Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Sand Day

I haven't quite finished this one.  I need to make a few more adjustments and I should be finished.  I like the direction that it is headed though.  

I was so inspired by Carol Marine's beach scene painting that I took some photos of my own and painted one of them.  Initially, there were three little girls in my painting, but one of them was giving me a problem, so I removed her and brought the ocean waves around.  My friend made a funny comment about that.  She said something like "what if life was like that?  If someone is problematic, you simply paint them out of it."  That sounds like it may have been an episode of The Twilight Zone.  

Here are the before and after, but like I said, I haven't finished yet!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spoon Up

Another lunch time project.  I am still having fun with metal and grays.  The photo was taken by my co-worker with his iPad.  I liked yesterday's fork better, but at least I am painting!  I got a little too fussy with this, still wanted to make some adjustments and I forgot to sign it, but there is only so much time on your lunch hour.  It's the journey that's important, and not the end result!
Spoon Up

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lunch Fork

I haven't had a chance to sit down with my notes and upload the rest of my photos from Carol Marine's workshop, but I promise I will!  Today, I needed to paint, so on my lunch hour, I played with grays.  Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and white.  This was fun!  I wanted to add something else to the painting:  maybe an orange or lemon.  Maybe next time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Second Day at Carol Marine's Workshop

Yesterday was my  second day at Carol's workshop. She started off with another fabulous demo.  She makes it look so easy!!!  I'm new at the blogging stuff, so I haven't quite figured out how to properly format the posts as I would in Microsoft Word!  So, please forgive the wonky formatting.

The progression of Carol's demo is below:

Next up were value studies using only burnt umber.  We were given a very short period of time in which to do them.  Time really FLIES!!  It is an EXCELLENT exercise as it teaches you to see the values better.
Here are my value studies of an apple and a lime (in case you can't figure out what those blobs of paint really are.

After lunch, we returned to do 10 minute exercises.  There is no lollygagging in Carol's workshop!  We did six 10 minute exercises.  We divided our 6x6 canvases into quarters and had 10 minutes to paint one object.   She said she sees more people progress during this exercise than in any other.  After doing them, I get it.  I definitely felt the progress.  She also makes you clean off your palette after every exercise so that you don't make the same mistakes that you made in the first exercise.

Don't laugh at my paintings.  We only had 10 minutes!
I became really tired of the lime, so I switched to the orange slice and enjoyed it immensely!
I seem to be missing the final photo of my first attempt.  I will take the picture tonight and repost.

Time to shower and had to the 3rd day of her workshop!

Monday, May 14, 2012

My first day at Carol Marine's workshop

Well, as exhausted as I was today, the am thrilled to be in Carol Marine's workshop in Sedona, Arizona. Yesterday was exhausting because I spent Sunday morning packing, flying, driving and unable to sleep well at all because of the excitement of finally attending one of her workshops.  Surprisingly, a lot of the students are from California.  Carol spent most of the morning instructing and then finished off the morning with a fabulous demo. First, I will post my painting:  two green apples and a lemon.  After that, I am posting Carol's beginning, middle and finished versions of her demo.  Gorgeous, of course.