(Note: I am bringing over some posts from an earlier blog I was writing–Interpreting Sight. These posts focus on the how-to of some of my artworks as well as showing my sketches and inspirations for new works.)
Here is one good reason why I like working with acrylic paints–they are forgiving. Especially when one idea seemed like a good one until a night’s sleep refocused my aesthetic and I wonder just who thought that color combo was a good idea. I am thankful that I get a second chance–with every single piece of artwork I do. I am never afraid to scrub out, gesso over, tear up, use for collage, cut up for use as mini paintings, or plain just get rid of bad painting. Sounds crazy to some of you but if you are an artist, I recommend you give this a try. You never know what you’ll find the second time around.
This is the final day of the 30 paintings 30 days challenge from artist/blogger Leslie Saeta. Although I didn’t get all thirty paintings posted, the challenge has jump started my year and I am happy for that little push. I have posted more on my blog than usual finding that I could actually write faster and show a work in progress or final piece. I tend to wait til it is totally finished before letting it out in the world. But there is something to be said for letting people see the “struggle” of a piece too. This piece was conceived while sitting in an airport waiting for a flight back to cold NH. I thought how lovely the warm air had been in Florida visiting my gallery Galerie du Soleil in Naples. So this snowbird idea came to me–how could I show both FL and NH landscapes in one painting. And here is my first effort at doing just that. Let me now your thoughts! 24×48, acrylic on canvas, One Sun, Two Loves.
Schooner Backlit is an 8×10 study based on sketches I completed while on a whale watch boat in Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod, MA. The whale boat was positioned so several artists could get a close up look at a schooner race from Gloucester, MA to Provincetown in September 2014. I loved seeing the beautiful curves of the sails, and subtle and various whites as they they glided by. Lucky for us the wind was light so we had a good amount of time to stare and record what interested us. Not sure I will go larger with this one but I enjoyed using more subtle colors than I might usually select.
This post is day 29, part of the 30 paintings/30 days challenge presented by Leslie Saeta on her blog,http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com I didn’t post all 30 but I have done many new small works as a result of this challenge.
It is never a simple thing, painting. It is always a matter of selection–from color and medium, size and proportion, orientation and surface, brushes or knives, scruffy or smooth, thick or thin, garrish or quiet, thoughtful or bold, clean or complicated. This image of a small red dory is seemingly simple but has so many paint overs it weighs more than you think! It was a challenge to make a surface complex enough to be interesting yet simple enough to have the little dory (that sits in Provincetown, MA harbor) still be the star of the show. The actual red-orange color is a good amount brighter in real life but I think you get the idea here. A huge amount of blues balance the hot spot of red at the lower part of this painting. And that’s all this one was really about. But you are always welcome to have your own idea of what you see and feel in a painting. 18×36, acrylic on canvas. This is part of the 30 paintings/30 days challenge presented by Leslie Saeta on her blog,http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com
Definitely in boat mode in the studio today. I have so much reference material from my residency on Cape Cod this past summer. I felt compelled today to dig into my sketchbooks and select imagery to push further along. I started several small format works on various media–panels, canvas and paper. Just one of those high energy, high result days in the studio. Looking forward to seeing where all these starts lead. This piece is titled, “Afloat at the End”, obviously a boat at the end of a pier but suggests that maybe it is getting ready to go somewhere–or maybe just came back. Either way it is still seaworthy and ready for another day. 5×7, acrylic on paper, Afloat at the End.
This small format painting is a warmup for a new floral series I am working on for 2015. Bold black lines in acrylic paint define the flower shapes on paper and color was added by layering Neocolor I by Caran D’Arche. 30 paintings in 30 days project presented by Leslie Saeta’s blog, http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/.
Another day another painting for the 30/30 painting challenge presented by Leslie Saeta, http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/
Playing with tones of cold, snowy New Hampshire–red branches of shrubs, cold shadows, light snow. Instead of rendering an exact copy of this scene, I am working to abstract essential details to create this 5×7 painting, acrylic on paper with red and white ink.
Staying focused on getting back to experimenting with new takes on recent works. Another entry for the 30/30 challenge project on the http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/ art blog. Obviously this one is weather-inspired although a self-portrait of a shivering me in the studio would be a funnier-looking piece.
Between the Seasons, 24×24, acrylic on panel
Seasonal transitions in New England are not so subtle hints that change is in the offing. Temperatures rising or lowering dramatically, colors intensifying or diminishing, textures smoothing or coarsening, sounds echoing or softening. Heading into winter or welcoming spring are the transitions that I look forward to each and every year. They find their way into my artworks in both subtle and obvious ways through more vibrant or subdued colors, understated or bolder forms, quieter or busier textures, and complex or simplified patterns. This particular painting known as Coming Solstice or Between the Seasons is a reflection on the landscape forms that surround me as well as my use of them in building a painting. It is the start of a new season and this approach will be the beginning of a new series of work for 2015. Hope you have great things on tap for the coming New Year.
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