Central figure is amusing. Like something from Dr Seuss.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
More than a decade ago my brother cut me an album from some of his music collection. It is called simply "horses". I copied it to my music library in old computer. Fortunately. The album he cut was loaned out and never returned but each time I get a new computer I copy the music files so I can continue to listen to it. Its probably the most listened to album I have.
The blue horse in the Franz Marc painting sings to me. So I listened to the horse album and painted this quick study.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Today I tried a new method for creating central shapes. I began by marking the paper on three sides with light color. Then connected the spots (place markers) with 3/4 inch brush in same color. The trick was to vary the lines. Curves. Broken lines. Some wide some narrow. Some straight. Some angles. Also making some slight variations in the color in several ways. The object is to develop an interesting unpredictable shape.
After that its time to break up the background with other shapes and colors. i almost always use circles somewhere. And textures. At the end I do the ink outlines and white pen marks. and spatters of colors used in painting. .
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The yellow guavas are from friend Nancy's "heritage" guava tree transplanted from Hayward to Oakdale. Now that she and Ed have moved to Manteca he is trying to root a cutting so they can maintain the tradition. The green ones are from one of their new neighbors. Yum. But first I wanted to paint them.
Btw My parents also had a guava tree in Hayward.
The persimmons are not ready yet. Ill paint them another day. Surplus from N & E. Thanks friends.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Oh my this was fun. Very confused start. What was I thinking? Expected to do abstracted fruit but instead went for layered textures in background. Layered to hide whatever was there before. Then lifted wet watercolors with paper towels for textures.
I read that many artists have their works fully formed in their minds before they put brush to surface.
I may have a landscape or still life in mind. Sometimes i will presketch in pencil. Not often. I enjoy the surprise when brush and hand do all the creative work.
The fruit is sitting right here on the table so thats where I started. I started painting in the other surrounding things but it just did nothing for me. So i hid it for the most part. Then I just played around as it was nearly unsavable. Why waste it?
Ended up with some parts I like a lot like those reddish stripes over yellow background and the blue over the yellow between stripes then blotted so yellow would show through. That might be a useful technique sometime.