Friday, December 13, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
He is as nice as he is talented and we had a great visit and chat in between his many customers. You can check out his website at www.crouserart.com
Saturday, October 26, 2013
It was a dark, cold, and rainy day; depressing until I picked up the brushes and Brusho watercolors. Very fun experimenting with Christmas trees; this medium forces you to stay loose. I finally found the paper I like best with this-Fabriano Artistico 300#. It's thick and smooth and takes a lot of punishment, plus you can bleach out areas for white. (just make sure you get fresh air when bleaching!)
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I really like WN neutral tint for this kind of exercise since values are so important and it takes the guesswork out of making color choices.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
It's been a month or so since the last post-yikes, the summer is flying by. I thought I would show you some of the fun locations I painted in this season. A random mix to be sure, but being outdoors in our short summer and savoring every moment is the best thing there is! We go a little crazy cramming everything into two months time; I haven't finished too many paintings lately but lots are started and there's no chance of being bored when we have to go back indoors.
So this is just a smattering of places-I hope to finagle a bike and backpack with mini plein air painting gear and really hit the road and find more cool spots that you can't get to in a car. Enjoy the rest of summer everyone!
Friday, July 26, 2013
I almost forgot my favorite "feel good" comment of the event-a lady bought one of my lambs and lavender prints-it's a soft painting of a mother and baby lamb-for her son and his wife who are expecting a baby soon. Their last pregnancy resulted in a loss, and she thought this picture would give them hope. We were both a little teary as she told this story...
More later with July activities-such a month of cramming everything in that we can in the beautiful summer weather! Hope you are all enjoying yourselves as well!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The link below gives you the fantastic lineup of activities and artists.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This is the first time I've painted on Clayboard (aquaboard) and it's a lot of fun. The colors stay vibrant and it's so forgiving and versatile. I'm using Brusho too on this so a lot of joyous experimenting is going on. You can lift the color with water and a brush, or use bleach to whiten out an area. I'm going to need a bulk order of these boards-the possibilities are endless!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
I was trying to be much looser with the bird but somehow got caught up in the details. Still, it has a soft look to it that's kind of nice. Maybe a second round will help, or maybe paint with my eyes closed!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I must be having a very philosophical day; so many things made me pause for thought about what painting is meaning to me now compared to when I started.
Drawing and painting has always been a big part of my life, it was just something that constantly called me, saying "Just do it! Doodle! Cartoon! Just pick up a pencil and get it moving!" The thought of people buying my art someday sounded really attractive and maybe out of my reach. One day -years later-joy!- someone bought my first notecards which were made up into little zip-lock Baggies from the grocery store. That was fun, but what about the framed originals? Why don't more people buy those? I need money to pay for this hobby and more would be nice. I was constantly pricing and re-pricing, trying to save money framing, anything to make it price friendly enough for people to buy. Now, it is a few more years later, and now I sell prints and notecards, and originals as well at a few shows and galleries. I'm still under the radar with a website in mind, but what means the most to me now is that the people buying the artwork really love it and it makes them feel good. They can feel whatever emotion and joy I put into the piece. They're not buying it because it goes with their couch in the living room. Nothing is more satisfying than that.
When I went to my painting group today, my favorite muse artist came and worded precisely what I've been feeling but hadn't put into words yet. It was something her son had said to her; "Mom, your painting is your worship". Bing! Suddenly it all makes sense. The paintings that others like are the ones where I barely remember moving the brush. Call it a zone, a higher power, or whatever you like, but it's your talent and desire and hours of practice that have led to these moments of zen-like action. I hope it lasts forever. The money may come as a result, but the emotion must always be there first.
Below is a link to a great article with many ideas that convey the whole picture of art and what needs to be thought about first, if indeed you would like to sell your art.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Hello, it's nice to get back to the blog. Thank you all who have been following and checking in even though I haven't posted in a while.
My dear mom passed away in January just as I was getting the brushes moving again, and life took a while to get sorted out. Painting is such a strong calling though, and will probably be a great venue for all the feelings that have been whirling around. I'd like to explore some images with her spirit in mind. She loved birds, animals, and wildlife so that will be fun to experiment with. Of course, she liked a glass of bourbon once in a while too, but I'm not getting inspired about that!
The urge to paint with yellow has resulted in some lively work and I had to order more tubes! Here I've used cad yellow pale and new gamboge with some Winsor orange. I just ordered Winsor yellow deep so can't wait to try a new one. These daffodils were picked up at the local flower shop because it will be many weeks before the real things pop up.
Used a lot of negative painting to form the petals, ala Jean Haines' method after I took her workshop last fall.
Thanks for taking a peek-think spring!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ahhhhh, back to the studio after weeks of absence. December duties called, and by the time January rolled around and the brushes could be picked up again, I felt quite rusty. Here are some examples of exercises I did to warm up again.
A variety of studies: some sketches of winter scenes, color charts, playing with paint to remember color combinations, and some ideas from Maggie Latham's studio blog to get the wheels turning. The most important thing is to just get the brush moving, even if you have no idea what you want to do or where to start. It's only paper and paint!
Decided to try some snow covered teasels; something I attempted when I very first started painting in earnest a few years ago. It went pretty badly back then, but I really love them and I've learned a lot since that time, so am giving it another go! I took pictures, did sketches, painted color charts and small studies. If anybody wonders "how long" does it take for an artist to do a painting, these are some examples of what goes on behind the work.