Thursday, March 23, 2017

Early morning

This morning when the sunlight started streaming through my bedroom window it caught a scarf draped over my dresser. I had to try to paint it.
 

I think of this as "old master meets impressionism meets modernism.". The old masters only had the earth colors to work with for the most part. Colors such as blue were incredibly expensive and usually saved for the robes of the Virgin Mary (did you ever wonder why she was so often dressed in blue? That is why.) They used light and shadow to make the most of the reds browns, yellows and greens that they had and the paintings are wonders to behold. 

The impressionists, on the other hand, had access to manufactured colors and to tubes so that paints could be taken into the field and their paintings reflect that. They still use light and shadow but also brilliant color. Amazing paintings. 

Now we have access to even more colors, and electric lights as well as sunlight. Wow! I want to try to use all these things - light and shadow, color and  painting all prima (all at once, not waiting for the first layer to dry before adding glazes for color). I may not get great, but I will get better and I will enjoy it immensely!

All will be well, 
XOXOXO, 
Caroline


Monday, March 20, 2017

Corrections

Here is the painting - a better, I hope, version. Thanks to Vicki for pointing out what should have been obvious to me.
Still not quite right, but better. 

XOXOXO,
C

A little different

This painting is a little different for me. It is looser and it is also painted with a brush and I left a lot that was in the photo out - something that is not easy for me to do.




I am still not well, but what I have is more like a miserable cold now. I think that I will survive but I certainly hope that the recovery hastens - I am tired of not feeling well. It is a beautiful, sunny, cool day. The Redbud tree outside our dining room window has started to bloom and the late daffodils across the street are sending cheer my way. Life is good even if a little snotty. 

All will be well, 
XOXOXO, 
Caroline

Friday, March 17, 2017

Another shaky painting

I am still not feeling well, although each morning I have a few good hours and each day a little more than the day before.  I hope that tomorrow is a huge jump forward because we are supposed to go to a big cocktail party to announce niece Katie's engagement tomorrow evening and I really do want to go.  I even have something to wear all picked out.

I was able to get a little painting done (5"x 7") from one of my instructor's photos of roads in SC. In a lot of ways they look like home to me. I am also doing some planning for one of a downtown corner, but since there are many decisions to make about what to put in and what to leave out I haven't gotten much further than a pencil sketch of what I think that it might be. Maybe next week.


Here is a question for you. Why, when you are at the age where your hair is thinning, graying, etc, would you suddenly get a black CHIN HAIR? Just asking. 

All will be well (the tweezers took care of the offender)and all will most certainly be well, 
XOXOXO, 
Caroline

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ugh!

Very sore throat, slight fever, coughing, aching. I did get a flu shot, by the way. Some time during the day I decided that I could paint (after deciding earlier that standing at the easel was just too much.)Now I know. Do not try to paint when you are sick. Here is the effort; please do not laugh too hard. 
My neighbor's yard actually has a brick patio-type area that has plants growing between the bricks. Early(ish) one morning I looked and it was bright yellow in the low strong sun. There is in real life a little playhouse on the other side of the fence. I decided that it was just too much for today or maybe for any day. 

We had little snow but we are having rain and more rain. I haven't been out to walk for several days - no wonder I am sick!

All will be well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Friday, March 10, 2017

Here it is

Here it is -the long awaited onion! This has been a real challenge and a departure from my usual and I have truly enjoyed it. I hope that you like it. 

I thought about posting the photograph, but I am not sure that I would like the comparison - a photograph and a painting are such different things. The photograph, however, is beautiful. 

Yesterday I walked during a warm sunny afternoon. If I want warm weather for today's walk I had best get my shoes on and start walking- it is just going to get colder and colder all day! 


All will be well (and cold, make some onion soup!)
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Not what I thought

I thought that I would paint an assemblage piece that I bought several years ago but then ran across this onion. Later in the afternoon I photographed it in strong afternoon light and the photo is surprisingly beautiful. I am going to try to paint it but it might be beyond my level of expertise. Look for it in a few days.
'Meanwhile, enjoy the sun. Dean heard this morning that there should be 3" of snow Sunday. I hope that is only a nasty rumor!!

All will be well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline