While my collarbone was healing I worked on one of my abstract paintings. I have thinking about color theory and trying to create abstract paintings that use primary and secondary color schemes. For this painting I used yellow, green and blue. It turned out pretty well but I haven’t decided if I like the granulated areas. The wheels are turning!
April 24, 2015 April 25, 2015
Again I have been Missing In Action. On January 29, 2015 I broke my collarbone. It was a bad break and was in an area that is slow to heal. I’ve had problem with painful muscle cramps that ran all the way from my hand to my neck. It has been a tough time. I am just about ready to return to normal life and hope to be released by my orthopedic physician on May 5th.
I have been coaching a friend of mine who thinks she is not very artistic. The artist Mordecai Rosenstein was artist-in-residence at her temple and gave away these drawings to members of the congregation.
My friend really wanted to do a painting of this drawing (she owns a Rosenstein print and an original) so I transferred the drawing to watercolor paper and set her up with paints and brushes. She first used markers to do a color study.
We talked about some problems like the very dark center and she used colored pencils and a smaller copy to make adjustments. I like the above study because you can see her notes and samples around the edge of the paper. Here’s round 2.
Then she started painting. It took several weeks but it is finally finished and it was so much fun to do together. A real work of friendship. It is good to be back!
January 29, 2015 January 29, 2015
I just realized I never posted my abstract Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. This painting was completed in December, is on 140# Arches CP paper and is 14″ X 18″. It was a challenge to paint but I was happy with the results. It feels balanced and unified to me. And I like the subtle colors. I hope you do too!
January 27, 2015 January 27, 2015
Late last year I started a series of paintings using analogous colors. I started with yellow and orange and used the process I use for my abstract paintings. My intention is to learn more about color theory and mixing colors. The abstract I created is titled Harmony in Yellow and Orange because my goal is to use color in a way that creates harmony, unity and balance. Here is my abstract.
I have been interested in doing a series of small realistic/representational paintings using the same colors. Below is my sketch using yellow and orange. I did it rapidly and wanted a loose feel. I work too tight when I paint realistically and that kills the fun for me. Unlike my abstract I used burnt sienna in this work but otherwise the colors are basically the same. I tell myself: you learn with each stroke you make.
January 25, 2015 January 25, 2015
Well, a wintery mix is on the way. We have had moderate weather during the last week and it has been wonderful for me and the dogs – lots of walks! I have been working on my latest John Lovett exercise. It was more complicated and took some time to complete (especially since I was finishing the second season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix!) I have learned that I over dilute my colors. It took me two to three washes to do the deep colors in the painting. John did one wash. I tried to stay loose but it is a struggle. I think that is why I have been working on abstracts rather than realistic paintings. But I don’t LEARN when I take the easy way out! Anyway here is my latest exercise. It is on Fluid paper – 9″ X 12″ 140# CP – and I had some trouble with the sizing when I started. For my other exercises I used a 6″ X 9″ block of Canson paper which is more like the Arches that I normally use. Here it is.
January 15, 2015 January 16, 2015
I completed my second exercise and am gaining confidence as I go. I followed all of John’s instructions and then I “made it my own”. I painted a simple fish in a dark environment. I didn’t really like the quinacridone gold fins and I had trouble with the background so I scrubbed back the fins and made them a purply gray and then I flicked in bubbles. The bubbles are in a reverse S pattern and help walk the viewer through the small painting.
I am still struggling with realism but am making some progress. I’m willing to take it slow. John’s instructions are also a good reminder about how to mix certain colors. Thank you John!
January 13, 2015 January 14, 2015
I enjoy painting abstracts in a spontaneous manner and have been very pleased with the process I’ve developed and the paintings I’ve created over the last four years. I am happy with the work I’ve done recently to work with and learn about color in my “Harmony” series. However, recently one of daughters said she had a wish that I would do more realistic paintings. I actually have been thinking the same thing. It would be a nice way to expand my “harmonies” in a new dimension. Suddenly I realized that I was scared. I am afraid that I have lost any ability to paint realistically. I haven’t been painting very long (since 2007 as anything other than a copyist of photographs in calendars) and over half of that time has been doing abstracts. I have always admired the work of my fellow blogger, John Lovett. You can see his work on his Splashing Paint blog. I found two of his earlier instructional books available on Amazon and purchased them. I have completed the first two exercises in his “beginner” book
. My work is rough and I may do them again but I have a start! Here is my brick wall
and here my stone wall. I’ve learned I haven’t quite forgotten everything and that I can problem solve and push forward.