Have you ever tried to photograph wildlife? I have, and consider it an exercise in frustration. Many blurred images later, my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer, offered me the use of his images. Thanks so much, Ted.
I have been going through the photos I have taken of my paintings. I am trying to update them and have also been experimenting with taking new ones in different light.
I came across this portrait of one of my brother-in-laws cats, Rocky. He is a very quiet, sweet animal who very kindly posed so I could take several photos.
I've been practicing painting clouds lately, and this started out as a beach scene with fluffy clouds; then Donna loaned me this photo that is just so Florida to me and I changed my painting completely. I love these grassy vistas dotted with a few palm trees. Florida is not just Daytona, Miami Beach and theme parks. A vast amount of Florida looks just like this.
I have been very busy adding giclee' prints to my Etsy site. It has given me an opportunity to review some of my sold paintings. I have enjoyed visiting with these "old friends" and though I would post a few.
Today I wanted to show you this painting from a trip I took to Roma a few years ago. I rented an apartment in Campo di Fiori, which is historical piazza. One morning, I was surprised to see the piazza had been turned into a farmer's market for the day. These were real farmers selling their fresh, beautiful produce. I took lots of photos and when I returned home this was the first painting I created.
The painting has sold, but I am happy to offer it as a giclee' canvas print in numerous sizes. If you look closely, you may be able to see a few Italian words that I hid in the painting.
The giclee's are high quality canvas and inks, professionally printed, gallery wrapped and finished with a semi-gloss protective coating. They come to you ready to hang. This piece is available from 8x10x1.5" to over 24x36x1.5".
Carol posted a wonderful sky painting yesterday. Coincidentally that is what we did in group on Thursday, clouds and skies. Carmen gave a demonstration explaining her techniques and use of color and tone. She also told us about some other painters she had discovered on YouTube and how they went about their paintings. It was really interesting and so much fun to watch.
After the demo we set to work on creating our own paintings trying to use some of the tips Carmen gave us. I think the best suggestion she had was to experiment. Everyone approaches their canvas differently, depending on their style, what they see and want to convey. Even though I had several photos with me I decided to put them aside and just paint my whole canvas blue and then put in some clouds. I had no other plan. I just wanted to lay down some paint, mix some colors, try different approaches and see what happened.
After awhile the clouds seem to take shape and lead me in a certain direction. Some of the clouds wanted to stay light while other areas called to be darkened. Some of the canvas did not want to be clouds or sky at all but the ocean. One little area demanded to be a piece of land!! It really was a great exercise in mixing, setting a mood and letting go.
It's nice to have a model that is always available and changes each time you paint it.
What are your favorite things to paint? I started off with simple still life, went through a flower stage and now find I am doing more landscape than anything else. My goals this year are many. I want to paint more larger pieces, more figurative pieces and to add quality giclee' prints to my website.
I hope I can stay on track. Do you have a plan for where you want to be 12 months from now? I would love to hear about it.
Keep painting and thank you for viewing my blog today.