Thursday, January 28, 2010
This didn't come throught the camera as it truly looks ...it 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
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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
Friday, January 22, 2010
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
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
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
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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
I had a visit with a good friend today that ended with coffee....coffee 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
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
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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
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
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!