Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 100

Hey - I broke 100 posts this year!  I know that is not every day, but a lot more days than I was painting before John Preston suggested this.  Today's post is a rework of a painting I started in Dubuque.

2017 Daily Painting Day 99

Paint along with Marla Baggetta.  Quasi - abstract landscape.

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 98

Today I was focused on value mapping and color schemes.  I learned a whole new thing - all about gamut masking.  There is actually a free online tool.  I have been working with pastels for 4 years and  had been taught about selecting a palette.  This was a cool approach to try a number of limited palettes.  In two of them - the monochromatic and the complimentary, I was limited to 10 pastel sticks.  In the two triads, 15.  Here are my four color studies of a view of Deere Dike Park in Dubuque  I think the complimentary purple and gold one is my favorite color combo.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 97

Well I tried a different floral and had the same issue of overworking it and losing the looseness  and freshness I was going for.  I think I really do need to do some color theory exercises  because part of my issue is gettin the right value and intensity in the right place without building up too much product.  This is too orange and not yellow enough to read as sunflowers.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 96

I tried this pink floral again today.  It's not what I wanted in terms of freshness and spontaneity.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 93

Oil Paint along with Marla Baggetta.  Color on red and gold trees are too intense, but once again I have the problem of over-blending and  turning things to mud, so stopped myself.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 92

I tried to apply what I was learning from the paint-along with Marla Baggetta that I did yesterday, but it went awry.  I am going to redo this another day and be more restrained and thoughtful with the flower colors.  Right now I have a very bizarre mix of warmth and cool in both the shadow/lit side of the flowers that is not working.  I want to reattempt the with a more limited palette of flower colors.  This composition is a challenge as there is no greenery in the flowers to help break it up, and all the flowers are the same color.

Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 91

I had more fun with this Marla Baggetta paint along than I did the sunset lesson yesterday.  (If you see a dog or cow or something in it, don't tell me, OK?  LOL)

2017 Daily Painting Day 90

This is an early morning shot of Heron Lake at Raccoon Rover Park.  (Yeah, I know the sun is about dead center both ways, sigh.)  My hubby, Jim provided the photo that I did not do justice.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 89

I gotta practice clouds and sunsets!  Geesh!  Instead of whispy cloud shapes, it looks like attack of the alien maple leaf!

2017 Daily Painting Day 88

Today I tried to tweak a few previous paintings applying what I am learning in my workshop.  I think I have improved them over what they were, so posted them to see if you agree. ( I still see things that could be improved, but time to move on, even sanded paper can only hold so much product!).    The one with the red trees is a paint along with Marla Baggetta.  The other two from reference photos.  Next, I am once again going to work on clouds at sunset.  (It's like trees, you gotta love 'em,  even though you hate 'em, so wish me luck!)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 85

You know to say you are going to try to paint every day and actually do it, are two very different things!  Put I have to say, if John Preston hadn't suggested it in his workshop,  I don't think I would be painting as often as I am.  I believe what Marla Baggetta says in her demonstrations, you have to put in the mileage if you want to improve.

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 83

Completed another Marla Baggetta Lesson.  This one used an underpainting that was created by using alcohol over initial pastel application to create values and textures for the final.  The final is a poor reproduction of one of her paintings.  I also have completed two other underpainting using Gamsol and just water.  The Gamsol was my favorite, it made dreamy darks which I really liked, but would be impractical for Plein Air underpainting because of slow dry times.  The water seemed to lift the pastel and lighten it.  I kept dipping into the dust in the tray to darken it.  I would rather use watercolor paint with water.  The alcohol dries the fastest.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 82

Well I started with the abstraction and drifted into too much detail for what I was attempting.  I may retry this composition another day.  I lost the unifying mark making and colors to make this work, I think

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 79

Do you ever have one of those days, where things just keep going from bad to worse?  Monday was like that for me.  I attempted a commission that went from bad to worse, and I had toned a canvas for an oil painting exercise a pinkish red color and accidentally used medium instead of thinner and it did not dry and so I lifted the pink in the entire painting and pretty much turned it to pinkish grayish mud.
While dealing with this painting angst, the downstairs studio drain stopped up and after telling Jim not to use the kitchen sink until I got in unstuck, I ran the dishwasher and almost flooded the basement.  So I bailed out the overflowing water in time to prevent that disaster.  But to top my day, my dog Molly dug up all the herbs I was growing in the kitchen and had potting soil all over the floor.
So if you want a chuckle, here is what I got accomplished Monday.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 78

OK, 10 for a goal in one week may have been too ambitious - I only got to 8.

Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 76

Another variation, meh.  Getting to 10 may be harder than I thought!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 75

You know how when you have something glaringly wrong in a painting and you don't even see it until someone comes up and says - oh there is a cow in your river, and you see, yep, right there in the water a perfect cow shape you never intended or saw until someone said something and then you can't unsee it?

I did a watercolor at a Plein Air event, that I framed and displayed it, and right there is a big old arrow pointing to the corner.  It's driving me nuts and why didn't I see it before you ask?  Two reasons, it was misting, rainy and cold while being painted and my watercolor paint was not drying at all, which if the opposite of what normally happens, and I was so pressured to produce something for the event, I neglected to plan I just started right in, no thumbnail, no prep.  And now I have a painting that drives me nuts.  So, I am going to use it as an underpainting and the composition plan for the next 5 variation series, sans the gigantic pointing arrow!

This is after I did pastel over the top.  Pretty much an epic fail.    I would of been better off not trying to fix something with the pastel, and flipping the paper and doing a fresh underpainting and more pleasing composition.

Here's the watercolor before cropping (See what I mean about the arrow?  Yikes!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 74

Another variation on the same Marla Baggetta reference photo and interpretations.  I started with a red and orange watercolor underpainting.  I went a bit too crazy on the color, but am viewing these as study explorations.  I would like to apply this approach to some other compositions.

Variation 5

2017 Daily Painting Day 73

OK I have to say this is very fun.  I am mainly experimenting in color and mark making with the pastel.  I promised myself I would do 10 variations of this reference photo and painting of Marla Baggetta's.  Today  I planned to try to recreate what I did yesterday with an underpainting of the complementary colors to see how it changed it.  But once my underpainting dried I kind of liked the flip in colors, so just went with it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 72

At first I wasn't sure why she suggested copying her paintings, but as I am working through her variations of the same subject you start to get a sense of some of the design choices Marla Baggatta made in you series of 100 variations of the same subject.   I con't plan on reproducing all 100, but it is an interesting exercise, even to try with your own reference photo/thumbnail where composition and values are already worked out.  Maybe if you did reproduce 100 variations, a person would really enhance the abstraction and mark making.

2017 Daily Painting Day 71

Another Marla Baggetta variation study.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 67

Trying out an exercise from an online video with Marla Baggatta.  The first one is a  "Paintalong" where you follow along with her.  The four little pastels are from reference photos,  and are cloud exercises....  so this being Iowa and all, this week I plan to do a cloud series, we get lots of clouds.  It's harder than you would think to give them form, depth and an airiness.  She said don't be afraid to push the color, so I did.  Perhaps a bit too much.

2017 Daily Painting Day 66

Well, my studio has been re-organized, I have a new pastel storage system I am trying to MacGuyver together in transit and should be able to get that assembled in another week.

In the meantime, I am working on a pet portrait commission and have it mostly completed and awaiting feedback from the owner.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 65

I spent last week at a Plein Air event in Dubuque, Iowa called Bluff Strokes.  It is by far one of the most uplifting and inspiring weeks I have spent this year (and this is a year that included the International Pastel Conference that was awesome!)  I think this inspired me because I saw work from artists I painted with several years ago when I was first starting back in learning to draw do incredible pieces!  It was encouraging to me that I really could improve and got me thinking, focused and really reenergized about creating art.

I feel like I have been playing or dabbling at many different mediums, directions and approaches, by just being a professional student.  I guess I am ready to focus on what interests me and to see if I can improve and do work I would be proud to display. (which was not the case last week).  But instead of that fact depressing me, it was OK, because it helped me make some key decisions about my art.

I came back and finished these pieces two for a drawing class at Drake, and was really stressing about how far behind I was on my homework, and how unmotivated I really was to work on them.  So that was decision #1.  I withdrew from the class yesterday.  Sounds like failure, right?  But it was a weight lifted off me,   because I really want to work on producing some work in two key areas, pastels and watercolors.   I just want to direct my time and energy to producing at least 10 watercolors and 10 pastels over the next year and 1/2, that I would not mind showing because I am happy with them.

So I am cutting back on classes and starting to be more disciplined about focusing my efforts.  We'll see if this pays off.

So my first effort this week was to reorganize my studio and start my outstanding commission, an oil painting of a beloved pet.  I am excited to get these projects completed and to move on.

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 64

This morning, I tried to apply Ann Abgott's approach to color to a painting of my own using a reference photo I took at the botanical center.  Punching the colors to this extend does give a bit of a commercial art, graphic quality to it.  This was done quickly and messily - I have ordered some higher quality paper and may revisit this composition in a more studied and careful manor in the future.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 63

Today my friend Dianne and I repainted the photo that was used in day 1, to see if I could tell Dianne the steps of the approach we used.  We also worked on making a green card using our blues and greens.  I did repaint the Botanical Center painting to see if I could rework it more successfully.  Once again it got away from me.  I need to go back to better planning - especially in watercolor!  I went bolder in the darks, but not sure I improved it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Daily painting Day 62

Tried watercolor at the Social Irrigation event last night.  What was I thinking?!  Obviously did not plan sufficiently and it got away from me quickly,  I have a vision in my head, so if I get my "chores" done for today, I am going to try to repaint as I desired and will post it if I fond a way to get what I want on paper.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 61

Day 3 of the workshop.  Today we turned transparent paint into opaque.  Not my favorite look.  Very fun to go so colorful.  My bikes got a little out of hand....

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 60

Day 2 workshop assignment.  Using an enhancement photograph of the instructor we glazed, then overlaid shadow shapes in clothes and figures.

Monday, September 18, 2017