Lots of artists painting faces/portraits - Jerry Points recently painted John Lennon, Carol Marine is painting silly faces, and Stuart Ball just painted Steve Jobs. So here's my face painting of a not so famous young man - at least he's not famous yet! Guess who?
I continue to paint the wetlands around Lake Tippecanoe even though I find these paintings to be challenging. The photographs are dominated by greens, even the water appears greenish in midwestern lakes, so I try to push the colors. I painted this at night and used artificial lights to brighten my workspace. As this painting progressed, it appeared lighter than I wanted so I kept darkening the colors. However, when the artificial lights were turned off, the painting looked more like dusk than midday. Any suggestions for lighting a workspace?
This painting is my entry in the Every Mother Counts Challenge. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the aid organization Every Mother Counts.
The need: Every 90 seconds, a women dies from childbirth. Fully 90% of those deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts
is training midwives in Afghanistan, opening health clinics in the
Democratic Republic of Congo and shipping unused medical supplies to
South Sudan. These are tangible, practical projects designed to combat maternal mortality and injuries worldwide.
I tried to grow a smaller variety of sunflower this summer. Unfortunately, I planted them next to some ornamental grasses that grew to 5 feet tall throwing deep shadows over the sunflowers. I guess sunflowers really do need lots of sun!
I took my camera to downtown Carmel, Indiana and photographed some of our favorite places in the Carmel Arts and Design District. It took me longer to paint this one than usual . . . I caught myself putting in every single detail instead of keeping it 'loose', or at least somewhat loose. Consequently, I had to remove details to get this painting where I wanted it to be. Now I'm happy.
This painting is my donation to the Carmel Library Guild Fundraiser's silent auction. The silent auction is part of the annual Book and Author Luncheon. All proceeds go to the Carmel Clay Public Library children's literacy programing.
The Debra Huse workshop was supposed to be plein air, but Indiana weather didn't cooperate. One of the days, we could choose between a still life, the sunflowers, or bring a photo to paint. I worked on the landscapes shown in the prior post. However, the sunflower paintings were gorgeous and cheery . . . so I painted them yesterday.
Took the summer off and started painting again a few weeks ago. Probably not a good idea to take such a long break - I forgot some important painting tips. But it's coming back now. Driving through Indiana late summer reveals some beautiful rural scenes.
Had a wonderful day yesterday with Jerry Points. Painted this landscape from a photo Jerry took at Trader's Point in Zionsville, Indiana. I also had the benefit of viewing Jerry's on-site plein air painting and his guidance and instruction.
I was going to paint the next Grassy Creek attempt and focus on adding color, tweaking the composition, and simplifying; however, this photo a boy in the front of the fishing boat has been waiting to be painted - simple, colorful, and composed.
Last week another artist mentioned she had picked up the Carmel City Guide because the dog on the front cover was so cute. I had picked up the guide as well for the same reason! I painted He's So Cute yesterday when the storms rolled in and forced us all inside.
I've been so distracted by clouds lately . . . when I'm driving. The last few days have provided spectacular cloud shows and it's impossible not to admire them. On days such as these, I need to walk rather than drive. I'll live longer.
This painting has beautiful clouds and the sea rather than the strip malls and highways anchoring our city sky.
This is an interpretive landscape. I want to paint with more color, a little less realistic, but still something less than modern or abstract. I like this and plan to continue with this approach to see where it leads.
We drove to Florida in April and passed through Birmingham, Alabama and other areas that were devastated by tornadoes shortly after our trip. Severe weather followed here as well keeping twisters in my mind.
A geographic representation of hilly farmland painted from a photograph strongly edited to eliminate most buildings and roads. This painting may not be finished yet so I wanted to take this photo before I added additional detail.
March 2011 - Going smaller - 6 x 8's now. A painting of Mount Kilimanjaro was on the front of a clothing magazine. I could clearly see the brush strokes so it looked perfect for practice. My copy is above.
March 2011 - Went to Arizona to visit my parents. A bobcat kitten had climbed to the top of a saguaro cactus and lounged there for awhile. Then mama bobcat demanded he climb down. I didn't have a photo so I painted this from my parent's backyard and added a bobcat. Doesn't look quite right - I'll try it again when I have the photos.
February 2011 - OK. I'm excited to combine techniques from Jerry's class with techniques from Mary's class . . . and I painted this upside down. Also added a new color to my palette - cerulean blue. Just a touch near the horizon. Making progress.
February 2011 - Haven't painted for a while but recently learned of another opportunity to paint with an artist. I joined a small class with artist Mary Johnston. Her style is completely different from Jerry Points so I have new things to learn. I'll post a photo of "The Barn" painting from Mary's class shortly. (Posted March 2011)
January 2011 - I found this photo of Macedo's painting in a magazine and loved it. I'd like to be able to paint like this. And, since my classes are finished, I needed a new challenge. My sister gave me the idea of painting upside down in order to concentrate more on shapes and less on things. So, I turned Macedo's painting upside down and painted it. The result is in the next post.