Today's painting from my favorite Tuesday painter group. #bixbypainters #vergennesvt #vtartist #portrait #painting
When you were planning on going to the studio, but forgot your keys in your husbands car ... got to make due. #paintanyway #flowerpainting #lilies #stilllife #painting
Yesterday's portrait from life with a great group. #painting #vtartist #portrait #fromlife
Step 1: Make a mess. Step 2-Infinity: Fix your mess. #almostonsteptwo
Time for some fun. #painting #funwithpaint #stilllife #vtartist
So great to celebrate Michael & Laura's wedding, and also to see the art school gang again! All we were missing was @timothyjahn ! Congratulations #rupconfive
The end of this one. Pose is over. Really loved doing a portrait from life. #itsbeenalongtime #portrait #art #painting #representationalpainting #vtartist
PSA 😉: Another year another free cone! Stop by downtown church street and get your free scoop from this Guru or your local Ben & Jerry's scoop shop! #freeconeday #benandjerrys #flavorguru #sharethelove
Today's progress in reverse. Stretched a canvas (mmmm the smell of linen=maple syrup and Middle Eastern food), transferred my drawing and did a very loose fill/underpainting using, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ocher, black and white based on the values of my drawing. Can't wait to see the model again and clean this one up! #art #painting #oilpainting #underpainting #representationalpainting
Got to work from life today. These are always the best days. Can't wait to work on this again next week. Maybe I'll transfer and paint 🤔? #decisionsdecisions #art #drawing #strathmorepaper #portrait #vermontartist
Sometimes we fail.
My teacher used to say to me "You're only as good as your reference", this is why working from life is ideal. This painting, the reference was TERRIBLE, if my teacher saw it he would have probably told me "I wouldn't paint from that", but i did. I chose it because it was interesting to me, and a challenge, something Ive never done before. And sometimes after years of working from life you can take crappy reference and turn it into something ok. Not in this case. This is only one in a recent series of failures for me. My still life started a few months ago, failed. A watercolor portrait I started with high hopes, also bombed. Possibly again because of poor reference, and inexperience in material. Ive just been reaching for things that I can do that will interest me while I continually prepare for other works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A few days ago, I heard an analogy about climbing to the top of a mountain without a cut path. On a journey like this we dont know the obstacles we will find. These obstacles cause distractions, and temporary misdirection, as we are forced to find a way around them. While we are working around our obstacles it is easy to be upset that we are not on our intended path. But we must always remember these are temporary and practice the will to keep walking towards the goal.
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In art I have many misdirections, and they have not ended, as they never will. I started these recent works with the goal to keep walking up the mountain, only to fall, and that is ok too. I will keep getting up, and walking on, not so steadily and strongly at first but still moving forward.
So now I say goodbye to these failures, and hello to my next step. I am starting a new still life from life, wish me luck, as I wish you in your journey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #art #painting #stilllearning #keepongoing
Moved on to this crazy piece. Total experiment! #art #painting #playingwithpaint
This is my first attempt at a watercolor portrait this large. I've only tried one other time and it was tiny. Can't wait to see what happens.
#funwithpaint #watercolor #portraitpainting #wishmeluck #art
Great Christmas present. #theartiststare #whatcoloristhat #paintinginmyhead #paintdreams
Decided to work at home today instead of the studio. In that backpack I've managed to pack a portable studio for watercolor, graphite and oil. #havepaintwilltravel #newworkinprogress #watercolor