Monday, August 28, 2006
I ran across this old self portrait, and just had to drag it out and use it. It was done in the mid-late '80s I think and is pretty large - a full sheet of watercolor paper at least, what is that 22 x 30? I forget. Anyway - it makes me laugh.
Painted in my studio from photo reference. I like trees. They are very similar to doing portraits of people in many respects - tree portraits. I would love to be a landscape painter - I like the whole idea of it and the weather is so suitable for it here in San Diego. But I don't have an affinity for it at all. I like this though, and I enjoyed painting it. This was done from a photo I took on a "failed" plein air painting day at San Luis Ray Mission.
Oil on board 6 x 8 - This little still life was done in my studio from a collection of oil painting lessons on CD-ROM that I purchased several years ago from Johnnie Liliedahl. I ran across the CD - I had forgotten about it, and thought it might be fun to give it a shot. It actually was fun. Not exactly my taste in subject matter, but it was fun to try and good practice.
Portrait class, Instructor Vanessa Lemen. This portrait was started in class from life and then worked on at home from a photo. It has some problems that need to be fixed, but mostly I am pretty happy with it. It feels like a bit of a "breakthrough" painting in a way, I was able to recognize some initial problems and then attack them with a boldness that I haven't had before. I am not certain that I will finish this portrait as it feels like it has served it's purpose for me already. We will see. Although now that I look at it one the web - maybe I will fix it....
This was painted in class 8-21-06. Instructor Vanessa Lemen, Fundamentals class. Not too much to say about the painting, pretty simple, painted with brush and knife. I love painting fruit. This is a good class, Vanessa is an excellent teacher. I missed out on a lot of fundamentals in college as I went to school at a time when the popular belief was that to actually teach anything would ruin the student creativity. Right.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I value my privacy. Or do I? Does a person who truly values privacy get on the internet and pour out their heart and soul to the world? Forget the heart and soul bit - how about just revealing your name and location, and your thoughts and email address....I just wasn't raised to do this. I was raised with unlisted phone numbers, and taught not to ask personal questions or give out ANY information, to anyone, for any reason. And yet here I am - writing for the world to see. Hmmm. I still have issues with this.