Sunday, October 31, 2010


"Blue Ribbon"  Watercolor (sold)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's About Time

I have recently been reading about the importance of doing still-life painting on a regular basis to hone skills.  That has always sounded grueling to me, so I have opted for plein air painting, painting from photos, splashing paint on paper randomly, just about anything to avoid still life.  However, I realize that usually what I avoid is what I need the most, and also that I need to do something to work on my problem areas (that covers a lot of ground!).  So, last night I decided to bite the bullet and "just do it."  I set up a small still life and, working in watercolor, began to paint a little study it.  I actually had FUN!  I've decided to do the same study in oil.  Maybe I'll finish them, maybe I won't.  But I can already feel the energy and excitement building within me.  I guess this really is what I needed.  Go figure!

Still life with white pitcher...watercolor in progress!

Friday, October 22, 2010

One week, two workshops!

The week of 10/11 through 10/16 was QUITE a week, and I am finally finding time to update.  Monday through Thursday, I was at a Fred Graff  watercolor workshop learning to loosen up, be more creative, and have fun with experimenting and pushing the envelope while paying attention to composition, shapes, and values.  Saturday found me at a Ken Kirkland pastel workshop and guess what?  I heard a lot of the same words!  Composition, shapes, values!  Wonderful reinforcement!  And, even though it was a different medium on Saturday, luckily the same principals apply, so the transition was virtually seamless.

My watercolor from Fred Graff's workshop
Some additional photos from Fred's workshop:

Deanna at work
Ann finishing up

Karen thinking of Stonington

A very focused group

Sally contemplating

Wanda and Sue concentrating

Karen again...

Sandy's sailboat painting

Ken Kirkland's pastel workshop was also great fun. See for yourself!

My painting from the Ken Kirkland pastel workshop

Ken doing his demo

The whole gang

 Putting in the finishing touches

Capturing a good likeness

Getting those values right

Almost finished

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Same time last year...

The colors of autumn remind us of the warm days we are leaving behind and the cooler months ahead.  They invite us to remember jumping in piles of leaves and drinking hot apple cider.  They remind us that life is cyclical.

"Morning Mist"  Oil

Morning Mist was painted one very misty morning last Fall behind Skyview Lodge in Brunswick, Ohio.  The scene overlooks the spectacular colors of the valley and orchard behind the party center (a lovely place for wedding receptions by the way!).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October, Apples, and a finished painting...finally!

"Drama Queens" Pastel

The painting above is the result of an almost magical evening I spent painting with friends at Geig Orchards in Seville, Ohio.  This painting was posted previously on September 5, as a "work in progress."   

And, by the way, you can visit Geig Orchards and experience the magic for yourself.  A really good time to do so would be during the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour the weekend of October 9-10, 2010.  In addition to the apples, apple butter, and other edible goodies, there will be some inedible goodies.  Local artists will be exhibiting their paintings, created in Geig Orchards and other areas of Medina County, throughout the entire month of October.