Well we're back to pumpkins... I can hardly believe we'll be heading in to October soon. We've had two weeks of glorious late summer weather, now the clouds are rolling in. I have this incredible urge to redecorate! One of the fringe benefits of being a painter is there's always something new on your walls. My latest grand idea is to sew a slip cover for my living room sofa, inspired by the sewing gurus on Project Runway. So now my living room has fabric scraps tossed all over and a cover is slowly emerging.
September 18, 2008
Working from photo and plein air studies to create a studio painting is very challenging. There is a tendency to rely on the photo too much so I try to look at the photo for a while then put it away and work from memory and the study.
September 7, 2008
Painting is extremely satisfying these days. It's been around four years since I started oil painting in earnest. I look back at the earliest attempts and cringe; but it is a wonderful record of progression. There is still a long way to go. My technique is acceptable but now I need to concentrate on composition and meaning.
September 6, 2008
This time of year I am usually busy working on still life of pumpkins and gourds, all things fall. Unfortunately we had such a mild and somewhat wet summer things we'd normally see at the farmers market are almost a month behind. So... I've been working on my timeless subjects and looking for decent imitation decorative fruits and vegies for subject matter, not an easy task!