I have been dabbling in a few mediums; colored pencils as I try to capture tomatoes on my deck before Mr. Chipmunk eats them, a mountain/water scene using oil paint, and a Montana valley with wild mustangs in the distance. I am learning to accept mistakes as a stepping stone in learning how to draw and paint. Perfectionism held me back in the past. I would do something that didn’t look right and stop, unable to finish. Now I plow ahead and just try to learn from these mistakes. You’ve got to make some ugly art in the beginning.
I started this drawing at the Attleboro Museum class in the spring. Then it sat around for months as I was unsure about how to blend the colored pencils to get depth to the subject. Fortunately I recently found a studio, Lugar Learning Center in Seekonk where I am getting some great tips and tricks as well as specific instruction to help me complete this project. Odie is well on his way.
I recently finished a Photography I class at CCRI in Warwick, RI. I used to work in a darkroom many years ago and in this class I remembered how much I enjoyed being in the darkroom. I am looking into purchasing a good scanner so I can share my film camera photos. Here are a few that were part of my final. I used a 60mm macro lens on my Nikon N75 and Kodak Tmax 400 asa . I was trying to emulate Tony Sweet. His books are great because he tells you exactly what he does to get his amazing images. I tried his multiple exposure examples, but my camera would not cooperate.
I didn’t get very far…I thought I could get some background in, but the time flew by as I tried to get Pete’s eyes painted and make him look dimensional. Still lots of work to do and only three more classes.
My latest painting endeavor is of an old friend who lived in our backyard pond for a few years. We named him Pete. He was a great frog, always interested in eating and especially fond of shrimp and succulent earthworms. We are not sure why he moved on, but it probably had something to do with finding a mate. We miss him.
The photo I am going by is quite small so Lisa, my instructor showed me how to use a grid on a photocopy of the original and on the canvas.
I blocked in some colors. The background in the original photo is blurred out and does not do anything for the painting. My homework is to find a flattering background for him. I might take a ride to Seven Arrows Herb Farm to see if they have some nice ferns that I could photograph.
I blocked in some colors. The background in the original photo is blurred out and does not do anything for the painting. My homework is to find a flattering background for him. I might take a ride to Seven Arrows Herb Farm to see if they have some nice ferns that I could photograph. Any suggestions?
My first appliqued piece was in the quilt show at the Seekonk Public Library last week. I thought it was finished until I realized that I didn’t do any hand quilting pattern on it. Marguerite Hanley set up the show with her quilts and quilts from her students. She is a fine teacher and superb quilter.
A couple of quick watercolor sketches of my friend Odie done at the Seekonk Library. The first Friday of the month a group of people interested in art come and practice their craft. Open to the public between 12:30 – 2:30. Contact me for more info.