Tuesday, June 24, 2014

High Cliff, Coast of MainebyWinslow Homer/ American Art

High Cliff, Coast of MainebyWinslow Homer/ American Art

(above link to image at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website)



I read a good article in the October 2012 issue of "The Artist's Magazine" written by Jerry N. Weiss, titled, "I cannot Do Better Than That".

The title quote is in reference to the oil painting, High Cliff, Coast of Maine,by Winslow Homer.  Apparently, he had showed this painting a lot for 9 years before it found a buyer.  It contributed to his frequent questioning of himself in his mid-life sales slump.  In his frustration he asked his gallery in Chicago, "Why do you not sell that "High Cliff" picture?  I cannot do better than that.  Why should I paint?"

The painting is very forceful and naturalistic, but beautiful.  Perhaps it wasn't a relaxing living room piece.



At any rate, I found the article interesting and can relate to Homer's struggle to equate sales of pieces that he felt were among his best with his sense of self worth.

Wet Paint June 2014

I think I'm still working on this piece.  I want to work in the foreground especially.  I'll re post an image when it's truly done.  I'd love to sell this one before I invest in the frame.  There are so many choices.  The one I like the best is a heavy, antique style gold.  It looks like a 200 year old painting in it, but that's not everyone's taste!
A plein air piece from last Friday.

Peonies with Green Glass and Apricots, 20x16 in. oil on panel, on hold

Beach Box Pastoral

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May Changes

It's a good month for them.  For changes.
I decided to simplify my life and forget about a "website" for a while.  I have the worst luck building or having one built for me.  It seems too personal to have someone else do without having too many of my own opinions about the layout  And when I do it?  It looks like I did with all of the little technical know-how I have within me.
JUNE NOTE:  AH, DECIDED TO KEEP THE WEBSITE...IN SPITE OF ITS IMPERFECTIONS.  THE GALLERIES ARE PRETTY HANDY.
So more power to the blog and Facebook studio gallery pages!  https://www.facebook.com/ThimganHaydenStudio

The painting below (speaking of changes) is a re-visit of a painting I did a year or two ago.  You can see the older one on the wall behind the easel and canvas.

Here's a pic of the original....will be getting a hand finished frame this year, by the way.

And now---with no website to fret over---I'm going to go paint!! or work outside in my fledgling cottage garden I'm attempting!!  Changes- hooray!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bluebird Trail ll Reloaded

Greetings!
Finally I can say that spring has taken hold here in Michigan.  It was a long time in coming this year!  I'm adding a new image of Bluebird Trail ll after having repainted a couple of passages of it that seemed to need some more care than the plein air visit afforded.

This 12 x 16 in. landscape is for sale through the Water Street Gallery  www.waterstreetgallery.com if you're local and want to take a look.
More new work on the way!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Life on The Slow Setting


This past month, I was feeling really cheerful and thankful for the time I had to enjoy household tasks.
One morning, I was standing on a dining room chair with one foot on the table cleaning the little chandelier that hangs there.  Granted, the sun was shining bright on the snow and in Michigan that does wonders for the heart at this time of the year.
 Like a lot of other people, I really bond with my house and want to have the time to enjoy taking care of it.  Not that it always works out that way.

It’s those times when I’m in the moment that give me an emotional boost.

I consider myself a sensitive person (or a highly sensitive person!).  I’m often overwhelmed with the size and number of the world’s problems.  I try to live in such a way that I effect positive change and it’s these little tasks, the joy of family, and the beauty of art and nature that keep me from stumbling over the sorrows outside of my sphere of influence.

And did I mention?  Bring on the spring!!



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dreaming in Lead White

I'm sure a measure of you can sympathize with lead white addiction in painting (no, not eating).  When I discovered it years ago, I was able to walk around with a knowing expression...I'd found one of the secrets of the Old Masters.
However, as I ran out of tubes of my lead white, I found myself a little nervous about ordering more.  Some may argue that it's fine.  It's a heavy pigment and isn't floating around trying to poison me.  But, I work at home a fair amount.  I work in my kitchen fairly often.  I have children and a lap dog.  I just would rather avoid it for a while.
SO! I was excited to find this blog post.  I'm going to experiment a bit and see if I like the home brew lead white substitute as described.  http://paintingperceptions.com/sounding-technical/the-great-lead-white-shortage
I'm really liking Oleogel and more recently Wilson's Medium from Natural Pigments.  Wilson't Medium gets sticky and rich quite quickly that can add some texture within one session.  Perhaps this lead white sub and Wilson's can get together and make something lovely!