Friday, March 21, 2008
Cut my hair and decided it needed to be recorded. I have never had hair this short but I like it. I painted this from life (of course) and it actually looks more like me than any portrait I have painted before. Maybe I am getting more accurate -- finally!!! I have only been doing this for eight years! What I like about this painting is the natural harmony of the red-green color scheme and also the very loose brushwork in the clothing. I was going after that "Sargent expressions with a stroke" look and I think I carried it off.
I am so tired of hearing- "Oh you got your hair cut! It looks nice" What are they GOING to say... "Oh you got your hair cut- what a shame." Well... they could, but that would be mean.
March has been a very productive month for me. I began teaching a pastel class and am wrapping up an acrylics and oil class next month. I volunteered to be the newsletter person for the Black Swamp Art Guild, which I joined in Janary and I have been painting away.
This is Solitude no.3 and Solitude no. 4
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
This is my demo painting for a class on Color Theory that I taught this past weekend. The dolphin was carved by my husband and the knife and glasses are supposed to make it look like the carver will return at any moment. This is called a "still-life portrait", as it suggest s the presence of a person without showing the person. It was painted using a very limited palette of cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre and titanium white. The goal was to have the students mix their own colors instead of reaching for that tube of synthetic bright green... or whatever. Everyone finished their painting and was quite happy with it.