Saturday, November 11, 2017

How I Created One Face Painting

This video short consolidates several process photos of the last piece posted on this blog.  At the point before the trees were added, I felt stuck.  Some of the questions that were arising were:
  • Is the face over-painted? 
  • If so, does that mean the piece is complete? 
  • Why does the overall piece feel so bare? 
  • How do I keep the central image 'popping' if background work is added (to prevent eye distraction)?
  • What kind of background would complete it?
I had one idea, not fully formed, of adding in the background--shadowy trees in the style of Eyvind Earle.  So, I had to go back and research his work, because I knew I wanted the dark trees and to add depth (e.g. with trees in foreground and in a distance).  It was a week or two before I started the background...still unsure if that was what would really complement the image.  Well it seems to work.  

In the Earle paintings I reviewed, it was clear that his tree work evolved over the years to an incredible level.  I see mine as beginner trees that could also evolve in drama and detail, if I work on them more.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Painting with Collage


This piece took about two weekends to complete.  The first part to be painted was the face.  Then I got stuck for a while on what to do with the background.  I eventually added my interpretation of Eyvind Early trees to the background and have kept it dark so the figure pops (or at least hopefully it does).  Comments welcome!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Get a Permit, Rent an Easel, and Paint your Masterpiece in the Louvre!


https://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2017/10/05/how-to-walk-out-of-the-louvre-with-a-masterpiece/#_=_

I'd love to try this!  With only 250 permits issued per year, it's not likely--but it is fun to imagine trying to recreate an old masterpiece.  Would you be intimidated to try?  I might be a bit if people were watching me paint.  But what a great way to learn about color, composition, light, etc.

Friday, October 6, 2017



The base of this piece is a collage of parts of articles. I created a verse from words that I was drawn to and was inspired to do a piece in green. Then I applied gesso to cover the entire page of collaged articles, wrote in green watercolor crayon, drew my witch, activated parts of the watercolor areas (and added black), and then did some detail work. Fun, since Halloween is right around the corner!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Fun and Fast Art Project


The recipe:


  • Journal with watercolor crayon on watercolor paper (overlap the writing so it can't be read)
  • With a permanent marker, draw a face (without lifting pen off paper) over the journaling
  • Activate areas of the drawing with water
Voila!