in the mood, too. Or I'll spend another day on the sofa reading. Well, I keep buying these books at Borders so I have to read them sometime, right?
Like Ces and her Dishes (see sidebar for her blog), I am TARD. Maybe I can have her paint me behind the 2 of herself at the table, obviously tired...(go over and check it out).
One good thing - the drawing session through Manifest Gallery was cancelled today - not sure why since I couldn't go anyway. I hope it wasn't due to someone getting in a wreck due to the thick fog. So...we get 4 hours next Saturday to make up for 2 week's cancelled (a rarity but what can you do with this kind of weather). I hope we have a good model!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
(Once I get the minutes done, reviewed for typos and such, and sent to Sandy, she'll put the whole thing on her blog.) Several of the members have been, or are, students of Sandy and many stood and shared their words about her. I know she was surprised and beaming!
If it weren't for Sandy, I wouldn't even be a member of the watercolor society and wouldn't have benefited from all that membership has brought me. She kept asking, "Are you coming to the next meeting? We're meeting Wednesday, are you going to attend?" and finally I just had to give in. Glad I did!
(The cake was delicious!!! Thanks, Bonnie, for getting that done and thanks to Bonnie's daughter who decorated it for us.)