Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Gang from Painters

Here we have our group of friends heading home from another great weekend at Painter's lodge. From left to right are: Linda Lando, Kiff Holland, Carole Rayer, Diane McDiarmid, Rick McDiarmid, Bettie Heighton, Brent Heighton, Alan Wylie, Suzanne Northcott, me, and Cathy Miller.

I did a demo at Painters this year for the first time. it was a bit intimidating, with about 300 people in the room but it went well and I enjoyed it. I will post the finished painting on the blog in a day or two.

The best part of the weekend was talking to all the people there and hanging out with so many other great artists. It was over all too fast. Thank you to everyone that took the time to talk to me.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Back in the Saddle

"Rush" 16 x 20"

"One More Dance"  24 x 36"

I finished these two pieces yesterday. The river one was started as a demo in my last workshop. I thought the arbutus one was finished but there was something about it that bothered me. After seeing the Masters paintings in galleries in NewYork, I realized that there was too much color. The paintings that I admired in the Met and the Frick museums were mostly quite de-saturated colors with beautiful values.

I ended up repainting the sky in a lighter and much more neutral shade of blue. I also toned down the yellows in the foreground. To my eye, the painting is much stronger now.

I'm really interested in learning more about color. A lot of artists nowadays rely on bright color to make their paintings interesting. I have done this to a certain extent, although I don't feel color is my forte. I'm not saying bright color is wrong but I don't think it's where I want to go. I am so drawn to beautiful neutrals and powerful values.

One of our current day artists that I really admire is Renato Muccillo. His colors are so compelling and they give his work an old world, timeless quality. Check out his website if you've never seen his work.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New York trip

I just returned from a wonderful week in New York with painting buddies, Liz Wiltzen, Sarah Kidner and Jean Pederson. Highlights for me were the Hispanic Society museum, where they have the huge Sorolla murals and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where we saw the Sargent paintings. The top picture is Sarah and Jean, in front of the Sorolla murals and the bottom one is Liz and Sarah with one of John Singer Sargent's portraits.

I was so inspired by this exposure to amazing art and can't wait to get painting again.