I never seem to get to blogging. Ugh. There's a lot of good stuff happening but I can't seem to get it all into one, cohesive summary. Where to start....still in Denver! Painting full time now and have gorgeous studio space in Wheat Ridge, a nearby suburb. From a creative perspective, I'm painting more than ever, busy with my oddball "gnomes" and studio/plein air work. The gnomes have demanded more time as their popularity grows. They finally got a j-o-b which is a good thing. During the month of February, you'll find a scads of them available for purchase in the charming Berkeley neighbor at the Grateful Gnome, of course! February 7 is their Valentine's Day pop up shop too. Come by and say hello, I'll be there!
I've given up on snagging a paint buddy for plein air work and have just been going solo. I don't mind so much, brush miles and golly knows there is a never a lack of subject matter here. Just stop the truck, anywhere. :) This week I'm hoping to get out as the weather is going to be great but it's a busy week on the "business" side with supplies coming in. We will see. I did become a member of Plein Air Artists Colorado recently so maybe a paint buddy will turn up soon.
This year is off to a bang on the "event' front. In May following the Plein Air Convention here in Denver, I've worked with artist Gayle Levee to coordinate a workshop in nearby Lyons, CO! We've already got registrants and expect to fill it up! I've also been talking with artist Chuck Marshall for a combination painting workshop/fly fishing experience and we finalized all the plans this weekend. That one happens in August and registration opens on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Here's links to the two events: Paint Colorado Gayle Levee CastAwayChuckMarshall
Since I'm going to be better at blogging, I better save some stuff to tell ya later! Ha! Till then, keep paint on those brushes!
Well I've gone and really done it now. Ha! This April I will host a workshop in Denver, CO to serve as a "jumping off" place for those who have never painted and want to give it a whirl. I've often thought of my first time painting under the tutelage of Dawn Whitelaw, the impact and the importance of sharing with others. I do believe as an artist, part of my responsibility is to share what I've learned and encourage others to pick up a brush or get back to the one they left somewhere back there...
"Painting From Life: Sidewalk to Tabletop" will serve as an introduction to oil painting indoors and out. It's not all-encompassing of "all things oil paint" nor is this offering intended to hone the skills of a seasoned artist. Consider it an introduction, dipping your toe in the water of creativity via oil paint. My hope is to spark what is stirring inside creatively and offer a platform for your creativity to gain strength!
Wish me luck and if you're interested in joining us, here's the link for details:
Painting From Life: Sidewalk to Tabletop
As I dig deep again into painting, I'm experimenting a LOT. This is a bit I shared on Facebook recently about a little figure sketch I did.
November 29, 2018
I took this reference photo out the car window, I mean, what a beautiful image right? Figures aren't part of my repertoire generally but I could be ready to go there...So I have been playing/painting on some oil paper taped to large cardboard on my studio easel. (Why? To get it up to eye level.)
The oil paper---somehow I have a bit of it and I kinda like painting on it actually. The stuff I have is smoother than canvas or linen and it's kinda fun how paint goes on it. It's relatively inexpensive, and you can cut it with scissors and that's fascinating to me and I recommend trying some out btw. Ha!!
I sketched her out loosely, making sure to mind my distance from the surface (thanks to my obstacle stool). I made a few color notes just because I can do what I want then decided to study her outline via the background. Loosely put that in then began to look at the darkest areas...
Again, first and quickly dark notes, about 6 good strokes for definition. Then I found the mid shadow tones and replicated those shapes as I saw them. I let the lightest areas fill in en mass so not to lose the whole, working around, and with, the area I just completed in the mid tones.
A few (FEW) highlights and a glance at the clock. 15 minutes, too many brush strokes but less than 40? More time spent figuring out shape and value...
I've selected a figure sketching class to take at the Art Students League of Denver in the spring. I'm a little scared, a little anxious but can.not.wait!!