Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 48

Project 3 in my acrylic class.  Another perspective on the farmer's market, without an underpainting and trying to be more impressionistic.
Fall Market

Sunday, November 20, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 47

For our project in Painting I we took a complex scene or a person and initially did black and white acrylic.  The art term for this is called Grisaille.  it can remain in neutrals or be used as an underpainting.  My approach was as an underpainting.  So below, I have the initial black and white and the finished color version.

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Fall Market

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 46

My friend,  Linda and I had a great morning painting at Somerset Park.  A couple of quick watercolors were the result.

Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 45

I thought it was too cold and windy to paint outside today, so I played with watercolors inside instead.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 44

Unsuccessfully tried to do this in the style of Renoir.  Very challenging to attempt his blurred, blended style.
Swing Dancers

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 43

In my Painting Class we were asked to take an organic object (I chose a flower) and represent it using at least 8 influential artists in various art movements.  See if you can identify the following in this painting:

Classic (realistic style)
Impressionist - Cezanne, Manet, Monet, and Van Gogh
Modern - Warhol
Artistic Differences

Monday, September 19, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 42

The river at Waterworks Park.  I dressed like it was fall, the temps were like summer.  I wilted early.
Things never go that well when I am hot and uncomfortable.  And the little black bugs called
"no see 'ems" don't seem all that affected by bug spray!
Waterworks Hint of Fall Color

2016 Daily Painting Day 41

Using the exercises for mixing acrylic in my Painting I class at Drake we were asked to tell a story.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 40

Well another attempt at painting white flowers.  Too bad about the background, heh?  Well,  it's still good practice.  And the shadow shapes have to be loose but more believable in the white flowers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 39

Trying to use negative shapes to paint white daisies and get the "essence of flowers" - Charles Reid, without painting every flower.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 37

In the rose garden at the art center with Dianne.  Oh why, oh why can't I stop sooner?!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 36

First attempt the blue shadow overpowers things and is too harsh.   My friend, Dianne suggested I scrub it off but that just gives a muddy look to the piece.  So a quick reattempt with a middle value shadow.  OF course then I went crazy on the tablecloth!

Threatening shadow
Pattern rhythm

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 35

I have to say it is a lot harder to apply what we saw in the workshop, than you would think.  They make it look so easy!  Quick study of peonies.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 34

I attempted the pink flowers again.  Colors are clearer - but too varied and all the same value, I fear.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 33

The last day of the workshop he demo'd a beautiful spray of dogwoods.  He makes it look so easy!  To be loosely impressionistic and still in control.  Here are a couple of feeble attempts at applying the principles he taught.

The best part of the workshop is that it got be excited to try to work with watercolors again, and to do value studies.  As instructed, by every instructor, yet a disciple that has escaped me so far.  So  - to try for 30 days, I am attempting a value study each day to start to build the habit.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 32

First was a quick study to try the principles we are learning.

For the Second one, I thought I had a plan.  I did a value study.  Unfortunately, the value study was more successful than the watercolor.

Try 2 - well time to give it up and go to bed!

2016 Daily Painting Day 31

Every since I issued yesterday's post I have been shaking my head at myself.  For a portion of my career, I consulted clients with large computer systems on availability.  We had clients who spent significant amounts of money on tools - with no plan.  One of the experts in this field that I worked with was a soft-spoken southern women with a drawl.  She would shake her head and say," a fool with a tool is still a fool."   So my viewfinder investment does me no good if I am not willing to invest in "a plan"!

I have really enjoyed the first two days of my Watercolor Workshop with Sterling Edwards.
Although  I thought I had a plan....well.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 30

Every instructor has emphasized the benefit of doing a value sketch and a thumbnail before committing to a composition.  I have included the modifications to yesterday's painting, not because it is an improvement, quite the contrary, but because it illustrates the frustration you experience without doing this planning in advance!  So tomorrow when I go out with the local Plein Air group, I'm going to try to take the time and do this!  Saves redrawing things twice and still having a very bad composition.....sigh.  

Also, they have recommended using a viewfinder as well and I have been using an empty slide haphazardly to do this.  So today I sprung for an upgrade on Amazon.  Now I need some discipline to use it!

Lily Lake (Modified)
  I also made some unsuccessful modifications to this watercolor from last week on the bike trail when I had a meltdown and left early for much the same reason!  Lack of planning!  I can be pretty dense!

Bike Trail Bridge

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Daily Painting - Day 27

Oh why, oh why, can't I stop before I have a muddy mess?!  Sigh.

Marina at Red Rock

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 26

Finished painting from Maffitt Lake outing with Dianne.
Maffitt Lake

2016 Daily Painting Day 25

Well, we picked the hottest day possible to check out the Ledges for painting.  Views are wonderful.  It was so hot I did not even finish onsite.  Which is a huge disadvantage for details.  So added some lights and calling it done, for now.

Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 24

Tried to adjust the second painting from my Village Folk School Workshop in Bentonsport.    The focus of the day was dark and light shapes.  Trying to create the landscape with detail only where it counts.    Not the best execution of the approach, but will keep trying.

Street View in Bentonsport, IA

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 23

Today I finished the still life from last week's Volumetrics class done with white alpha and charcoal pencil

Monday, July 11, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 22

My friend Dianne and I headed to our workshop a day early to explore the area a bit, and get a practice session in before we started.  We ended up in a town called Bonaparte along the river past where we had to drive to the next day.  Since I was doing my first Plein Air workshop in oils, it gave me a chance to get used to my set up and the process of working outdoors.

As we were preparing to wrap for the day, I released my painting from the clasp on the easel, it fell onto the palette getting paint on it and toppled off with my thinner landing on it.  Kind of trashed that effort.  Here is what I tried to salvage after getting home.
Bonaparte, IA

2016 Daily Painting Day 21

This is my painting from the first day of Plein Air Workshop at the Village Folk School.  Great location for the morning oil demonstration and an afternoon of painting.  

I attempted the same subject as our instructor, John Preston, selected for the demo,  from a slightly different angle.  

Bentonsport Riverview

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 20

So the last day of the workshop we are at the Arboretum.   This was my favorite demo of the session.  It got me jazzed up to try oils in my next workshop.  (Of course, he makes it look easy - which it is not.)  I know that to be true because I tried a similar view to his demo in pastels - and well, there you have it - not so successful

Japanese Garden

Monday, July 4, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 19

Day 2 of the workshop with John Preston went by in a flash.  I was glad I had purchased some paper on our travel over that I could  use.  Definitely reduced the frustration level!  The wind up on the bluff made me grateful that I brought a jacket.  A great pastel demo and view to enjoy while watching it.

After having dinner last night overlooking the Mississippi, I realized a person could spend a lifetime painting the same view of it.  While I sat there and watched the dramatic changes in light and color of the river, I don't think you could ever run out of subject matter.

So it was fun to again paint the river today, although I got very distracted by the tree reflections and road, so they are the feature.

 Reflection Road

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 18

Thursday was the first day of our Plein Air Workshop with John Preston, sponsored by the Mississippi River Art group.  Great demo, great location, great group of artists and the weather was perfect!  Our location was at a convent that overlooks the Mississippi.  Awesome!

I struggled with my materials and got a little grumpy despite the perfection of the day.  (I know a poor artist blames the tools!)  Well, I had bought a roll of sanded paper that was much more affordable than the sheets and had tried to flatten them out, seemed to have success and had taped them to my drawing board.  However,  as soon as the paper was untaped,  it rolled right back up smearing my pastel drawing completely!  Frustrating!  When I got home I tried to flatten it by laying it on glycine (to keep from trashing the drawing and my ironing board completely), sprayed the back, with water,c ironed the paper and flattened to dry by weighting the paper.  If I tried to eliminate any of these steps.   Boing!  It rolled right back up.  But this seemed to have worked

View North to Dubuque

View South from the Convent Bluff

2016 - Daily Painting Day 17

This week was a fun time heading back to a workshop in Dubuque.  Our trio for the trip was "a man down", and we missed her, but still had a fantastic time.  Our first day we planned to go to a place I found online.  The pictures looked great, but google maps failed us.  Happy accident however, when we discovered a place called Findley's landing.  So even though we were delayed by our wandering, we got to warm up for the workshop by doing a quick study.
Findley's Landing

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 16

We were a small (3), but mighty group today for the Monday Plein Air Group here in Des Moines.
This is before the rain came....probably add more detail later.  Wonderful to work with color again.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 15

This is the third project from the workshop.  White Charcoal and Alpha on black paper.
Sandy's Hike

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 14

Completed the second project from the workshop I took this week.
My Space in Nature's Space

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 12

Today it was a beautiful day at Gray's Lake, windy, but beautiful.

2016 Daily Painting Day 11

This is the last project from my Painting with Pastel class.

Scattered Weeds

Friday, April 29, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 10

Not the nicest day to be outside painting.  I fear it is not going to be a good year to enjoy the lilacs.  They seem to have been hit by the cold.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 8

It was back to Waterworks Park for the Plein Air group today.  Due to the forecast of rain, we were a small but mighty group (3).  It did start sprinkling so we had to pack up early.
Spring Path