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."
Morning Whites, oil on canvas 12 x 12
I just loved the color combination of the white daisies with the eggs and coffee cup. Although my original intention was to paint a white on white painting. I’m happy with the end results.
Staying Inspired ALL the time isn't easy especially when the daily life of raising kids and running a household demand so much of my time. I love to ready inspiring stories about others who have found a way to shine in this world. We can all get caught up in the busy-ness of life but it's those who have found their passion or calling and then ... go for it... seeking to make a difference in this world.... I admire tremendously.
Richard Robinson is one of those people. Although I have never met him personally, I admire all his efforts in helping artists become better. His willingness to share his gifts and his knowledge freely is a blessing for everyone.
Lilies and Limes, oil on canvas 12 x 12, SOLD
I purchased these lilies on Monday and it was quite the challenge to keep them away from my cat Jac! He just loves flowers and he’d follow me around the house hoping I’ll place the bouquet down on a counter he could reach. I purchases these at Trader Joe’s in West Hartford. I love their flowers... always fresh and very reasonably priced. It wasn’t until today that I found the perfect vase to display them in. I spotted this glass pitcher in a consignment shop called New to U Consignment in Wallingford.
The Daily Paintwork’s Challenge this week is Easter and I really wanted to enter the challenge. Although I’m not sure what limes have to do with Easter. I like they way they balanced out the composition and the colors complimented each other.
THIS PAINTING SOLD RIGHT OFF THE EASEL!
Lilies and Limes Study, oil on gessoboard, 6 x 6
I have found that each time I do a preliminary sketch before I dive into the oil paints it gives me a framework or structure to go by. By working out the shapes and contours of an object with pencil or ink first frees me up to think about other aspects of oil painting.
Here's my process:
1. pencil sketch (usually done in my sketchbook journal)
2. sharpie marker outlines with watercolor wash
3. small color study in oil, usually 6 x6
4. paint larger format, in this cases I painted a 12 x 12
Welcoming Spring Study, oil on gesso board, 6 x 6
Every year it just surprises me so when I see these sweet little green steams emerge from the brown soil. And over night out busts a beautiful blossom. These daffodils were cut from our garden yesterday and when I brought them inside they just brighten up the kitchen so much!
Just a few days ago I watch a mini art lesson by Richard Robinson. Richard is a young and extremely talented artist from Australia. His mini art instructional videos are so informative and definitely worth viewing several times.
The video I watched was on The Spotlight Effect and how to create a visual focal point in your painting by using this technique.
This Week's Studio Tip: Painting Lessons by well-known artist Richard Robinson delivered right to your inbox! How Sweet!
I'm not sure how I came across this website, www.livepaintinglessons.com but I love all the freebies Richard has to offer. It's worth signing up for his mini art lessons delivered right to your in-box. Here's a sample lesson...
Brown Bottle, Green Apple and Rose oil on canvas 9 x 12
My husband loves to collect glass bottle and I enjoy painting them. This time the bottle was a delight to paint and so was the apple... the rose, well that was a bit of a challenge. It’s taken me a few hours to decide I like it and not to fiddle around with it, again. Many times when I can’t quite get something to look just so... I pull out my art books or watch a video, look at other artist’s work..... this time I did all three!
Later this evening I watch a painting demo on roses to see if I could get a few tips. The video was from ArtTVClick and the artist was Heidi Moran, here’s a link:
her technique is very loose and I love the way she dances the brush across the canvas. What she did say that intrigued me was every painting she paints she starts off very enthusiastic to paint and then there’s a point where she she questions herself and final she gets to the stage where she accepts the fact she’s not as in love with it and says (I’m paraphrasing) “I’ve just learned something for the next painting”. I really this philosophy... it’s saying every painting is a stepping stone for the next painting.
And each painting teaches you something .... so the moral of the story is... keep painting and painting and painting.
Studio Tip: Art Lessons in your pajama?
I found Art Click.TV a while ago when searching for video art lessons. I just love the wide variety of lessons and diverse instructors they have to offer. For on a small monthly fee you can gain access to a wide variety of art lessons... or pay as you go. It was worth it for me because I learn so much from each video and the best part.... I can watch any video at any time and EVEN IN MY PAJAMAS!
Practice, Practice, Practice, oil 12 x 16
Trying to put yesterday’s fiasco behind me I decide to dedicate this day to practice. Going back to the basics. I downloaded two “Artbytes” which are online tutorials from www.dailypaintworks.com . Carol Marine does a great job with these educational and informative tutorials.
I created a color mixing chart and painting this pear 8 different ways. It was fun, relaxing and of course... while under the spotlight the pear said, “see I can be so much more playful, animated and colorful when you don’t go after me with the butcher’s knife.”
Studio Tip: Daily Paintworks ArtBytes are fantastic mini art tutorials... two thumbs up!(click on the image below to link to tutorials)
White Jar with Pear oil on canvas 11 x 14
Today's Studio Tip: One of the most convent ways for me to learn a new technique or brush up on some basics is by watching art instructional videos. There's many ways to find these videos. You tube has a thousands? just search for a topic and your sure to find a how to videos. I'm a big fan of artclicktv.com.
Many of the videos I've seen date back a few years but the information is still relevant and the instruction is easy to follow. One of my favorite instructors is Craig Nelson. I like both his painting and teaching style. Here’s a demo piece I created from watching a video by Craig Nelson.
The video title is: A Solid Start in Oil Painting. Covering all the basics with so much more valuable information to absorb.... here's the link.
Still Life Painting with Craig Nelson
Branford, CT 06405
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