Ready Get Set…Go!
Last week I joined in with a five day painting challenge with artist Mary Gilkerson. We were supposed to do a small painting each day for just 20 minutes, do you know how hard that is? Fortunately I am a fast and furious painter but this did push me to the edge.
Mary always says: “Done is better than perfect”, so the end product wasn’t very important. I enjoy experimenting and have little fear of failure.
First I gathered old small canvas’s to paint over, picked out 5 photos of figures that I wanted to paint and lastly I set up my work space with colors on the palette.
Start the kitchen timer.
My Friday open studio has invited participants who have painted the beautiful model, Christina, to exhibit at the newly opened Coral Mermaid Gallery. I have two paintings to show and the reception should be a lot of fun. Wish you all could join us.
The past six months I have been focusing on the human figure which I find fascinating. Here I was experimenting with black backgrounds to create a more dramatic feel.
Below I painted on Yupo with watercolor adding color & marks with total abandon then painted the negative space around the model. I think it would read better if the background was totally black.
My grand daughter at the beach. To the right an Art Deco thing going on and below a 1940’s model. It was great fun but what do you say; yes try some more or no move on?
Each Friday you can find me painting with a wonderful group of artists at the Museum of Art. The open studio has a new live model week and today it was Christina.
Christina is a beautiful young woman with the most gorgeous long red hair. As you see my style is very loose, I am happiest when I capture the essence of the person not their exact likeness.
I think I am finding that painting the human figure is my passion so I will keep on honing my skills.
I would be a delight to hear your comments .
Mary Ellen Koser