Monday, January 19, 2015

Daily Painting and the High Pointe, 1.19.15

Third coat on, painting finished. There is only so much you can do with a small (8 x 10) painting of two bottles, so it didn't take long. But, like I said, it's good practice- basic shapes and forms, odd angles and playing with the color a bit.

Even though I haven't had time to paint for several days now, I'm setting a new goal to paint for at least an hour a day, most days of the week and hopefully more on the weekends. It's hard to say how many paintings I'll finish each week, as there are so many variables, but that isn't really the point anyway. It's all about practice. And practicing on a regular basis. Because that is the only way to get better, right? My goals- to be more confident with color, to be more confident with my brushstrokes and to be confident enough to play and experiment with the paint. I've been painting for a long time now (off and on) and teaching it for 10 years, so I'm confident with the basics. Now I'm looking for a style to develop and that will only come with consistent practice. I'll be documenting that practice here, so be prepared. I'm sure there will be some stinkers along the way! haha

This is the start of the second painting in this series. I thought I'd show how I start the under painting with very basics shapes that will become the eventual forms. Also, how I measure the placement of the shapes against the canvas by marking the half way points, vertically and horizontally.

I've been really inspired by the Carol Marine Daily Painting book that I got in the mail last week. She talks a lot about her daily routine, how she made it a habit to paint every day, how she sets up her painting space and what inspires her.  I've been looking for a book like this for quite a while now-SO glad I found it! A few more tips I've learned from her book- how to avoid 'muddiness' in a painting, how to clean your brushes with Murphy's Oil Soap (it cleans and conditions your brushes at the same time. Love it!) and some tips on colors for your palette.  I was glad to learn that Carol uses a pretty limited palette and that most of the colors that she uses are the same ones that I use. Yay! No pressure to go out and buy more paint. (It's expensive!)

I'll leave you with a collage of a cute little theater we went to yesterday in Clayton, MO, called the High Pointe. We've been there a few times, but it's been a few years and I had forgotten how cool it is. It was built in the 1920s and almost everything in it has been kept the same over the years. It's definitely like stepping back in time. Only one screen (yesterday they were showing Mr. Turner. Click here to see the official trailer) and tickets were only $5.00! If you are in the area, you should definitely check it out :)

Have a great week!  Juli