Saturday, July 31, 2010
Working on my drawing skills... need to do more of these, apparently. At the beginning of the summer I had pipe dreams of drawing or painting the skull everyday for a month. Maybe I'll try that later, I think that would really help me get creative with setup and composition
Friday, July 30, 2010
The county where I live in Georgia, Meriwether, is the second poorest county in the state and as far as I know, the number one or two producer of the best peaches in the world. There are 3 peach orchards with 10 miles of us. A couple of which are several generations old. If you have never had a true Georgia peach, you have yet to live. They are fuZZy, soft, sweet and about the siZe of your fist. None of those puny little peaches around here. One thing we do down here is keep up with the local produce. We have peaches everywhere. I plan on painting them until I can paint them no more.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Trying to get my rhythm going. Life has been a bit hectic and I mow 3 acres with a push mower. I have 4 days to myself to paint, paint and paint some more. It was really hard to get it back together for this, took me all day to work up the nerve.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Started going back through my masses of pictures from this summer looking desperately for some inspiration or something. This piece goes back to when I first started painting and I was using house paint and some pictures of trees I took in Costa Rica. I used a color combo I painted last week. It took a long time to do, so I am pretty sure it doesn't have the freeness I really want for it to have. Either way, It was an experiment and a strange siZe and was fun to do!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Thar she blows! This is the piece I entered for the OPA Eastern US Show... I don't know if it will get in or not. My style and application are pretty wild and don't show a great deal of control... but that's me. I like the loose feel of my work, I have worked very hard for that. The subject matter is strange as well, but you never know! These guys are pretty damn good... the best really. But I feel like there is a place for me in there, but that is up to them.
After looking at the booklet from the national show, I felt like I was ready to at least start trying! This piece will be on hold until after I hear if it made it or not. If it does not, it will be the first David Boyd, Jr. auction piece on EBay
This piece is a departure for me... I painted it on a tinted background... aliZarin Crimson, instead of drawing in great deatil in pencil, I drew rapidly with the brush. I normally do not do an underpainting when I work this large, but I did this time. I also went back to some old palette knives I used to use... both over 3" long. I hope to work larger later this fall, I have some canvas over 6' wide and a couple of large trowels. This piece took several large tubes of Gamblin oils, I am going to need to invest in a great deal more if I work larger.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Finally found my groove, it only took all summer. I switched from my little palette knife (1.5") to my larger (3") knife that I used to use. My large pieces we missing energy, they were too tight even though they were loose. Things are funny like that. Looking forward to cranking out a few larger pieces for the OPA regional show this weekend with that in mind. I may be holding pieces more than usual as I feel that I am ready to participate in some of the regional shows. You can't compete if you are selling those key pieces... and I have let too many of those go!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Fresh from the photo exposition in Galvaston. I have really enjoyed working on these 11"x14" and 12"x16" panels. They are great... problem is, they need a frame. I have these old barnwood frames I put them in to hang in the studio, but not everyone is going to love barnwood like I do!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jules picked up these great tomatoes from the peach farm down the road. Our garden didn't get started this year due to the wedding, and my Topsy Turveys haven't worked either because they stink or because of operator error! I miss tomatoes and all the other great stuff we got from our garden.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Been to hot to get outside and paint. We have been on the road a great deal and have yet to get to "play" with some of the ideas I have had floating around in my head. I usually do that during the summers when I am not teaching, it gives me the opportunity to fully submerge myself in the painting without the pressures of other responsibilities outside of the studio... a time for me to be selfish and to re-invent.
Also on my list of things to do this summer: incorporate more objects in my daily paintings besides just the fuit themselves. I do love the close cropped images I have been painting, but I need to stretch it out a bit more and give myself a challenge.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This is the finished piece I completed yesterday. I did several studies in different palettes and I am very pleased with the outcome. I missed some of the subtlety in the values as things move away, but I hope to correct that. It was difficult to be subtle with a palette knife and so many values.
Houston no more. We drove straight to Houston the first time, 12 hours worth, but not on the way back! I wanted to visit Avery Island and roam around the bayou, but New Orleans called. We snagged a room at the Inn on St. James, ate dinner a Couve and roamed a bit around St. Charles before heading off. Hit Cafe Du Monde, the cathedral and Central Grocery for a mufuletta before stopping by a cemetery on the way out.
Today I few solo back to Galvaston. I was fascinated by this city. It reminded me of 2 of my other favorite cities... Savannah and New Orleans. It had a great edge to it. Some nice parts, some not so nice. Obviously recovering from Ike which brought a storm surge of about 5 feet. The city had plenty of color and really pulled me in. I had a blast taking pictures and would love to go back for more pics and painting.
Went to museums today, Houston has an amaZing museum district. Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, Rothko Chapel and the Menil Collection. I could only take pictures in designated areas is MFAH. I was very impressed... they had a ton of Clifford Still, my new favorite artist of the year. We also saw a very cool Westy, same year as ours with the history of 60's music painted on it, Beatles, Hendrix, etc.
Family illness took me to Houston, Texas last week. Of course I packed my plein air gear and my camera and did NO painting. However, I got enough great material to last through next winter. Houston is a Googie Art mecca, they never tear down a good neon sign.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wanted to play today, I experimented on an aliZarin tinted background with my usual palette. Normally my pines are based on analogous colors and are very graphic. Time to impart to knowledge into the series and to get back to the knife a bit.
Thanks to all of you who are glad to see the knife work it's way back into my technique. Got lost out there for a while.
Been going to a workshop with Millie Gosch, she has been using some Peggy Kroll-Roberts inspired techniques with us. Each small study was painted in 25 or less brush strokes. The largest piece is 6"x8", the others are 5"x7".
We have been doing a great deal of painting with black, white and gray and then working accurately mixed color/ values on top of that. It has been great. It really makes you check your colors.
Basically, it teaches you to design the painting well in gray and then stick to that value plan.
Every now and again when I need to have my brain melted I pick up Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. He is an amaZing painter and I love his stuff, but after the most thorough reading yet, I have discovered that I disagree with a great deal that he says. It could be that I don't understand him, but I think it is because we approach painting from different perspectives. Could be I read John Carlson first. Either way, our habit are different but I am sure I can learn a great deal from him.
One thing I wanted to do this summer was chart different palettes I use, although these do not go 5 value steps, I felt 4 was plenty. I also use a great deal of grays, which are not represented in these pure color mixtures. Next timeI do these I may mix my green, orange and violet to add to the mix. Maybe later this summer.
My palette consists of cad yellow lemon, permanent red and cobalt blue light. the other panels are each primary mixed with the others and value stepped down.