Monday, September 29, 2014

Paintings for September

Paintings for September 2014
I've been painting bigger paintings this month getting ready for a show in November.  I'll list the sizes on the archive page.  Below is a collage made from "ipiccy" which is an editing program that is fun to use for making collages.  There are still quite a few of the 6 x 6's.  I didn't make the 30 in 30 this time, more like 16 in 30. 

My goal is still to learn something new everyday and keep painting. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Use of Photos in Paintings

Photos for Paintings
This is probably an example of the type of photo NOT to use for a painting.  
First, is was taken while speeding along the road.  I don't think we could even slow down.   Second,  even with zoom feature, it was hard to see.  You could argue that this photo prevent you from doing too much detail.  You can see why I used the blue-green background. 
Anyway, if I can get a photo of a cow or a sheep, I try my best to do it. 

I used this painting for my 30 in 30 challenge.  So many artists signed up for it this year.  Here is a link to the website.

I am  already two days behind. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Edges - continued

Edges - continued

I meant to include these photos in my last post on edges. Carolyn Anderson talked about edges in her interview on AMO blog radio.  She mentioned something that I had to try which was to paint outside of the edge or inside of the edge not up to the edge.  Of course, I had to try out this approach.  If you google to her website  you will see Carolyn's lovely work. 

She suggested doing the drawing like a charcoal drawing, but using a wash which I thought was a good way of looking at the start, using shapes, rather than lines. 

When I apply something new,  I go back to basic shapes. 
There is some heavy paint done with a palette knife. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Baby Gifts

Idea for Baby Gifts

I think these little paintings would make nice shower gifts for babies.  The main reason is that art is so lasting.  I am hoping that the children who receive the paintings will hold onto to these memories from childhood.  I like to imagine that a little painting like this will become a treasure later in life.  Maybe I am too sentimental about this. So that is why I paint things like baby dresses, baby shoes, gift boxes, rubber duckies and I hope to come up with other ideas. 

It reminds me of a friend's idea of giving her granddaughter a painting every year that reflects her age.  It must be getting tough now that her granddaughter is in kindergarten. 

 "It's a Boy"

"It's a Girl"
( I'll take these to Heather Boutique as soon as they are dry).

One more thing, I think it is a good idea to paint a subject many times because you learn something new every time, plus you are more willing to try something new each time. 

Awhile ago I started a board on pinterest with other ideas for baby gifts.  Click here to see it.