From the studio at Tantivy, little paintings and comments from Caroline.
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Here is a picture of the grands that I painted, didn't like, reworked and now like. I am reworking several things since I have learned more and with the oils. I find the oils much more responsive to what I wa
nt to do and I am so glad that I took the class that started me on them.I will be reworking a few other older paintings and doing some new ones also in the next few days.
I should have taken more photos but I was busy the whole time working. We were doing what Anne calls "precision collage" which resembles appliqué . Anne had simplified drawings of ERI, Henry VIII, and face cards of all the suites. We chose one and traced it numerous times. (She made me start over because my tracing was too sketchy - I have a hard time going to the edge and closing my lines to make shapes.) From our tracings we cut pieces that we glued to the master traced copy. Sounds easy and I guess that it was, but not in every way. So here is mine. When I flipped it over we decided that the back was interesting so I have photographed it also.
This is the back. If I add a little color to the face and hands it might be really good.
The front. As you can see, the long chains she wears need color (gold) and she needs a face as well as some powder. I don't think that Elizabeth was much for sun, but she looks like she just came home from two weeks at the beach!. Eyes, ey…
Painting five versions of the same thing, each painting no more than 20 minutes in the making might sound boring to you but it is actually an interesting challenge. For one thing, how many ways can you set up marble eggs? I am already about to run out of ways. Having only 20 minutes means that you have to go for the essence of the thing also and leave out some of the refinements you might normally include. It becomes quite a challenge. Here is today's effort. One good thing is that you can make lots of paintings this way and the more painting you do the better you get. Or so they say.
I have begun walking again. It has been hard to get back into it after I was ill for several weeks but I feel better when I walk although right now I am still building back up. It took three different outings today to get less that three miles. I like to walk at night but I am going to try to go out early in the morning. Early for me that is - about 8:30 or 9:00. We will see how that works. Not too…
Actually we have been home for a week. The end of the vacation was spent in ambulances (Dean) and hospitals (both of us) in packing up the condo(Alex,Sarie and I) and flying home (Alex and Sarie). Jenny and Drew had to leave the first Friday and Sara and Greg had to leave Tuesday. Dean and I took three days to get home and all is well. He suffered a strange bleed and a huge hematoma but is now off Plavix and should not have any problems. They still want us to watch out for headaches in case a clot breaks loose. AND, our a/c is not functioning.
I finally did another little painting of shell fragments. 5"x7", oil on board. I hope that you like it. I am still thinking about changing to a different blog platform and setting up a website from which I can sell paintings. It is a lot to do and so a big decision. Right now I am moving into the studio above the new garage and that is taking lots of time and not just a little muscle - in fact I will have to get some help from someo…