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.
January 7, 2015 January 8, 2015
When we were at Gulf Shores we would sit around a large table and talk. People would come and go. We had the large sliding doors open and the waves were providing soothing background sounds. I used these sessions to work on a BIG doodle. I took a 12 color set of markers and just “went to town”. I worked on this piece for five or six days and just finished filling the space the day before we left for home. I wanted something fun, cheerful and colorful. I hope you enjoy my rather rambling doodle!
January 2, 2015 January 6, 2015
I have had a rough few weeks. A respiratory infection knocked me out over the Christmas holidays. I was a mess BUT then I got to pack up and head for Gulf Shores for the New Year’s holiday. We had warm, lovely weather much of the time and I was able to take long walks on the beach. I had my whole family with me and did painting sessions with two GREAT-Granddaughters during the week we were there. My mantra was “dream, laugh, doodle”. During our painting sessions we used tempura paint and cheap drawing paper. I completed this “dab. dab, dab” abstract because I wanted to do a cruciform composition and had to do something simple and mindless while I helped the girls (3 and 5 years old).
This was fun and I think I used so much yellow to represent the sunny, warm day. I was also thinking about Cezanne’s brush strokes that are geometric, broad and fragmented…dab, dab, dab. The three year old made a lovely color of mud and I got to introduce her to the color “ochre”. What fun!