Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I was on my way out to the studio to paint this orange and, as always,
had forgotten something so I set the orange and the ever-present cup
of tea on the deck table and was enthralled with the riot of color on
the green glass. So . . . of course, had to get the camera. The wind was
gusty and the tag dancing (a little bonus). I need to thank Carol Carmichael
and her wonderful blog for mentioning she had taken a David Shevlino
workshop. He's also on Painting Perceptions. I had seen his work before
but not recently so I spent a little time this morning watching his videos on
youtube. He has also produced a dvd of his own. Loved watching the way
he wields his brush.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cornered (altered) (Sold)

This is a redo of a painting posted on May 13th. Each time I looked
at it, I felt dissatisfied. I'm becoming aware that my quest for painterly
effects sometimes overwhelms the subject. If I want to continue
painting figuratively (and I do), I'm going to have to find a better balance.
I'm happier with this version.

While playing around with cropping in photoshop it occurred to me
that I don't exploit composition enough. Taking a portion of a setup
would be a good thing for a 6 x 6.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Cherries are challenging . . . there were only two that were actually red.
Trying to figure out what colors the others were was a matter of trial
and error and much scraping and wiping. They really challenge any
notion of what you think you know color-wise.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Bartletts

My first post in a long time . . . after the last batch, I just didn't seem
able to paint a thing! I have been painting every day, working on a
larger format and experimenting with heads, none of which are post-able.
I learn a lot (I think) but for all the movement forward, there are lots of
steps backwards.