An update after a long time

Yep, I’ve been delinquent. Haven’t been to this blog for a long, long time. It can get overwhelming. I have three “main” blogs! That’s too many blogs.

But I’m going to try to be more regular in my updating from now on. We’ll see how that works.

In this post I’m just touching base, posting a few new paintings, and explaining where I’m going from here.

First, the paintings:

“Stare,” 8×8″ oil on Gessobord. Thanks to djwar93 on DeviantArt for the stock photo I used as inspiration!

This was painted last month, and was an exploration of warm and cool light. I also was transfixed by the intense expression on the model’s face.

“Mr. Stinky” oil on panel, 8×8″.

And yes, I do cat portraits too! This is a household cat, who has some Maine Coon in him (we think). This painting was done earlier this year. Mr. Stinky has now fallen ill. 🙁 I’m so glad I did a portrait of him when he was feeling (and looking) healthy.

So anyway, these two paintings were done in the last six months or so, and the improvement I see is mainly due to some much-needed instruction I received from a young, brilliant artist, Adam Clague. I don’t feel I’m a novice in painting, or drawing, but I was dissatisfied with my understanding of color (as in interpreting the color I see) and Adam has helped me immeasurably with that!

So now my blog will not only talk about art materials (a favorite passion) but I can also impart tidbits of wisdom about color, that I’ve gleaned from my time spent learning from Adam. (Thank you again, Adam! 😀 )

What I’ve learned about color is more complex than just “harmonious” color, color combinations and so forth (which I learned in art school and which I think—hope—I understand to some small extent) but the “rules” of how color falls upon the objects we see, what colors turn “warm” and when, what colors turn “cool” and why, and so forth. Understanding these principles makes for more evocative color, more “real” and convincing color. But you don’t throw out what you know about color combinations either, color schemes and so forth. You use all these bits of knowledge to your painting.

Needless to say, my grasp of all of this is still in progress. I feel a bit sheepish, but at the same time supremely excited! To think it took me this long to learn this! And yet this happens all the time, to many artists, of all ages and stages in their art career. And we shouldn’t feel ashamed at all, just grateful and excited that we’re now finally starting to “get” it.

So that’s my update for now. Hopefully from now on, my posts will be a little more regular.

Nostalgia (a painting by a 19-year-old me!)

I found some old paintings buried in the garage, and found a few to be interesting enough to bring inside. Some of these paintings bring back such good memories, of simpler times and of loved ones that are now no longer with us.

This painting, done when I was 19, was a gift for my father’s birthday. For reference, I used a photo taken by one of my sisters of our six-toed cat. My dad loved that cat.

Getting this painting digitized was a challenge because it was too big for my standard flatbed scanner (which scans up to 8-1/2 x 11 inches). I scanned the painting in parts and then pieced them together in Photoshop. I think that worked fairly well, so that’s great news!

Six-toed cat, oil on stretched canvas, 11×14 inches.