I painted this quick pomegranate and then forgot all about it until today. And I actually really like it. It was a spur of the moment decision when I needed a break from the commission piece I am currently working on.
I decided last week that I am working too much from photos and I need a break, work from life and remember my college classes where we all painted the same set up or model.
There is a health food store right next to the studio where I take a studio class on Wednesday night. I found the cutest teeny red apple there. While I am trying to work on some tweaks to my techniques, I also want to keep the set up simple and what is more simple and yet still visually appetizing than an apple?
So, I set this up on some white paper, adjusted the natural vs. room lighting and had at it. The is the first of two apples that I worked on that night.
And last, but certainly in my mind, not least, there's Emily.
For a long time, there were not many girl kids on my mom's immediate side of the family. Mom was the oldest of 6 and the only girl child. She in turn had 3 children; myself, my big brother and my little sister. The rest of the cousins for many years were boys. 8 more boys. It was 9 to 2 for years. Then came along Emily and later, her sister Jacklyn and our cousin Cassie. My sister and I were thrilled. Finally, more girls to try to even things out in a very old-fashioned, male-centric family. Poor Emily had to grow up with 3 older brothers. But from a very early age, she had steel in her gaze, holds her own with the brothers and they would kill just about anyone that would hurt their little sis.
Today things are still lop-sided somewhat. My family has gained more girl children with the next generation of kiddos which consist of 6 boys and 4 girls...so far.
So even though Emily and I don't get to see each other nearly as much as I'd like and are separated by twenty-something years, we are just. like. that. (Holds up crossed fingers) and I hope she knows that in years to come, no matter what, she can always give me a call to bail her out of trouble.
And here we have the next sibling in line, my cousin Luke. Luke and my son are almost the same age so I've always been able to call my Aunt, who has two other sons along with Luke and ask..."Is this normal?" quite often.
I've never, ever seen Luke mad or upset. Whenever I think of how to describe him, the first word to cross my mind is "happy".
I love painting with broad, big strokes and with a nice and loose look. Two of my favorite artists who are experts at this style are Carol Marine and Karin Jurik. These women both make their living with their art, which is my dream. Not only do they work on paintings on a daily basis, they also travel the country teaching workshops...also a dream of mine.
Carol and her husband David, have created and run a website that I belong and post to called dailypaintworks.com. The site is a large community of painters who post and sell their paintings but also help and support each other. I am eternally grateful for the generosity of Carol and David. Recently, Carol shared her story on the new site area Artbytes, which is a combination of technique and real-world experiences. She unselfishly shares with the rest of the painting community. The biggest tip she can give painters that are working toward developing their talents is "do something with your art every day". (I am paraphrasing, but this is the point.) The painting above is the first of what I hope is the beginning of my daily painting.
My son leaves for college in a little over a year. Maybe he won't be the only one in the family taking some big steps.
This is Josh. He is the 2nd eldest son of my Aunt and Uncle. I really love how this painting came out. The original photo that I was given to use for him was sort of unflattering when I removed him from the rest of the group, so I ripped one off of his Facebook page and worked with it. I'm thinking if I showed him the first picture, he would thank me for that.
I gave my Aunt a painting of her youngest child for Christmas. Almost immediately after, my uncle asked me to paint the other 4 children for her birthday in April so that she would have a complete set. This is Michael, the oldest son. The other three children follow!
I have now completed several monochromatic paintings. For these I used an Old Williamsburg paint called Italian Black Roman Earth. This stuff was super thick, had a nice warm grey base adn dried super, super quick. I definitely need to get back to color now!