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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Still Life - from Leffel workshop


I forgot to post this, it is the still life I did from the Leffel Workshop at P&C. I'm not usually happy with the things I do in workshops but like this one. Yes I worked it after class, in workshops there is never enough time... especially the good ones!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Rich Uncontained Art Energy -- Sharing Art With Other Art Friends

      I had the pleasure of spending an amazing weekend in Chicago in the company of three talented painters.   Let me go back to how everything it started with these friends. We, twenty-six of us from across the U.S., had all met at an art (Carol Marine) workshop last year and enjoyed the experience of meeting each other so much; subgroups of us have found other reasons to get together and spend more time with each other. It was the art group energy we all felt!
      We follow, challenge and support each other on-line through email or websites/blogs. One member Ruth Ann Sturgill, sponsored an artist led workshop by Kyle Martin. Seven of the original group were able to attend.   It was a great, fun weekend and we added more new art friends to the group!   Poor Kyle Martin walked into quite a ensemble, but I think he had fun too!

    Another member, Marianne Von Rohr, generously invited a few of us girls to go to her timeshare in southern Indiana for some unstructured plein air painting. While there, she added another of her wonderful art friends Sally Geething.  Kristan Duket conducted two impromptu fun/funny mini workshops!!! One plein air session was finished by headlights!! Again we laughed, talked art, supported each others work and have kept in touch.

      Then this weekend, it was to be an impromptu weekend at my house for one of our group mates going through a rough time. Then another heard and wanted to come, then another.   Then I said we are getting room downtown Chicago, because my house (and husband) could not handle that much energy!
     Friday night was spent walking, talking and reconnecting. Saturday morning we when to Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art for the morning open studio live model sessions. Some painted while others like myself tried short charcoal sketches. On to pizza for lunch a Chicago area fave Lou Malnati's. Then to the star attraction the Art Institute of Chicago where we each shared what we knew, asked questions, took it all in and just wondered. We squeezed in and enjoyed everything we could, until it closed. Then onto a local annual event, my first time too, the Christkindlmarket Chicago in Daley Plaza since 1997(aka Kringle Market), - beer, wine, brat, pretzels, strudel and one of a kind crafted items.
    Yep, we tried most what they had to offer.
Our walk back was long so we stopped to have another frosty beverage. Later Kristan again held a mini workshop on the spontaneous beauty of painting with Alcohol Inks. Combining these with drinking alcohol and you really do get something fresh, abstract and lovely! We talked art, shared ideas and the next morning it was time for the others to make their 5-6 hour drives home.

     My husband asked if I/we had a good time, and I didn't know how to put into words what I felt. Until I read an article from "The Spirit Within Your Art" By Kieth Bond. He was talking about how no digital, nor print reproduction can ever replace seeing the real painting in person(we also found this to be true this weekend.) It was about another subject, but these words hit me.
"...nothing compares to visiting face to face with someone you love. There is an interaction that goes far beyond the words that are exchanged. There is a shared experience. And it even goes way beyond that..."

It really does go beyond that, it is the rich uncontained art energy we all gained!!

For Chris:

Monday, December 10, 2012

The David Leffel Workshop

Ok so I finanlly got these posted, the class was October 9 – 12, 2012.

David was such a wonderful teacher!

The morning of first day David did a beautiful still-life demo in the morning from this set-up

Sorry these two are so blurry! Here is the piece in progress and the palette for the still-life
 Then we worked on our still-lifes in the afternoon



The workshop was large, but David did try to make it to see everyone and help them as much as time would allow.

Day two started with a portrait setup and here is the palette David used and the portrait in progress.

Followed in the afternoon by our turn to give it a try. It was a great group of artist and David seem to bring the best out in each of us. I would take his workshop again in a heatbeat!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

My First Plein Air Workshop, Taught by Kyle Martin

This really shows our dedication to understanding values!

Does laughing too much mean we learned any less? Nope!
Kyle aka "K-Mart"

Sight size skech

Look at that pallette

This is what I painted from my first Plein air workshop

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Something New

Tumbling Down the River 12 x 16

OK so I haven't posted in awhile, but I have been painting.  I been finishing up some of my larger tigher pieces, so I thought I would post one. These take awhile, but I have not given up on painting looser; and I will get back to trying to get it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Supporting Cast

The gang is all here, except the orange (it was past fresh).  I tried to paint them carefully, trying not to muddy or over work them.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Red Apple and Leaf

Yep, you guessed it another apple!

Green Apple, Blue Bead

This Saturdays painting but it was too late to take a pic. The glass bead was harder then it looked, and it is something I try again later.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Glass Pear

Thought I would try glass.  I started the orginal composition and wiped it. Changed it to this and had problems with the glass then started to over work it. I think I will just paint fruit til I get it!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Green Apple , Red Marble

I'm starting to feel better, for the last two days think I am getting it. I also found that I have to clean my brushes when the time is up, or I will just want to....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finally a Start

 Last night I searched for help on the DPW site and read some tips. One was going back and doing the timed excercises. Today was the first day I feel like I did something!

Two twenty minute sessions, didn't include set up, toning, or blocking it. Now I hope can keep it loose!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

OK, Give Me Your Wallet

Painted over it!!!!!!!

Thought I would try painting a utensil (a metal knife).  When I finished today, this title would not go away. In fact I thought about cutting a slice out of the apple! This will be a !Paint over it"! I am just not getting to where I should be, any suggestion????

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today was a wiper!

Too bad to even take a pic. Well tomorrows a new day!

Apple juice?

I finished it yesterday but it was too dark to take a pic.  I like it, but can't sem to let go on the brush work!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Safe for now

retook the pic in better light, this seems better today. My husband thought this was going to be a baked dessert, ...I'll make him a cake!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gourd and wood ball

Three colors again, white, black, and burt sienna. I'm still dabbing too much, I think. Anyone?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Back to the basics

Blue black and white. Great light today, gave myself half hour-ish. I actually like this one the best, it is  closer to what I'm suppost to be doing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Little Bit of Red 2

The light was still bad, took out the material that I couldn'y see last night and tried some crumpled wax paper. Tomorrow if I can't start earlier and the light is bad, I will try a value study.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Better than yesterday

This one came out better today, I found a better medium that doesn't dry out the thicker paint.  The paint is finally moving almost the way it should, now I have to practice the brush strokes.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moving on

Ok, I started from scratch on this one, didn't finsh.  I took a pic to post it, then wiped it off!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

I'm counting these as my daily paintings

      I'm counting these as my daily paintings.  They are what I have been working on to finish them up for a show. I'm really bad at titles so if anyone has any ideas?? I'm trying different styles from my usaual here.

This one was from a photo from China this was one of the most happiest people, and had such inner beauty.
This is Em she is three and is usually very lighthearted and bubbly. She was watching a small new- walker "baby" do something where it was obvious even to Em she was going to fall. I called her name and clicked.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Calling it finished

Since I'm in the finishing mode, I went back and finished this from the workshop. I tried to keep it fresh and not overwork it, any feed back?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Starting the New Year!

Happy New Year!

Thought I would finsh a few things up to start the New Year out right!
(I now see something I need to tweek.)

I finished this drawing of goofy Katie. Her mom would have rather that I had picked a different picture of Kate to draw, but I loved this face!! I guess I feel it tells more about Kate's personality.