We passed this scene shortly after entering Canada on our drive from Denver, Colorado to North Pole, Alaska, a couple summers ago. Who knew that Canadians painted their barns such fun colors. No embellishing required.
Carlos loves his radiator cover. Good thing cats don't melt.
My husband and I are supposed to be in Colorado right now but the airline company put a big dent in our travel arrangements so we are in Ohio for Spring break. Once we accepted our situation, the silver lining was easy to see. This unexpected time of not being on vacation will allow both of us to catch up on a lot of work. I get to spend uninterrupted time in the studio and writing a paper for my art history class. Yesterday, I painted this 8 x 10" painting of Carlos that I sketched out weeks ago. I am also have way through a 16 x 20" painting of a rural scene that we passed two summers ago on our drive to Alaska. "Back to the studio," she said with a smile!
This is the painting that I mentioned in yesterday's blog post. The reference photo was so blurry because it had been taken from a distance among other things. My drawing practice for school made this painting possible. It was actually fun to paint and I finished it between lunch and dinner. I need to remember to thank my husband for letting me go back to college. It is paying off already!
Last week, I signed up to take the intermediate painting class during the first summer session at Wright State University. I will paint for 3.5 hours, 5 days a week, for 4.5 weeks straight. That will be time well spent. Anyone want to join me?
Thanks to my artist friend Robin Rosenthal for submitting this still life set up for this week's Daily Paintworks challenge. Click here to check out the details. My blue cup did not photograph well but those peppers sure did well. My school work kept me out of the studio all week except for when it came to drawing homework. But this weekend was very painterly. Not only did I paint for the DPW challenge but I am pleased with another painting that I accomplished over the weekend. A friend gave me a very blurry photo and asked me if I would give it a try. As in, paint a nice painting of her daughter with her dog with only a blurry reference photo to get the job done. Needless to say, I've been hesitant to undertake that project. Today, I told myself to give it a try. I also told myself (out loud) that I was allowed to wipe it off if I was not happy. No pressure. Any it worked. Check back tomorrow to see the results.
In my Intermediate Drawing class at Wright State University, our current drawing instrument is an extra fine Sharpie marker. Getting the drawing started is very daunting. No Liquid Paper or masking allowed. What? Our instructor assured us that one wrong mark will not ruin a drawing. It has actually proved to be fun. I think because it is risky and the end product can be bold.
Our homework assignment for this week was to draw three objects in front of a window using a Sharpie marker. The drawing could be loose (the method I used) or tight like a Giorgio Morandi print. The tree shadow was the funnest part to draw. The glass bottles were the hardest.
Last week, I used a tight method for a similar homework assignment (see below) using one object plus a paper bag. Drawing a crinkled paper bag is a great way to practice seeing your still life object. Fun fact, I did not do a preliminary pencil sketch on either one of these drawings, just permanent ink.