This was done on a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. The weather was extraordinarily warm for May. Temperatures were in the 80-90 degree range. It seemed more like early summer than early spring. Some of us had even been swimming in the river that ran next to the studio center’s buildings.
I had to be outside. The winter in Chicago had been too long and severe for me to stay in the studio. Two elderly sisters lived in the house behind me and the tree in front of the house positively hummed with bees pollinating the last of it blossoms. The road back to the center is to the left of the mirror.
Jaimie is a dancer who is so full of energy that even with injuries she must be on the move. She has produced whole dance programs in the past. I wish I had half her energy.
There may be little posting in the next few days. I am hosting Thanksgiving and will be cooking for the next few days and then I have to take time to recover. I’m getting too old for is. After Thursday, I am passing the Thanksgiving responsibilities on to my sons.
Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your families and friends.
This was done on a very rainy, cold day. It was impossible to paint outdoors. So I set my mirror on the cottage sofa and placed my hat and sun glassses of the previous outdoor self-portraits in front of it along with the still life materials I bring with just in case we can’t go outside. My painting buddy is there with me creating her own rain day painting.
It’s been a very long time since we had a model who agreed to to stand for our sessions. We are not willing to insist on it. It is grueling enough to sit still over long periods so we will not demand it. I have had models keel over in a dead faint from standing with knees locked. With knees locked, not enough blood is getting to the brain and fainting is a distinct possibility. So very few standing poses unless the model is a masochist.
This is another small but mighty piece. The paper was pretty wet. You can see all the soft bleediness of the color on the wet paper. I really like all this unexpected effect. The element of surprise is most of the fun. As saturated as it appears here, it’s even more saturated than it appears. When it is saved for the web some of the saturation is lost with the decrease in resolution.
This is an artist who came to a Saturday session when we met in a street level store front studio. He only came once. I think we were too talkative for him. We are a very chatty group and we talk about everything from cooking to politics to philosophy to science to religion—anything that come into our creative heads. We laugh a lot too. We relish a good joke or wisecrack.
Here is another mural study. I am very tired. I have been critiqing all day. Monday I critiqued 40 paintings for a local art league. I have no mor words.
This was a demonstration piece given as part of a class in painting with watercolor. I was making the point that if one was confident in one’s drawing skills, no penciling was necessary. There is no penciling on any of the watercolors posted to this blog. The only penciling in the watercolors on my other blog is done with a blackboard compass for placing the circle representing my warehouse mirror on the paper. After that is done there is no further penciling. I go right to paint. Yes, I make errors but, the more experience with watercolor one has the more one is able to deal with errors and make corrections.
Here I am with one of those stone ‘hedges’. I set up my mirror with a broad meadow to my back with a few trees over my shoulder. The frost of the previous winter had heaved to fence posts in the ‘hedge’ to one side leaving the barbed wire loosely looped from one post to the next. You can just see my mini-van on the other side of the ‘hedge’.
Our model did not come as scheduled last Saturday. We were all ready to work, so, instead of packing up and going home, we set up a still life and worked from our arrangement. Our host has a lot of props in her studio including this cow’s skull which she picked up on a trip to her home town in New Mexico. It’s so Georgia O’Keefe!