Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Crop

 First Crop - Painting #2

Yesterday I managed to finish reading "Daily Painting" by Carol Marine.  Inspired and ready to go, I went out back and picked the first couple of Valencias off the tree and set up this still life.  Painted it in one sitting, which is tough for me.  This is my first alla prima in quite a while!  I learned a bit from this one and now I'm ready to apply it to the next.  Whatever that may be!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Painting #1

On the easel: Saguaros in the San Tan mountains

The first painting of the year is something that I started before the holidays.  Anxious to try my new oils, I quickly went through some photographs and picked this one.  It's a scene from the San Tan mountains not too far from my house.  And I hate it right now, but I'm not going to go there and pick out all the reasons why.  Instead, I will enjoy the process and remember what went wrong with the previous painting.  Improve little by little.  I want to focus on the alla prima method so I'm going to have to set it aside for now and move to the next.  Time to loosen up and have fun with this!

I have been reading "Daily Painting" by Carol Marine these past few days.  I'm going to finish that book and move on to "Alla Prima II" by Richard Schmid.  I'm loving Carol's book because her story is so similar to mine.  It gives me hope.  Probably same level of fine art education, a design career, and at the beginning of her daily painting journey she did so while she was a new mom, painting during her son's naps.  My son won't nap most days anymore, so I have to wait until I put him to bed or paint while he's at preschool.  Carol says she hated her first painting as well.  Wiped the board clean and everything.  I like the daily painting format, painting small and often.  Not getting hung up over perfectionism or procrastination.  So that's what I'm going to do.

What's that saying... "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"?  That's where I am.  Painting 1.  Starting fresh. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Fresh New Start

 Commission piece "Bull Market" by Cynthia DiBlasi

This is the one piece that got me back into painting, after many years.  A chance commission out of nowhere for a new financial investment office.  My lucky bull.  I dusted off my paint, set to work and fell in love with the process all over again.  Spent way too much time on it than I should have.  I used my commission check to buy all new supplies.  Professional grade oils, nice new brushes, a copy of Alla Prima II by Richard Schmid, a new easel and a bunch of panels.  My resolution for 2015 is to read a little and paint every day, even if it's for just 10 minutes and see what happens.  Thanks for stopping by!