I had jury duty last week. Thank God I got out after 1 and 1/2 days. I did bring my lap top and some American Artist Magazines with me. So I got some work done. To my chagrin I can't remember the artist I have stolen this idea from but it was in a recent AA Magazine. And it was a female. She wrote a simplified book which inspired me to write my own. Basically I agreed with her that the most important thing an artist can get into the habit of doing is squinting. When I first started painting I wrote SQUINT on a piece of paper and put it in between me and the still life set up so I would hopefully remember once I got into painting. Here is my new book,
THE BIG ART BASIC BOOK
CHAPTER I HOW TO PAINT
CHAPTER 2 HOW TO DRAW
KEEP CHECKING PROPORTIONS
CHAPTTER 3 HOW TO DESIGN
SIMPLIFY (REREAD CHAPTER 1)
CHAPTER 4 HOW TO UNDERSTAND VALUE
IT’S EITHER LIGHTER OR DARKER (REALLY REREAD CHAPTER 1)
CHAPTER 5 HOW TO UNDERSTAND COLOR (TEMPERATURE)
IT’S EITHER COOLER OR WARMER (YOU GOT IT, REREAD CHAPTER 1)
CHAPTER 6 HOW TO CORRECT YOUR PAINTINGS
GET UP AND WALK AWAY FOR 10 MINUTES. WHEN YOU RETRURN
LISTEN TO YOUR INITIAL GUT FEELINGS; SOME SHAPES MAY NEED TO BE DARKER, WARMER, LIGHTER, COOLER (AND MAYBE IN THAT ORDER)
IF THE COMPOSITION OR DRAWING IS OFF YOU PROBABLY NEED TO START AGAIN.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I recently saw the Morandi exhibit at the Met. Very exciting. Lots of paintings that I had never seen in person or reproduced. If you can't make it to the museum I think they might have stuff on their website. Also, American Artist Magazine has a superb article on the exhibit.
They said he did as many landscapes as still lifes but only showed a few landscapes.
The thing (besides of course the serenity and meditative quality of his work) that got me was the fact that he just did what he wanted to do while everyone else was painting abstractions or whatever the "movement" was at the time. He also used the stuff of his studio.
I was going to set up only bottles to be closer to his work but then realized it was more the spirit I was after and if I like using different objects I should go for it my way.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
You know how you can be stuck on not knowing how to finish a painting and then months later it just comes to you as if it were the only thing to do, no mess no fuss? Grateful for those times!
"Blue Vase and Pears", watercolor, 4x3" on 5x4" paper. POR
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I wanted to try the same set up in watercolor (previous post was in oil). It's been raining and dismal for way too many days here in NYC. I always have a hard time seeing color in oils and was hoping that since I had worked it out the day before I could still remember it in watercolor. POR
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The highlights on the lemons don't pop as much in person; they just seemed to scan that way. I tried it twice and then tried to adjust it in photoshop. Anybody have any suggestions.
"Lemon, Lemonier and Lemoniest" 3x4inches, oil on RTsTx board, POR
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Haven't used this palette in a long while; had fun with it. I was also thinking and looking a lot at Stanley Bielen and felt very inspired. After working with these palettes for over ten years they are still new to me. The top painting has mums in it. I probably should have put more greenery in but it just didn't seem to work. POR
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I was inspired by looking at Steven Goodman's blog and the paintings he did while taking Stanley Bielen's workshop. (You can get to his blog by clicking on the link on the right side of this page; under "Other blogs to visit".) After doing the oil I wanted to do the same set up in watercolors. I've also tried another watercolor to paint the grapes darker. I'll post that one when I'm done with it.
"Granny Apple Comp", 3x4 inches, oil on board.
"Granny Apple Comp" 3x4 inches, watercolor on R-Tis-Tx board.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
These are four separate paintings. It was the best way I could figure out to illustrate the steps for the book and have a professional photographer do the photography.
So these are in the book. I thought I'd put them up for adoption. Final painting is framed. "Blue Vase" with steps, all paintings 4x3 inches, POR