Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Feeling a shift in the way I approach a painting now . . . no longer
concerned with details or outlines. It may be time to tackle some
larger canvases and see if I can carry what I've learned toward work
that's more concepted/intentional/realized? (I don't know). And, of
course, continue with small pieces as well, but possibly, see them from
a different perspective (which will also take a brain shift).
Happy Holidays everyone!
Monday, December 20, 2010
This is an older painting I'd done a few months ago but it was too literal
to live. I saw it out of the corner of my eye on Saturday and thought
what if I messed it up or just messed with it? I had already deemed it
a lost cause so I wasn't attached . . . Sometimes it seems that playing
a psychological mind game with myself is the solution, but I've been
doing this now long enough to know that tomorrow, it won't be. I had
done another like this earlier in the year and called it "Rescue" and
wonder now if the title has evolved from a noun then to a verb now?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
And yet another panel that endured much scraping and wiping.
The mush that was left from wiping turned out to be helpful ---
suddenly I saw the painting as not 3 distinct pears, saw what
should disappear into darkness, what could just be hinted at and that
the pear on the right needed to dissolve into the background. I'm trying
to "be b-b-b-brave," as Susan Nally says on her blog and work differently
than I normally do. The goal was to lay in color and value without delineating
and see if I could make the forms recognizable.
Claire Christinel wrote some bullet points on her site from a workshop
she took, one of which was to turn away from the setup periodically.
I used to feel like I was cheating when I did, but if I don't, I tend to be
too literal and not notice what's happening on the canvas, the flow of
light and dark, color relationships, where I want to direct the eye, ie.,
the "art" part. I learn so much from visiting fellow bloggers' sites . . .
you give me so much more to think about and practice.
Posted by Lorraine Shirkus at 3:35 PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This little painting was scraped off four times, each time because it
was getting too precious. The goal was to be conscious about
"coloring outside of the lines." With each scraping, I felt the point
was no longer to get a decent painting to post, but to just keep
practicing. I stopped with this attempt because it seemed . . .
decent enough to post. :-)
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I've had such a hard time painting after doing the last two tangerines.
I always seem to start out well, then somewhere along the way, I
find myself spelling everything out. Tried to avoid that here but may
have gone overboard. I'm not sure anyone would know what this is
without the title.
Posted by Lorraine Shirkus at 4:52 PM