I understand this particular model comes equipped with built in wi-fi, pedometer, and alarm clock.
(Google maps or Garmin optional.)
Not political... I stay away from that here and on FB and keep it strictly for art. Actually thought of this idea long before it became popular in our society. Simply something silly and fun to paint!
What did I get out of painting 30 paintings in 30 days... again, and for about the fifth time? A stack of paintings some good, some awful. Sharpened skill. New ideas for future paintings. Material for future book! And a pat on my own back for a job well done.
Any excuse to mess with paint and brushes makes me happy, so this challenge wasn't as torturous as keeping an exercise challenge would have been. I'm also an illustrator and thrive on deadlines and goals!
A favorite spot to paint on Manasota Key, especially early in the morning (off season's best). Only problem here... there are a line of garbage cans in front of these palms, ruins one of the best views in the area. And I have complained. Will paint them in next time to show what I mean.
This painting was inspired by the sparkling glow of the water bottle! Doesn't take much to get my brush moving. Also loved the red and blue outfit. Worked from another wonderful, random, happy accident photo I snapped at the beach (really should spend more time there).
From an old photo that I've used as reference over and over, and every time the painting looks different.
Underpainting sketched on old seascape from a few years ago, which is why signature is upside down on bottom (had signed on top right).
At this point in my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge... I want it over with and promise never to do it again! What a long month! But I will persist, "Self-discipline is everything," quote from art school professor that still rattles around in my brain. Only 7 more to go......
Crowded beaches are a great place to gather reference material. While aiming my camera at some seagulls, this intimate little scene appeared at the edge of the photo, an accidental shot. Loved the intense moment between Mom and boy. He looked like he was saying, "I sorry" which is how children this young talk. Bet he was getting a lecture about not throwing sand at his sister.
Attempted to paint fast while not over illustrating, leaving image blurry to suggest movement. Let brushwork tell the story. Simplified values to dark, medium, and light as much as possible.
Sharon Yarbrough painting at Artists Acres a few weeks ago when it was so cold she had to wear fingerless gloves. Always a rare treat to paint folks all bundled up in Florida!
Sharon has done a fabulous job leading our Peace River Painters plein air group! Many thanks! Not only is she a tremendous leader, kind person, and super organizer... but also a terrific artist. Visit her website and check out Peace River Painters, too. (Sister group of the Light Chasers)
Underpainting sketch on a panel I turned upside down... woman under beach umbrella reading a red book (Sharon's nose wasn't really that red)! Painting was completed alla prima, wet into wet, all at once.
Another sketch from an old snapshot, this one taken by my daughter, a classic photo that was impossible to improve on. I prefer and most often insist on using my own photo reference, but sometimes, family photos are fair game!
Was captivated by the spinning position and outfit. A little girl walking through an amusement park seemed in awe of the spectacle. Changed her identity but kept the colorful clothes which I'm sure she picked out herself.
So far, the most difficult! Almost gave up but there was something about it I couldn't let go.
Figure position taken from old snapshot of Rachael. Changed everything, even invented a new character. There WERE sunspots though and that's what I wanted to paint.
First attempted to have figure on beach... did NOT work out. Shady light of a garden worked best, after all, that's where the original pose happened. In Brooklyn, in a cemetery... Actually, it was a great place to go for a walk, lots of sculpture to check out in this famous, historic location, Greenpoint Cemetery where some of our ancestors reside. Rachael was not impressed.
An early attempt... Was going to call it Line in the Sand.
Still not working here, but closer once I added garden and sunspots and adjusted proportions.
Another figurative study like the one I painted yesterday... those waves are challenging!
Worked from a simple snapshot taken and changed the young woman' appearance to protect her privacy. Even if I had asked her to pose there's no way she could have held this position, rough seas that day!
Underpainting in red iron oxide and Gamsol. Burnt sienna works just as well. As with all of these 30/30 studies, underpainting was dry before working over. But could also have been worked alla prima or all at once, wet into wet.
Anything can be painted over if thick paint is used and the angle of the brush is more parallel to the surface than perpendicular. I like stiff brushes such as Silver Briston which can scoop paint on thick almost like a palette knife.
Here's the color block-in stage of this and yesterday's post. Both painted at same time.
Quick figurative sketch and an attempt to define the basic forms of waves and water. Not easy, even with photo reference. What is it about painting water that is so darn difficult?
Kept values of the "whites" darker so the final splash notes would pop. After all, white is never really white, even the brightest spots had a bit of lemon yellow added to mimic sunlight.
The underpainting, with basic design and color blocks arranged, was worked with transparent color. Resisted using white.
For finishing layers, often used Naples yellow light instead of white to lighten colors, which helps avoid the dreaded "chalky" effect. Found Naples yellow light useful for skin tones and for warmer water colors. Used white to lighten background color, cool colors recede.
Color block-in stage of this and next post, Wave Rider. Worked both at same time.
#15 of 30/30. Half way through 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Painful, but really glad I'm doing it. If I were practicing a musical instrument, this time would HAVE to be done in order to improve or at least keep skill levels up.
Painting practice is the same as an athlete in training for a sport or a musician getting ready for a concert. These small studies are practice for larger studio paintings.
Fran was painting early in the morning at Snook Haven in Venice, Florida with the Peace River Painters. The light was spectacular! Visually rearranged the composition to fit the signs in.
Loved the term... SLOW DOWN NOW! The bottom sign read Absolutely NO Dogs. Johan absolutely obeyed this warning and kept Duke on the outside of this sign!
Underpainting with burnt sienna and ultramarine blue, leaving white of panel for lights.
#14 of 30/30. Painted this little guy many times from a snapshot. Classic running pose!
While I was taking photos of a Great Blue Heron standing on the beach, this boy and his accomplice rushed over and threw a handful of pebbles and shells at the bird. HEY! I yelled and off they ran while I captured their escape with my camera. Painting should be titled, Bad Boy!
Experimented again with minimal values and brush stokes and have learned a lot! Most difficult was stopping... letting it be "unfinished... or unpolished." I tend to render the heck out of things, past years as an illustrator coming through.
Underpainting. Loved the ear color and the shorts which are the only things I left alone. Thought back leg was too long here, so shortened it.
#12 of 30/30. Worked on two at once this morning, #12 and #13. Mixed paint for both at same time. Experimented with minimalism, used as few strokes as possible, simplified values and colors. Fought the urge to tighten up and add more details. It's amazing how little can tell the story.
First layer of Beach Lady, made a lot of changes.
Second layer of Beach Lady and second layer of #13 which I'll report on in next post.