This is a piece I did earlier this year and was based on a photo from one of my favorite cities, Charleston, SC. In the spring, I'm planning to meet with a girlfriend from California and introduce her to this quintessential southern city. So California girl meets the south. Her name is Julie Hill and is a fellow daily painter. We connected through our blogs and over the last 6 months have become good friends. We've never met in person but talk several times a day, so this will be the first time we actually met. Let's hope she can survive the humidity, southern accents and grits. Looking forward to it!
Teaching 5 oil painting classes a week has offered big lessons for me almost every time. It has helped reinforce the fundamentals as I paint, pushing me to paint either something I don't want to or paint when I don't necessarily feel like it. Several of my classes have been painting only in gray scale all week. I've done demos in gray scale, no problem. Today might haven taken the cake. When I went to the store on Monday to gather my fruit & flowers, the choices were not great but since it was to be painted in gray scale, I didn't concern myself with the color. However, today I did a demo in color. Let's just say that pink carnations, nectarines & a turquoise drape are a bit of a challenge to harmonize in a painting. Maybe next week we'll paint donuts! Oh, and did I mention, I didn't have the panel size I really needed?
Yesterday my nephew turned 11. Where did the time go? When he was born I was just barely getting back into my art after leaving the corporate world. Time marches on, things change, growth happens but thankfully some things stay the same. He still crawls into bed with me early in the morning, gently tapping me on the shoulder to let me know he's arrived, he still beats me at "Trouble" and he still talks (not grunts) to me. We've had these constants in our life since he was old enough to crawl out of his crib. I realized that it's time to start painting my niece & nephew again to capture the memories. He's just lucky I don't have a picture of him dancing in his diapers. Happy Belated Birthday, H!
It seems this week is neverending. Getting back into a regular schedule of teaching is tough but as I always say..."My worst day at the studio is always better than my very best day in my previous corporate job". Thank goodness I dropped out of the rat race! If you are lucky enough to be an artist, enjoy every minute of it. Happy Hump Day!
Here's another in a series of paintings that I've been doing on paper. This painting has an luminosity that I like but still haven't quite "hit" the mark. Somehow it is tighter than I wanted and I'm missing some thickness of paint. I'm trying to be very direct in my approach and getting the essence of the subject. Not sure I will stay with the paper but it certainly has pushed me to not overwork the subject. Any thoughts?