Friday, September 23, 2016

WHAT is THAT?!

Tonight when Dean walked in to my studio, he looked on the easel and asked, "What is that!" I told him that it was a tea house in a garden. He said that he thought not because Japanese gardens are simple and neat. Humph!

Actually, I was looking at the yard across the street I have painted it before, from a photo I took. This
time there was no photo and I was working with different pigments than I usually use. I can't say that I love it, but It does have a sort of fairy garden appeal to me.

I also painted the plums in a cup again. You realize, I am sure, that there is no dark yellow. There is yellow and light yellow and reddish yellow and bright yellow and soft yellow and greenish yellow, but there is no dark yellow, yet the yellow on the inside of that cup was shadowed. I I added violet, as shadows sometimes are, the color turned brown (or as one friend said, "baby-poop brown "). If I  added blue, another shadow color, it turned green. I am going to try a little grey but I can't decide how to mix the grey (grey is red +blue+yellow and maybe white). This kind of thing interests and sometimes frustrates me. 

All is well, (and a little cooler), 
XOXOXO,
Caroline








Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should I apologize...

for even sending this out? I am learning to paint with a palette knife, as I have mentioned. Well, a large and straight-
edged knife is hard to use to make a circle. At least that is my excuse and I am sticking to it!  The sad part is that I did this once before and wiped it off. Well, if I keep trying it might get good enough to look like what it is - that is a large cup turned on its side. I know it is not right, but working on it again will have to be a project for another day.  I think that I could do it with a brush, but I am determined to master the use of the knife. Meanwhile,
All is well and all will be well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Getting behind!


Yesterday was Dean's birthday so there was some baking to do. It was also the day that I received a new module for my online class. Somehow posting a painting didn't make it onto the schedule! I did, however, paint a little 6 x 6" painting. We have some plums that just demanded to be painted. Here is the first painting;. when I finish posting I am going to do another and then get onto my homework. Later in the day will be the exciting business of cutting Dean's toenails( since he has Diabetes that is an important thing to do) and cleaning the baseboards in the kitchen. My days are always full of something.

I rather like this - probably because of the purple, who knows. 

All is well and all will be well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Busy week

This has been an unusually busy week. There was the day I spent 7.5 hours in the ED with Dean, of course, there were some other meetings, our son-in-law and his mother stopped by and we went to dinner, I played catch-up with the laundry.  You know that kind of week - nothing outstanding, just busy.

I also found out that I can only have 10 people on the list for e-mailing the blog. I had no idea! Anyway, I finally have paintings done, photographed, loaded and ready to show you.

The idea was to make thumbnails - shapes and values - and then paint from them, not looking at the original photograph, to look at the composition. It was not something I have done before and it was, as is everything, a little challenge. So here they are. You might guess that some photos were made according to color and not value and no thought was taken about composition. On top of that, I have been mesmerized by close-ups for several years - no, many years- and my landscape library is less than extensive to say the least. So many ways to change, so much to learn, so many years already flown by!







All is well and all is well, and all most certainly will be well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline




Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Little Chat

I am having some trouble with updates and photos so I am going to share this with you. Dean had to have his leg up so he was lying on the bed. Bobo looks like he pulled up a chair for a little chat.



Tuesday I drew thumbnails, looking for the notan needed for a good composition. Today I drew some more and then painted them. I have known about thumbnails for quite a while but never have done them. Like a lot of things it felt awkward at first but I think that when I have done a few more I will find it helpful. I have photographed them and I will post them tomorrow (I hope).

All is well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline












Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A crazy Day

No painting today and for a good reason. I spent the most part of the day (7.5hours) in the emergency department with Dean who scraped his leg Saturday and developed cellulitis. It was a busy day there and his injury was not life threatening (although it could become so if left untreated), so we did a lot of waiting. Everyone was very nice and he got IV antibiotics and a prescription and we were able to come home. Thank goodness. 

For class we are looking carefully at photographs to see how many good compositions can be derived from each one. We make thumbnails - 3-5 shapes, 5-7 values - and then paint the thumbnail in black, white and grey. I should have at least one of those done tomorrow although it promises to be another busy day. Hmmm. Maybe threatens is more accurate than promises!

All is well, 
XOXOXO, 
Caroline


Saturday, September 10, 2016

A painting and a bonus

This is just about the end of the zinnias, and I might even give the cup a break. The spoon is one that Dean's mother brought back from Norway for us and it has an slightly unusual shape, made even more so in this painting.  There is a little more of it but I managed to cut it off when I photographed it. My  bad.


And here is the bonus! Part hound, part couch potato, here is Ezra Beauregard Berk!

He likes to lie there so if anyone comes down the street he can bark at them like a big, mean dog and let them know that he is watching their every move. This goes double for squirrels, cats, birds and leaves. 

All is well, and all will be well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline