Mel and I have added one to our little group of daily painters. Meg, a friend who used to be a part of our photography social circle is serious about learning to paint and the three of us have built an ongoing texting conversation to share what we are doing and learning. I can’t express how motivating this is for me. Since Mel likes me to share her work and progress alongside mine, this is what we have been up to this week.
I made some progress on this family masterpiece. I keep getting bogged down by it because I want it to be perfect. I want to feel the satisfaction that I felt when I finished Eliza, but another part of my paralysis is what I want to do with it. Initially I was planning to give it to my father-in-law, the subject of the painting, but my sister-in-law-in-law wants it and offered $20 when I told her how fun some of my family auctions were when I painted little pictures of my siblings. Now I am torn. Would my father-in-law prefer having it in his own home, or prefer seeing it in the home of one of his children?
Mel did this one on canvas and it is worthy to be called her first painting for her online gallery once we launch! Go Mel! 1 of 30
This is the beginning of a painting that I started this week. I didn’t use my usual trace and paint method in an attempt to use a looser painting style. It’s not going too well. I might start over with a different approach. I have been rereading a book called “Daily Painting” by Carol Marine and wrote about how she approaches a color pallet. I made a couple of color wheels to help me with this painting and have learned quite a bit.
Here is where I get a little art geeky. Above, we have a color wheel with almost no white. I am combining Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Yellow. If you can read my notes, it points out a few things that I was shocked by, for example: The transparent blue mixed with a little opaque yellow made the blue darker and adding opaque white to the transparent purple made it darker. Crazy, eh?
These are the same colors, but I have added opaque white to all of the transparent colors to make them all opaque. Where they meet in the center is supposed to be grey, but there was no way I could figure out how to get grey with this specific combination of primary colors. Does this mean that if I am painting with these three colors that grey=muddy green?.
This is just a darling painting Mel did of her daughter using a photo as a reference. She whipped this out in 5 hours! She isn’t selling this in her gallery, it is too sweet.
And last, we have Mel experimenting on paper instead of canvas. She thought that mentally she would be less of a perfectionist if there was no way it could end up in her gallery, hence painting on paper instead of canvas.
Do you see, reader, what creative juices I am getting to marinate in? It’s like I am in an art homeschool with three students and we are building our own curricula!