Monday, April 28, 2008
Fenner Arboretum in Lansing Michigan was the site for the first paint out of the
Great Lakes Plien Air Painters Association that took place on Saturday April 26. The Plien Air Painters group is available to anyone who would like to join, so please take a look at their website and come out and paint with the group. Visitors are always welcome and you don't have to have any special equipment or skill level just the desire to meet other artist and get out and paint.
The day was over cast and really cold. The water looked brown not even gray like the sky. It sure looked like it could rain at any minute, but it didn't. I was able to get two paintings done before I just got so cold and had to give up painting for the day. Hint: Always bring gloves and a hat and dress in layers.
This painting was the first study and it is 6x8. I use canvas mounted on RayMar panels because it keeps the light from coming through like stretched canvas could.
This painting is a little larger 10x12. When I paint en Plein Air I work very quickly just trying to get a feel for the subject and the light. I take pictures then sometimes go back in the studio and do a large painting from the color studies.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is the highlight of Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. Visit 82 artists' studios, six galleries, two workshops, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Sign up for an art class with The Art League School. Then stroll along the waterfront, shop and sightsee on nearby historic streets, have a picnic on the dock behind the art center, or eat in the area's many fine restaurants. If you are near Alexandria Virgina think about making a stop at the Torpedo Factory.
Early Works .
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Daffodils and Fruit
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
About This Painting:
Daffodils and Fruit 9x12x1 1/2 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. The back is wired and this painting is ready to hang.
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $135 USD
How to Purchase:
What’s good for the heart is good for the brain or so I’ve been told. As you walk three main types of thought appear: Practical, Creative, and Observational.
Practical, like "It's a long time since the I clean off my desk and sent out a news letter," sets up mundane priorities and must-do lists.
Creative, like "What would happen if I started a new series of butterflies with an abstract quality?", This gives new insight, answers problems and lays the foundation for what happens next.
Observational, like "Wow the trees are starting to bud and did I see a daffodil starting to bloom. I notice yesterday, that I have pussy willows in the ditch by my driveway. Have they always been there and I just didn’t see them until I cut down the weed or did they just spring up?
With practice, you can rebalance the three main types of thought to your own needs. My idea has been to get attainable creative benefits. A slight uphill grade right out of the studio can get things going right away. Typically, the creative zone kicks in after a few minutes.
Other runners tell me walking/running with a talkative person can derail private thought keeps you from getting into the zone. If you must go with a friend, take a four-legged, mute or in my case a cat. Now you see why I have a new stroller.I have a friend I love to walk with so I will walk with her but I will run with my cat.
When my studio work comes to a block, problem need to be focused on,I will put down my brush grab my cat and stroller and go for a run, blood will soon be checking out the remote corners of my brain. Answers will materialize like gifts and creativity will surge.
I've noticed that fresh ideas know no geographic spot. They merely appear can go in a moment so I always carry a notebook in my pocket just one of those small 99 cent ones and a pencil. I like a pencil because I can also sketch an idea if one should pop into my head, particularly on longer walks/runs. That is the nice thing about the running stroller, there is lots of rum for stuff: extra coat, coffee, note book and pencil. So running/walking really get the mental wheels turning also the stroller wheels .
"The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." (Henry David Thoreau) "Going out for a walk, I really found I was going in." (John Muir) "Angels whisper when we walk." (Raymond Inmon)
Sunday, April 06, 2008
After I had the drawing down I started putting in the base colors. The drawing is never detailed because it will be painted over.
Here we are with the finished painting.