It was kind of hot today…and I was feeling a little lethargic…got a very late start…but I’ve been reading and thinking about the benefit of practice and so I did not want to let another day go by without doing something…Yesterday we went to the galleries at Bergamot station and I have ideas for some other stuff I’d like to try…stay tuned.
Finally, a morning painting…
Just a couple days later…and looks completely different! It’s time consuming to photo these, especially cuz when I see the photo I decide I need to re-paint certain areas and then I have to shoot it again and then the same thing happens and then…
I didn’t have long again to do this as the sun was moving rapidly off my porch. I had seen a small yellow vase and acid green coaster in the Goodwill on Saturday…$1.99 each…and even so…debated…so I had to go back yesterday to get them because I really did think they’d be fun to paint.. and they were…the shadows made the vase look kind of green too. I’ll include a quick sketch I did to get started. Then I decided to mess with a small easel I had in the studio that had been gathering dust because I thought it would make it easier to get closer but really when painting this small, closer isn’t better. The top panel holder piece came off–it’s not supposed to—ah, the tribulations of painting when the light is so fleeting. One day, I will start before noon…I know, I’ve said that.
BTW–why am I doing this(painting small and as often as I can manage at this point)? It’s an attempt to stay connected to painting in a way that emphasizes the study aspect…the “getting better and better” at making color choices, strokes, decisions, etc. As I was telling my lovely breakfast companion what my teacher Steve Huston had told us: consistency over intensity…or what Mike Lip-something or other said in a CD he sent in the mail…”You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going!” Words to remember when one has Virgo Rising.
Thought I would try it again a few hours later, and I’ll wait until tomorrow to post this one from the same day as the one before. I like the backlit affect as the sun is going down.
The sun moves pretty fast in the afternoon. One of these days I will start before noon!
Another shot at the view with the porch and a plant on the table…the challenge…oh, and here I went and fussed with it…2 more times and re-shot it…maybe I should’ve just left it alone, but I didn’t and here we are…the challenge being to simplify all the info and get the values right…well, there’s always tomorrow; one hopes so anyway!
I’ve tried this many times, but not from this distance at this size…it’s something I’ve been wanting to do lately…the dark vase against the light aerial perspective view. I’m ready to try it again, maybe tomorrow?
This was done from what turned out to be one of the photos that worked for a painting from my San Fran trip. I like the pinks in the shadows and the slivers of light peeking through from around the corner, the dark alizarinish tree with a pink blossom tree next to it.
From a lovely photo taken during a trip to Barcelona by whoever was with the lady in red… that inspired me to make it into a painting…I love the contrast of the red with the neutral background, the feel of sunlight, the way the face blends in to the sunlit wall…the shapes of the dress, hat, plant…an aesthetically pleasing timeless moment in time.