Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Foliage

So, after spending a week in New Hampshire, all I could think about was the beautiful foliage. I decided to do a step by step lesson with my class so they could get a handle on painting all those leaves.   Though beautiful to view, trees can be overwhelming to paint. We painted our gray background with acrylic. After it dried we finished the painting in oils. The key is to see each tree as a single shape. This was accomplished by creating large dark silhouettes. Mid tones were carefully applied on top of the darks.  And finally we added the lights which helped zone in on the focal point of each painting.  Below are the results of Deb and Kathleen. Kudos to both!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Painting or illustration

So, when people ask what I do for a living, I sometimes hesitate. If I respond with "I'm a painter", they automatically picture me on a ladder painting their house. If I respond with I'm an illustrator, the integrity of my fine art seems to get lost. So I have learned to answer with "I'm an artist" pure and simple.  The painting below was inspired by a friend's facebook photo of her children sledding. The photo is just a starting place. It is what you do with it that makes a successful painting/illustration.  I wanted to add drama, thus the sunset.  I wanted it to feel familiar so I chose the Boston Common. I designed the sledders in a traditional "S" pattern, always a winning composition. So below is the original photo and the finished painting. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Coffee shop dreams

This piece was inspired by one of my students who has a beautiful collection of coffee pots. Perhaps one day she will use them in a quaint little coffee shop of her own.

 (12x12 available at the South Shore Art center holiday show, Nov-Dec)