Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Landscape Painting

Joseph, Cedric, and I found this great new landscaping spot quite close to home. It's at the merging point of a lake's run-off and the Kalamazoo River. There is a fishing hole for the family and lots of interesting trees and shadows for me. This first sketch shows a very idyllic summer experience of fishing and bathing in sunlight-Cedric and Joseph almost lost in a big, green world.

I've been using panels more and more this summer. I think for smaller pieces this is going to really be a habit. I'm using artist grade panels and panel primer from Robert Doak (NYC). Sometimes I use an imprimatura of Red Ochre or Raw Umber but usually I just leave them white until I know what will be painted on them.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Floral paintings


  I've been concentrating on floral paintings during this last month. It just happens that I reach for the flowers during the short Michigan summer. I enjoy plants with big, airy blossoms. My goal is to paint them beautifully, but not sentimentally. It's hard to find the right terms for what I mean.

New Studio Set Up At Last

May 1st we moved into a unique loft-style space in Plainwell, Michigan. I have a studio as the back half of our family space. Joseph and I painted it to add class and cut down on bounce-back light on painting projects. You can see I have plenty of room for myself and atelier painters. One room has north light. The largest room has natural light or artificial light options. I'm finding the choices helpful. It gets boring painting in the same light day after day. This way I can move objects around until I find an inspiring view.