No, no I haven't lost count again - I've had a painting request!. . . an old high school friend asked me to paint a photo of his two boys.
Sight unseen, I was a little nervous - a self proclaimed fish out of water around painting from photos and painting people - but when I got the photo, I thought how charming! So, even though I don't normally paint from photos and I pretty much don't paint people and sure, there are few things I could improve upon here (but isn't there always?) I loved doing this because it made me go WAY outside my comfort zone (much like aforementioned flappy out of water fish).
The tree and the color around the blue glows a bit more in real life. . . fyi.
Not sure if this one is for sale or not - I have to ask if the dad who requested it likes it first. . . I'll let you know.
The cropping of this piece is no doubt inspired by my hours of hedge trimming (okay, one hour, my attention span for all things other than painting is not so long - unless you are a porch in need of painting which by the way is also still a work in progress, I am stuck on the railings).
The painting looks a lot better than the shrubs. Trust me. I should stick to what I know. And right now I know I need a chainsaw to finish what I started outside.
Since I'm not taking a vacation, I figured I'd try my hand at painting from a (vacation) photo - As we well know, I'm not a fan of painting from photos. . . but everyone else is doing it! Click here to purchase $100, paypal, 6x6", $100
When I find a combination I like while doing the 6x6" panels, I try to translate it to a bigger canvas - this one is 9x12". After yesterday's painting I knew exactly what I wanted to paint today when I woke up. I'm working on a little 6x6" now too but figured I'd post this for the daily painting.
I did the biggest painting project of my life today. 14 FEET - okay, I give, it was my porch I painted, well stained it, actually.
But that was only after I finished a 24x24" first thing this morning. So, after a full day of painting things, I guess it's no wonder I accidentally almost centered the tomato paste can on this daily painting.
Other News: painting in Hingham Square tomorrow, swing by at noon to see the work in progress, I'll be behind, beside or in front of White Magedelena on South Street.
Recently (yesterday) I rediscovered Cadmium Yellow Light. . . Mind you, I've been pouring it out every single day, it's what I use for my cool yellow. But what I have been noticing is the puddle it still intact at the end of my painting session. After my Alizarin absence day, I decided I will no longer neglect a color.
I was asked of the colors I use. . . I only use six plus white, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue (green shade), Phthalo Blue (green shade) and Titanium White. . . I would recommend Lemon Yellow in place of Cadmium Yellow Light, but I've had a hard time finding it in acrylic.
SOLD I can't believe it - after all these days of outdoor painting, I came inside and with my nice controlled lighting situation, wouldn't you know it? I totally changed the morning painting when the afternoon light came in!!! Obviously, I like the chase.
I would not want to live in a world without Alizarin. I forgot my Alizarin today and it was like learning how to paint all over again. From now on, I'm keeping a tupperware container in the back of my car with extra paint. I think. Unless anyone knows about hot temperatures and a reason I should not do this. I also misplaced my blank panel, I thought I accidentally mailed it at the post office on my way to paint. And then, I realized, I had already put in on my easel. Oh, how we laughed (with me? at me?).
This in the house, out of the house business is confusing - I'm not sure but I don't think you can think of still lifes and outdoor painting the same way, can you? I try to imagine lawns as fabric. . . and houses as ceramic jars. . . you can see my confusion.
A bag of new fabric, a glowing pot and a pesky hydrangea. I also painted outside at White Magdelena today. While I was painting one scene, I looked behind me and saw exactly what I'll paint next weekend. . . !
Brie, asleep on her velvet settee. Nestled with two pillows at her bottom and a blanket under her head, there's a squeaky toy in there somewhere, or an oven mitt or even more likely her favorite pair of argyle socks (don't ask - they're clean I know you're wondering but are too polite to ask).
This is my demo from today. I've done lots of computer demos, but not too many painting. The real difference between computer demos and painting demos, there is NO undo button. Command-Z (ctrl if you're PC) does not work no matter how many times you press it in your mind.
Little known fact, I also press my pretend Command-Z button a lot when I'm cooking - also does not work.
Anyhow, I should explain the title. I'm naming this painting after the precious, gray standard poodle with pink ear-bows at today's stunning location, named, you guessed it, Monet (the dog, not the location).
The workshop I've been looking forward to assisting all summer is now over. I had such a fun time - and met two DELIGHTFUL new painters and had a great time reconnecting with others.
The Glades, INSIDE one of the cottages, yes, yes, I yammer on about the beautiful views and ocean and what have you BUT what I haven't mentioned is the interior of the cottage I love. It has a variety of chairs and that green painted wood floor that only cottages have I could paint it all day. . . oh, I did.
This chair needs a back leg, don't you think? I forgot, in today's critique we decided I needed it, but I haven't put it in yet.
I would like to congratulate some of the daily painters on the DPO site for their endless willpower while painting donuts. I would not, could not, paint a donut. I would eat it.
Let's face it, I might never paint a cupcake either.
Really, who would I be kidding, I'd go to the bakery, buy three cupcakes (because odd numbers are very pleasing) get home, set up said three delicious cupcakes and, because odd numbers are pleasing, as previously mentioned, promptly eat two. Ah, ha, odd number ONE! Ooops, only one now left, looking lonely? I am a humane cupcake owner, I would eat that one too, put it out of it's misery.
And probably all before breakfast. I love frosting that much. I would love to paint baked goods, but I know better.
They look like they want to talk each other. . . but that one w/the blue seat just won't.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Sidewalk Sale - after the sale, I headed out to watch the Illumination of the harbor here in Hull. Follow this link for a stunning photo - I hesitate to put the photo directly on the blog for fear of infringing on the copyright but it's worth the diversion to go to the site.
There are only a couple of spots left for the workshop this week. We are painting at the Glades one of the days, need I say more? Email Page if you want to come - firstname.lastname@example.org