Toy Sailboat, figure study
Yup! you guessed it ... another Joseph Bowler study. If you ever get a chance to look him up his work is incredable. And if you do happen to find the images that I used as a reference you'll probably scratch your head and say "What was Linda thinking?" her study looks absolutely nothing like Mr. Bowler's.
But that's the point. I'm not trying to "copy" his or any other artists work to be identical, lacking in distinction between the two. I'm studying how this artist chooses his color palette, executes shadows and reflections. Compostion is a big factor too.
But no matter who's work I'm "copying" or "actively studying" I hope that my style should always be recognizable.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and view my art -
Sand Castle Building - Figure Study
Today is another short post about this figure study - "Sandcastle Building" - Yes, it's based on another Joseph Bowler painting. The sweetness of the little sister watching her big brother build a sand castle just captured my heart. I loved the way Mr. Bowler used the reflective light in the white beach cover up to define the shape of the little girl's body.
So far I'm glad I took the plunge back into this challenge. It's keeping me motivated and focused both on painting and writing this blog.
Why is it so hard to get started on something you like to do? And once you do begin, do you ever say to yourself.... "what was my problem???... THIS makes me happy! why did I take me so long to get back into what I love to do!"
Well, that's how I'm feeling right now!
That's it for today.... back to the easel for me!
Enjoy the journey -
Shell Seeker - figure study
Today's blog post will be short... I promise...
Here's another quick study I painted based on another Joseph Bowler painting. I just love the way he captures the warmth of the sunlight on this little girl's back.
That's it for this post... see I told you... short and sweet. :)
I'm getting ready to send out my January 2017 Newletter - with upcoming class and workshop information, as well as new works and upcoming shows. So much to share - thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts.
Beach Buddies - figure study
Ok another wonderful day in my studo. It was cold and raining all day today ,,, but inside my world was colorful, cheerful, warm and cozy.
As I searched through the reference file folder I found a whole bunch of summertime and beach photos. I hooked up my computer to the large screen tv and it becomes a gigantic monitor. From here each image is projected on the full screen ... It's so large and clear... it feels like I'm right there on the beach with the kids.
This time I tried picking up the pace. I didn't want to spend to much time on the details or get caught up with the likeness. Instead I spend much of my time analyzing the water and reflection colors.
Recently I watch a video by an artist who uses a variation of the traditional primary color palette of red, yellow and blue. Instead he used what printers use on a printing press for his primary colors. These are CMYK in printing terms. the C stands for Cyan - which is a light blue, the M stands for Magenta - a bright pink, Y stands for Yellow and K stands for Black ( don't ask me how that happened).
I decided to give it a try... I found that I could mix just as many colors and more with these 4 colors. The colors seemed to bolder and brighter to me. I can't wait to show my students next week my new discovery!
I'll be teaching a beginner Acrylics Class at Artsplace in Cheshire, CT - it will run for 6 weeks on Tuesday nights. For more information you can click here.
Keep creating -
Sprinkler Fun - figure study
Day 2 and already I'm having to catch up! But it feels good to be back in my studio and being productive. I could tell, and so could my husband that I've been feel out of sorts lately. My creativity fuel tank was running low with the pressure of completing several commissions before and even after Christmas. But I'm on the other side now, Jobs completed. And ready for a fresh new challenge.
I was just listening to a podcast today called "Creative Warriors" -hosted by Jeffery Shaw the guest speaker Fawn Germer was talking about her book "Work-Life Reset " -I loved what she said "there are times in life we wish we could hit a reset button.... it doesn't mean you wipe out everything, it means you can take a fresh look, start anew and make empowering choices" . Wow - this really resinated with me today.
Here's a quick sketch I did with a marker and palette knife. It's of my two kids, Raymond and Veronica. The photo was taken back in 2005 - yikes.... 11+ years ago. Time seems to go by faster as we get older.
I can still remember this day. It was later in the afternoon and the font yard was warm and sunny. We moved the sprinkler around to find just the right spot. The sunlight hit the water sprays just right to cause a stunning halo around the both of them. Just on the other side of the big oak tree in the front yard the kids would set up a lemonade stand. Such fond memories.
I'll be working on a larger scaled version of this painting.... hoping to enter it in an upcoming show. I'll keep you posted.
A Cheerful Splash - figure study
A little hesitant at first but I decided to jump into the game!
Yes. I signed up for another 30 in 30 challenge with Leslie Saeta and her group of artists. It looks like over 500 artists have joined this time around. I was part of the very first 30 in 30 challenge back in 2013 and what a faboulous experience it was for me.
I'm going at things a little different this time. This time around I'm not looking to complete a painting. My focus is to build a daily habit of painting/drawing. I realized over the past year my studio habits slacked off substantially. I was busy with other commitments which pulled me away from my studio and the time at the easel. What makes this even more frustrating is that over the summer we renovated the basement making my studio even bigger and full of natural light. It's a beautiful place to paint, create and just relax.
So why wasn't I painting more? There are many reasons and I don't want to bore you with the details, but let's just say I can see where my priorities need to change and time management is a skill I need to work on. :)
My theme this challenge is figure studies or sketches. With a large file folder of reference material at hand, I'm planning to work in acrylics, on newsprint starting with a quick sketch done in a sharpie marker.
I don't intend to sell these studies they are just for my reference but I'm happy to share my work and to encourage my students that it isn't always about the final product. It's about enjoying and exploring the process. It's about consistency and showing up on a daily basis to do what you love to do.
It's not about perfection, it's about being true to yourself... and willing to share that authenic self with others. To be confident that this process requires mistakes in order to grow. But it all circles back to showing up, doing your best with what you've got and leaving the rest to God.
Some of these studies or sketches will turn into completed paintings and others will remain just that, a study.
The first sketch of the series is titled "A Cheerful Splash" ... it's just how I'm feeling now about the beginning of a new year! New Hope!
This figure study is based on a painting by artist Joseph Bowler. I absolutely love his work. He began his career in 1948 as an illustrator and now is an American Master Portrait Artist.
One of the most beneficial tools any artists has today to learn and improve their skill is the internet. I spend time researching artists that inspire me. I'll gather images into a folder on my computer and either in my sketchbook or on newsprint I'll sketch or do color studies to really study the paintings of master artists.
I'll ask myself, what is it that attracted me to the painting in the first place. Is it the colors? the subject? the mood? the composition? the contrast of light and dark? By actively studying a master's work I have gained so much valuable insight... I see these studies as mini art lessons by that master.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog - I look foward to posting and sharing my figure studies over the next 29 days.
Peace and blessings,
Branford, CT 06405
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