Sunday, June 29, 2008
Here are two small field studies I did last week. In landscape painting it is very difficult to distill all you are seeing into a cohesive vision in a short period of time. You have to work fast because the light and weather change so quickly. Also, dealing with bugs, sun, wind, rain, schlepping stuff around.... it was a great time!
Here is a photo of Villa Maria in Old Frontenac where I was painting last week. It is a beautiful site with woods, prairie, and bluffs overlooking the Mississippi river - a perfect, secluded setting. If you haven't been there I highly recommend visiting. It used to be a girl's school and is now owned by the Catholic Church.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Two more peony paintings I did this week.
Tomorrow I leave for a painting week in Old Frontenac on the Mississippi river. We will be staying at the Villa Maria Retreat Center, which has 70 acres of land and is near a large park that has over 2000 acres.
Phoneless, computerless, choreless - yeah!
My next post will be next weekend.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This is the last of the hosta paintings for now - I know I will return to them. I am most interested in them when they are emerging and have deep inner spaces. I have been painting peonies this week and will post them as soon as they are dry enough to scan.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Every morning the vesper sparrow and the warbling vireo have a singing contest - the former being most tenacious, and the latter winning in enthusiasm! I couldn't wait any longer for the peonies to open so I painted the buds... Sunday I noticed the nasturtium were starting to bloom so I was again sitting on the ground painting. I prefer to paint standing up, your body doesn't get so sore and its easy to step back and squint for values, etc. But when I paint small flowers I like to get right into them.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Couldn't resist doing another hosta, they are almost fully opened now. I have been re-reading a little book called In Praise of Shadows, by Tanizaki. In it he extolls the gloaming, murky, shady parts of our lives - love it!
This is what I have been spending a lot of my time on - and the prairie, which I will post photos of when we get some good bloom action. A strange garden year with the late Spring, everything is doing really well except the heat lovers - tomatoes, peppers, basil.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
How do you make an all green painting interesting...
When asked what is the most beautiful in art, Ingres responded "a colour adjacent to another which most closely resembles it". Something to think about.
When painting these Hosta studies I had in mind pieces that could be viewed from any orientation.
I just read "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor.
I highly recommend it - if you haven't heard of her go to
ted.com and type her in under speakers, there is a video of her that really blew me away. (thanks Amy!).
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
These two Hosta studies are 5"x 7" . I like the difference in experience between painting outside from nature, where the work tends towards looseness and speed, (previous post) and painting in the studio from reference and memory, where the work is more deliberate and thought-out.