November 10, 2009
November 6, 2009
October 29, 2009
September 29, 2009
September 28, 2009
Oil on canvas panel 6x8
I painted this miniature in a workshop taught by Joni Falk at Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Multiple fresh flower arrangements were provided to create dramatic still life paintings. This was my first experience with small canvases and tiny brushes. I usually paint with the largest brush possible or even a palette knife. The detail does not show in this photograph of the painting.
June 28, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 25, 2009
I began my studies with Ted back in 2001 when I lived in Fountain Hills, AZ. He was a new instructor at Scottsdale Artist's School teaching figurative watercolors from photographs. Ted keenly observes people and brings them to life right in front of our eyes as he intuitively places each stroke of color on the paper. He would begin each day with interesting stories about his paintings, perhaps a slide presentation, and always a fascinating demonstration. I would sit in awe watching him paint and hang on his every word as he shared his thoughts and explained the process. I learn best by watching; I really didn't care if I worked at my easel.
I continued to study with Ted for several years and used vintage photographs of my parents and grandmother as reference. I added grandchildren and uncle to my "gallery." I also like to paint jazz musicians and if you check my first posts on this blog you will see some of my early paintings.
Ted now teaches watercolor workshops throughout the country. Visit his website, Tednuttall.com to view his award winning paintings. He remains true to his style and his demonstrations continue to be spellbinding. Ted generously shares his knowledge of art and his philosophy of life.
In this photo I am working on a painting of my son, Gregg. As you see, the hands are yet unpainted . Hands are difficult and I procrastinated as long as I could. You will see the finished painting on my next post.
May 11, 2009
May 7, 2009
As you can see, this is not a masterpiece. Nor is it a painting to be displayed in a frame. It was an exercise at the workshop. However, if you would like to make me an offer I can't refuse!
May 6, 2009
He furnished a grayscale reference photo for class use. We were to paint this face using any color (the more colors the better) and only concentrate on correct value. In his opinion, the color doesn't matter if you have the value correct.
May 5, 2009
When I began my blog last year I was posting one painting every day. I was using photographs of paintings created over many years. Some of you marveled how I could paint a new painting every day! I assured you that I could not. As you can see, I have had trouble creating a new painting each month.
I find that the creative juices are not always flowing. I must be inspired to begin a painting. If I am not, that blank white paper on the easel is difficult to face. For whatever reason, I could not ascend the stairs to my studio and wet those brushes.
I decided I needed to attend a workshop to get back in the groove.
My thanks to all of you who have faithfully looked at my blog and have encouraged me along the way. Painting is a very solitary task and it is always good to hear from you, even if it is to "scold" me about my blog.