Friday, January 29, 2010

poof! Lydia Host Daily

Okay. This might be it for the jesters! Well maybe one more later next week. This one is watercolor on the wackiness of this surface. It is sort of a mix of drawing and painting. Happy weekend to you!
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

A bird in the hand... Lydia host

This didn't come throught the camera as it truly looks isn't this dull. Well today was our last day with Zeb as our jester, it was so fun to explore a topic more than the typical one session. I feel that I learned a lot this week, from Joan, and from just reworking the Jester topic. I am thinking about clay now.... Best, Lydia
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

jester mini-paintings. lydia host

Added a feather to Monday's Jester. Tomorrow is our last day of jest painting...its been a fun time. I think that tomorrow I'll go big!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

two minute jesters....

Here are a few of the two minute warm-ups from yesterday. Many times this speedy type of drawing would be referred to as a gesture drawing...;) I like these most in figure drawing because we don't have time to focus on the details, just enough time to work on getting the major forms and gestures. I wish that I would start every drawing as though I had only two minutes, because if I have more time, I often get mired in details, to the peril of the big picture.

Monday, January 25, 2010

jester week begins

Today Joan and I painted a model dressed as a jester. She has a commission for this, and I am just along for the ride! The model is an actor and artist himself, and so was really a natural, not having modeled before. We warmed up with two minute sketches, and then painted a little...this painting may or maynot be finished...I haven't really decided. I think my favorite things were my two minute sketches, that happens a lot! We are painting Jeb again on Wednesday. The week of the jester! be well. Lydia
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Friday, January 22, 2010

irresistible. lydia Host daily

After watching and advising students last night on how to approach these pears, it was irrestistible, I had to paint them myself! I was amazed at how fun and successful last night felt. I am going to get permission to post their results because I think you would be amazed, I was. Hope you have a great weekend. Lydia

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

miss cozy. Lydia Host daily painting a day 6x6

I have been thinking about the class that I will be teaching on Thursday (its full-which is good news, and yet scary!). I am going to try and simplify the basics of composition and form and still life set up, into a few hours, so that people feel enlightened, elated and ready to paint the next still life. It can be done! Meanwhile, I have started my Ceramics class at Springhill with P. Favier, who is an intense, and inquiring style of teacher, which I really feel will be good for me as a student. I expect great growth this semester. best, Lydia

Monday, January 18, 2010

All bunched up. Lydia Host daily painting a day 8x8

Have to give grapes another go! I was trying to see them as a bunch instead of individuals... Hope you are having a good Martin Luther King Jr. day! What a inspiring hero he was ! Lydia

Friday, January 15, 2010

Girl. 6x6 Lydia host daily

This represents my first painting (or sketch...or wash) on clayboard with watercolors. I read about this painter who uses this substrate, and calls the paintings 'fresco' paintings. Originally that would be on wet plaster...but this mimics the way that color sits on top of plaster. I will explore it in the next few weeks and see what I can come up with, but at first pass, I really enjoyed it. It reminds me of painting on illustration board, and even Yupo paper to a certain extent. The advantage over those would be that you can seal this and frame it like an oil painting....gotta love that. Best to you. Lydia
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

paperwhite. Lydia Host daily painting a day 8x10

I painted today with Joan E. Whitespunner, and Stephanie Morris, two really excellent painters who mainly paint portraits. We had fun with this beautiful still life. As for my inquiry about complimentary colored palettes, both do of course know about the theory but don't strategise in that way. Stephanie does something that is intriguing to me, she mixes all of her colors before she begins to paint...and let me tell you her colors were the best! I thought that might be fun to try sometime.
I will try to post their paintings when they are finished.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

simple pleasures . Lydia Host daily painting a day 6x6

I had a visit with a good friend today that ended with that lovely beverage that is a part of such precious rituals. I have to mention that I did use my new found complimentary palette, plus I used a really big brush for most of this painting, keeping it loose and soft.
Hot, dark and black.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Iris. lydia Host daily

I painted these irises with Mary Elizabeth on the weekend. Check her blog out and see her result...its great! I have been reading a book on color theory, and the idea I was pondering was complimentary color themes in a painting. I asked Mary Elizabeth if she considers her palette in that way for each painting, for I consider her to be a master colorist, and indeed her answer was 'yes' of course. I personally have been guided by the reality before me and instinct when choosing color, which results in an inconsistent result. Ha! I learned something important that will surely improve my paintings. Best, Lydia
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

prickly. Lydia Host daily painting a day 8x8

I painted with Mary Elizabeth today, and she had all of this fruit left over from her Holiday party center pieces. I don't know that I have ever noticed how multi-hued pineapples are. After we painted she whipped up a simple lunch of several styles of cheese toast (Parmesan, blue cheese, and some herb-y yellow, on black olive embedded bread), and sliced crisp apples and pears, and slices of salami...oh my goodness! Isn't it great when you eat food that makes you sigh with pleasure..with the added bonus that its fairly healthy? It was like a food vacation to France! I highly recommend that you make yourself some sort of healthy, yet indulgent food in this barren time of year...simple pleasures you won't regret. Lydia

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

man eats grapefriut. Lydia Host daily painting a day 8x10

It was fun to day to paint this little manikin, I suppose all artists have one in their studio....I have four that I got at IKEA one time for four dollars each! You can use them to 'stand in' for a human, but I never have done that...until now.
I painted with Joan today and she painted the citrus by itself to a beautiful result, I will try to get a copy of it, and post it later.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

secret weapon. Lydia Host daily painting a day 6x6

My Grandmother turned 90 today! She does many things that health gurus advise one to do if you'd like to live a long time; she walks thirty minutes (at least) a day, she is moderate in most ways, gets plenty of sleep, and she eats a grapefruit every morning. I'm just sayin' !
I love that in the dreary winter months we can look forward to such bright and cheery citrus to perk us up.
Happy Birthday Grandma!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pansy teacup

It felt great to paint on a 6x6 inch canvas today. I have decided that for daily paintings it just makes sense to paint small! (like re-discovering the wheel). When you are forced to capture something in a small space, you figure out how to do it, and many times that is all you really had to say about something anyway. I hope you had a nice holiday time, I really enjoyed getting to hang out with my family and especially loved being with my big boys, who are both funny, smart, interesting and compassionate people, who I'd want to know even if they weren't my kids....go figure!
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