"Waiting for the Train", oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 8 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Over the past year I've taken so many shots of places, events, people and things all around Connecticut and I'm looking forward to sharing these inspirations with you.
Getting Back on Track
One of the reasons I'm loving this painting challenge is it's getting me back on track not only with painting daily but the follow through. Painting is actually the easiest part for me it's staying on task after the painting is completed because there's so much more behind the scenes i.e. image editing, updating website, marketing/posting etc. that goes into selling artwork. But it feels good at the end of the day going through the routine and completing all 21 steps because I know I've got to do it again... tomorrow! I'll continue to share with you my other reasons and insights on taking on a 30 day challenge that might encourage you to do the same.
Roll'n through the Autumn Colors
From Sept.-Dec. last year I travelled several times per week up to the tip of Connecticut's Northwest corner to visit my son at boarding school in Salisbury, CT. It's one hour and 37 min. drive some highway but mostly along Rt. 44. It was more of a treat than a chore (you know exactly what I mean if you've ever driven CT Rt. 44 in Autumn) It's like... rolling through the brightest most brilliant painter's palette! .Here's a place I would stop along the way: The Union Station in Canaan, CT.
"Better known as the oldest operating Union Station in the United States, the historic Victorian era Union Depot of Canaan, Ct. continues to be known as the heart of the town. This grand, wooden structure was born in the heyday of the development of railroads in New England, and miraculously has survived until Fire caused it to almost be completely destroyed on October 13, 2001" -(directly quoted from www.canaanunionstation.org website.)
Many afternoons around 3:30pm I would pull into the station to watch the conductor slow the train down to a crawl, stop, jump off and run ahead to switch the track then climb back aboard to cross over Rt. 44. Mixing together all the colors of the locomotive, the depot, the autumn leaves it was a picture beckoning me to paint!
Join in the Journey
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Autumn Colors, 8 x 10 oil on canvas
As we traveled back from Ivoryton yesterday. We made a quick stop a the most picturesque Autumn farm. The rich jewel toned colors of autumn graced this farm, pumpkin patch and garden. The indigo blue lake behind the farm just sealed the picture. I snapped away. Every where I turned something more beautiful capture my attention. I made a half hearted attempt to coax Dean onto the tractor to pose for a picture but he just gave me that look and strolled past me. “One day, Dean, we’ll have a farm like this with lots of animals a tractor of your own.”... I know it’s wishful thinking but why not dream big and colorful!
But for now I get to paint our garden at home... and I'm thankful for that!
A Crisp Winter Steam, 8 x 10, oil color study
No. 6 in this month's color study.
Although my painting is much looser than the more detailed landscape I was studying, I found that blocking in large color shapes is the beginning of a very strong composition. My palette was much more intense and vibrant but what they have in common is the mood that these colors palettes share is a crisp wintery atmosphere.
I'm beginning to like this exercise even more now than when I started. With less attention to detail I can concentrate on the larger shapes and how dynamic each shape plays in the composition.
Did you know?
... based on the Article How Does Color Affect Learning? published on eHow Mom. com website..
Color at Home
Parents can create a creative environment in the home to inspire creativity and learning. Starting at infancy, a colorful bedroom is beneficial to the learning of a baby. Babies that have colorful bedrooms, increase intelligence at a faster rate than babies who do not have colorful bedrooms. The use of colorful toys and decor for infants and children alike, creates a fun environment as well as a learning environment. Color can affect mood. Warm colors can induce a comfortable feeling and bright colors can induce the feeling of excitement.
Colorful Bedroom Memories
When I was a little girl my mom had decorated my 1st bedroom with bold primary colors and my bedspread had large numbers and letters on it. By middle school we moved into a different house and in 7th grade we decided to paint my room emerald green and paint a huge rainbow going from one side all the way to the other side of the room. When I became a mom, the first thing I wanted to do was paint the bedrooms, the girls had a pink room with Winnie the Pooh decor and the boys had a blue room with Noah's ark theme. I'm not sure if any of us increased our intelligence at a faster rate with all these colorful rooms but what I do know is that the color if the room definitely effects your mood and energy level.
Fall at the Pond, 5 x7 oil, color study
No. 3 Color Study
Here's no. 3 in the color study series I'm working on this month.
I'm working from a book by Walter Foster called The Art of Oil Painting. There are so many wonderful artists in this book with step by step instructions and techniques to creating beautiful paintings.
I also want to share with you more on the article I found in eHow mom. com
Did you know?
Children Remember Colors Better Than Verbal Cues
A study conducted in 1999 by Vuontella, showed that children remember color cues better than verbal cues. Combining lesson material with colors can help children to memorize information. For instance, flash cards with facts can be presented with colored backgrounds. Each fact can have a different colored background. The students will associate the color with the fact, helping them to recall the information.
I've been using color code systems for a long time in my i calendar program and it works great. I block out times and select a category say painting and drawing time is purple, travel time is golden yellow, family time is red and me time is light blue. Then when I glance at the week I can see if my scheduled time is balanced between work and family time and then everything else in between.
Painting by William Schneider
Artist: William Schneider:
"After trying out careers in the music and financial industries, Bill Schneider has returned to his first love: painting. He studied at the American Academy of Art and has won awards in several national juried shows. Bill's work is represented by galleries in California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Wisconsin and has been published in American Artist's Magazine as a finalist in the Portrait Category of their annual Art Competition,"
Bill Schneider's tip:
this quick field study that I painted on site helps me gauge the actual colors I observed in this scene. When painting fall colors, the natural tendency is to make them too intense. Try this experiment when painting outdoors: Tie a yellow or red piece of cloth to a tree, and you'll be able to see how much grayer the leaves really are in comparison."
Here's the second in this series of color studies I'm working on this month.
I happen to come across this article in eHow Mom website about:
How Does Color Affect Learning? Although this is geared toward classroom students and children I think it's worth reading. Hope you find it interesting too.
Color Encourages Learning
Children learn and retain information longer when color is used in educational material and in the classroom. Eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Color simulates the visual sense and encourages the retention of information.
Note: my scanner didn't want to read the colors right in this image and even thought I tried to make color adjustments in my photo editing program... it's still not close to the original print.
Desert Casita by Michael Obermeyer
Artist: Michael Obermeyer: A native of southern California, Michael Obermeyer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at California State University.
Michael's tip: by making quick thumbnail sketches of the subject you can determine the emphasis of the scene.
NOTE ABOUT ARTIST: I listen to a weekly talk radio program called Artist's Helping Artist, hosted by Leslie Saeta, on their March 15,2012 show Michael Obermeyer was a guest. It was a fantastic interview and lots of great information. If you want to hear more recorded shows just this link Artist's Helping Artist blog talk radio.
A fantastic Event last night at the United Cerebral Palsy Charity Golf Event!
I regret not taking a few photos so you'll just have to take my word for it.. the place (Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT- click on the link for website)
was filled with golfers, friends, family, volunteers and golf enthusiasts!
Thank you Gary and Kendra Montano for the invitation and honor to be apart of a wonderful event for a good cause. One painting was raffled off and the other was in a silent auction.
All in all, it was a lot of work in a short period of time but I'm so glad I had a chance to participate in a very worthy cause and enjoy a wonderful evening with my family.
Thanks to my Dad, step-mom Carol, Aunt Cathy,Kendra and Gary!
A marvelous Saturday morning at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford... so incredible beautiful!
I joined up with the CT Plein Air Painters Society for a Paint Out here in West Hartford. I met Carol, Judith and Liz from the group.
It was so hard to decide which place to choose every where you turned... another amazing vignette waiting to be painted! It was like a symphony of colors playing so gracefully in the bright sunlight.
Since I didn't have an umbrella with me I chose a shady spot across the road way. The Tunnel of rose trellis' spoked off the center gazebo from 4 sides. I stopped counting at 25 but there must have been close to 50 volunteer gardeners carefully pruning and attending to all the rose bushes.
Getting acclimated to the bright light of the outdoors.. this painting appears heavily saturated and dark... I'll need to do a few adjustments in my studio. I'll post a few more photos of the park soon.
18th Hole Grassy HIll CC, oil on canvas 16 x 20, commissioned for silent auction UCPA Tournament 2012
Here's the two paintings that were picked to be in the silent auction and raffle for this year's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit UCPA of Southern Connecticut at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT. I put the final touches on this painting this morning. The frames arrived yesterday... just in time.
Now all I need to do is wait for the paint to dry, frame and package them for Monday's event. And, as a special surprise I was invited to attend the banquet dinner Monday evening! I feel honored to join in on this event... yet a little nervous... those stupid thoughts always race through my head... 'what if no one bids on it?"... I know this is very common among artists when it comes time for a gallery opening or reception. No matter how long an artist has been working at their profession, when it comes down to the wire whether it's unveiling a commissioned piece or presenting a body of work at a gallery, I don't think that twinge of doubt every really disappears. I wonder why? If you have any insights or comments please feel free to share them. Or if you know of a truly confident artist that never experiences "doubt"... let me know... I would love to have a conversation with... him or her....
p.s. I'll let you know how the silent auction and banquet go... until then.... maybe I'll paint something with a little less green :)
Last week I was commissioned to paint 2 paintings of the Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT for a silent auction fundraiser. Wow! How exciting... now where do I start? First I had to wait for the rain to clear and the sun to shine. That didn't happen until Wednesday afternoon. Allsion, my step daughter and I headed down around 4pm to snap a few shots of the golf course. It was a beautiful afternoon and the clouds were white and puffy.
The next few days I spent sketching and painting small color studies. A total of 6 all together. See paintings below. I'm waiting for approval on which two will be chosen so I can paint those on a larger canvas. I'll post both of them when I'm finished. These small 9 x 12 studies are available for purchase... see my shop page.
After doing a little research on the internet to find golf course paintings to inspire me and not having much luck... I hopped on over to a familiar site ... Kathy Cousart's Fine Art website. Kathy is an amazing painter. She loves to paint Georgia bull dogs, golf courses, animals still life and much more. Here's her website if you want to check out her work.http://www.kathycousart.com. I admire Kathy's work tremendously, her loose brushwork, and sophisticated color palettes make viewing her work a delight.
One particular painting that grabbed my attention was Idle Hour. This painting inspired me to get out my paints and brushes, mix a few colors.... see what happens.... I know the colors are a bit strong but it was enough to get me in the mood to think green.
Branford, CT 06405
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