Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 27

More portrait practice.  (Hopefully my friends will forgive me.)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 27

Was trying to apply a little of what I learned in myth recent workshop regarding composition, trees and center of interest.
Waterworks in Spring

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 26

Why DID I sign up for a portrait workshop?   More practice.  Hopefully my college friend will forgive this poor attempt.

2017 Daily Painting Day 25

Just realized I am taking a portrait workshop soon - so thought I should practice some, smile.  Since I haven't done a portrait in over two years.
Matt at 5

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 24

Yay!  Yesterday I turned in my last project for the semester at Drake.  This was an interesting project. Spanish students met with Spanish-speaking individuals from other countries.  They shared a family or cultural legend in Spanish that the students had to translate.  The country of origin for my Spanish-speaking person was Mexico.  She shared a family legend about her brother, who has a second sight of some sort and reaches out to family members when he sees trouble looming on the horizon.  In one instance he called Anna with a warning while she was with her mom were in the kitchen and somehow the fact that the call came in on a yellow phone was featured in the story.  When I researched why this was significant, the color yellow in some areas of the country can represent death.  In her story, her husband who was not from Mexico, I believe the US, seemed skeptical that there were forces or worlds beyond which we can see.
Dialing All Worlds

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 23

Rainy day here in West Des Moines, so did my first tree study from a photo.
Spring in Waterworks Park

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 22

Last day of our three day workshop.  I was very sad to see it come to an end.  I was learning so much!
Now I need to keep practicing to see if I can apply it, always a challenge.  Today was about the different kinds of light and it's impact on color in objects.  The objects he asked us to focus on was trees.  Carlson said in his book that if you are going to paint trees, you really have to know trees.   So today I realized I don't know them very well, for wanting to be a Plein Air landscape painter!  I am going to try to do 30 tree studies and 30 cloud studies in the next 60 days.  Mainly as a disciplined exercise to get better acquainted with both subjects.

Walnut Woods in the Trees

Walnut Woods Across the Raccoon River

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 21

Today we were at Waterworks Park along the river.  My second day of Plein Air this year.  Now that is a sobering statement - to realize I totally missed the trees in bloom.  The lilacs are also remarkable at Ewing Park and I am probably too late for those as well.

Today we talked about the benefit of doing a Notan as well as a thumbnail sketch.  (I actually knew what this was thanks to John Preston's workshop in Dubuque!)  Not that I use it as recommended.  I am convinced now that it does help compositionally, gotta get more disciplined!

Raccoon River at Waterworks Park

Cloud Study

2017 Daily Painting Day 20

First day of the Lorenzo Chavez workshop was incredible.  As always a challenge to try to apply what we learned.  I loved the whole tutorial on composition and the exercises he had us do.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 Daiy Painting Day 19

Carbon Project for Drake STEM Building is an effort that pairs artists and STEM students to work together on research and a piece that is based on or influenced by each other's work.   My teammate's research is on fractals, never-ending patterns and their application in chaos theory.  My response was to try to represent the never-ending aspect of fractals in nature and the universe.

I will be reviewing the completed piece on 5/2, so any suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated.

Not So Chaotic

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 18

This is the piece that was a result of all that non-conventional material process of creating 20 pieces in  10 days.
Disappearing Habitat

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 17

And the last of this bizarre exercise.
Global warming on sandpaper

Mangos and Apples on cardboard box and wrapping paper

Peppers and barren landscape on trash

Food line on map of endangered areas.

Drivers to habitat loss on honeycombed manilla folder

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 16

Almond Grove on Styrofoam

Mango Grove on Foam Packing Material

Spraying on wooden block with grooves

2017 - Daily Painting Day 15

The next several posts will be a collection of the remainder of fast pieces on non-traditional materials.
Milkweed on wooden box

Sunflower on pressed wood

Barren earth on cardboard

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 7

This is why I really should paint every day.  I just don't have the control I'd like.

2017 Daily Painting Day 6

Need to work on control - trying to use more pure color and attempting hard and soft edges - oh Charles Reid - how do you do it?!  As my friend's husband tells her regarding her efforts trying to apply what we learned from our DVD - "Looks messy!"

It truly does!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 5

The other 1/2 of yesterday's piece.

2017 Daily Painting Day 4

I am really behind in my posts.  Big (home improvement not art) projects have taken my time.
I really do want to do 28 paintings in February so here goes.  (Today and tomorrow are really supposed to be hung as one painting - but two canvas - I'm counting as 2 of my 28)

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 3

Dianne and I watched the second Charles Reid video yesterday and this is my second attempt (yesterday's post was my first)  at trying to apply some of his watercolor painting principles.    The only success I can claim is getting a little better at working with pure color.  I was reading in his book last night on his color theory coming from Manet.  So now I need to find a book on Manet and his color theory.  (I wonder if that is why I love his watercolors so much - Impressionistic approach to color.    I am having trouble with the mix of hard and soft edges that make his watercolors so dreamy and effortless looking.  SO I am going to try do get back to a painting a day for the month of February.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 - Daily Painting Day 1 Trying to Apply New Principles

I purchased a Charles Reid watercolor video and my friend, Dianne and I watched the first half and tried to apply some of what we learned.  Not the most successful, by a very fun approach.  Watch, take notes and then attempt what he does.