Page 122 in Daily Painting by Carol Marine. I am attempting to reign in my impatient, impulsive painting technique to a more planned one. Took a tomato from the kitchen which will be in a salad tonight, set it up with lighting and colored background papers. I read Carol's instructions like a recipe beginning with the paint set up. Warm and cool of the three primaries with mixtures of each to create secondaries. My hope is that a limited palette when stop me from using every pretty color my eyes sees.
After sketching the subject onto a canvas I started with the #1 spot with pure color, a warm red. Get in, get out with one stroke. Then onto the #2- #5 colors added to the tomato painting.
I have broken the one stroke rule already, don't like my carefully chosen colors and think the whole thing is boring.
What's an artist to do? I am going to step away from the book and paint like I'm enjoying it.The results will either be wonky or a reject.
Nice to have choices.
Day two: cleaned two bathrooms, unloaded dishwasher plus reloaded dishwasher, finally let's go to the studio for a re-do of the amateurish tomato.
I repainted the background with left overs on the palette and then went to town. In a very short time I painted the following. Quick and dirty, it just happened:)
Once upon a time an artist took a used painting with visions of painting a new figure scape. She turned the canvas vertical instead of the previous horizontal ocean format and sketched in the forms. Then she kept adding and adding until it was over worked and nothing like the spontaneous expressionistic style she was after.
What to do? Get frustrated with all the hours put into a mess then regroup and wait for a new idea to appear. On the way to a volunteer function I thought about "Many Shades of Gray".
Here is my first quick painting; should I stop before I repeat the same dilemma? Third layer of paint, frustration growing then I happen to look at the back of the canvas. It looks old and spotty, not the quality I strive for so....another one bites the dust.
It is sitting in the garage next to the garbage bin.
This happens to the best of us:(
Now I am focusing on the works Anne Obrien Gonzalez from her DVD on Expressive Still Life. Looking around the house I pulled out my Fiesta water pitcher, a tin can plus a pair of fish salt and pepper shakers.
First Anne placed various papers on a pre stained canvas which had a simple sketch on it. I tend to use good old fashioned white chalk to make my initial sketches. It rubs off easily as I change my mind a hundred times.
My goal was a complementary color theme using lavenders and yellows. Originally the pitcher was empty but that looked unbalanced so what flowers would fit into my plan? Lilacs!
No lilacs near by so I googled a photo and faked the rest. I used small circle stamps & lacy rice papers to help enhance the lilac feel.
Turn up the music in the studio, dance around a bit and then have faith in myself.
By Anne O'Brien -Gonzalez
I am not fickle, instead I am inspired by many teachers. I enjoyed Anne's book and DVD so much that I ordered two more.
It was such fun to sit down to really focus on an audio visual lesson with my little dog snuggled next to me on the couch. Sometimes I take detailed notes and other times I just listen to it over and over again. All of the artists that I choose seem to be colorist/ expressionists so either that is what I am or this is just a stage that I will grow out of.
I recycled a former painting into my blue chair & flower center piece work. After painting the basic shapes I added a blue rice paper place mat that I thought linked back to the blue chair following Anne's DVD lessons. Next I worked on the flowers adding lacy rice papers. I like the addition of the lacy papers on the two far flowers but the front one is an enigma.
The goal was to work with a blue /orange complementary color theme but even the artist creating this has no clue where it is going. Oh Anne, I need your help:(
To get back to the blue/ orange complement I painted the cloth orange, flowers white and enhanced the blue of the place mat. Better but......so a checked pattern was added to the table cloth and the place mat was enlarge to give better balance.
A little more punch and this painting goes into a time out so that the artist can recover.
Finished until further notice.
Mary Ellen Koser