Sunday, May 30, 2010

As A Jazz Player Plays

Pete, the subject of my Jan 8 post, returned to sit and play for our Monday painting group.  The title comes from my comment to him, which is still true, that I'd like to paint as a jazz player plays.


Jacob is the son of a friend who is part of a group with whom I paint on Monday mornings.  Despite changing my photo procedures based on help from Qiang Huang, a fellow Daily Painters of Texas artist and new Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, I still am having difficulty getting my paintings to photograph accurately and translated to an image that uploads well.  Today I substituted several images in previous posts for better ones, but still they are not were they need to be. Perhaps I have not implemented his suggestions correctly.  Any advice from readers will be appreciated. 

Jenna Napping

The challenge here, as in the next post, was to place the figure in the landscape which was mostly in the shade with occasional spots of dappled light.  Although I could play on an area of sunlit grass in the background for variety, I had difficulty muting the intensity of her orange skirt and white shirt to effectively place her in shadow.

Jenna Resting

Jenna is a four-time National Champion equestrian rider and trainer so we were lucky to get some of her time to model for us.  In this and the previous post, the opjective was to integrate the figure into the surrounding shady, sometimes dappled landscape.

Paris Bistro

This small (6x12) study was a good opportunity to experiment with an extreme format I don't use often and with high intensity modern pigments I don't use much either.  I do find the scene reminiscent of bistros I recall in Paris.

Pow Wow Dancers

This is the second painting I have done from some else's photo of indian dancers who gather in events known as "Pow Wows" across the West and Southwest.  It is usually a puzzle to figure out how the spots of varied color relate to one another in describing the figures and their costumes.

Getting Ready

I recently had an opportunity to paint with Lesley Rich, a California artist known for loose, expressive brushwork with thick paint applied often to figures in landscape.  These are qualities I have been working to attain in my work so it was good to focus on them in unfamiliar subjects.  This was from a photo of Lesley's from Venice, and I imagined the fellow getting set up for the afternoon patrons.

Local Dominance

This is the second plein air acrylic painting I have done - finished the same morning as "Livingstone Shore" in the next post.  Actually, I was in the same spot, just looking more to my left.  Somehow, I felt more free painting in acrylic for some reason, perhaps the novelty or the sense that it was an experiment.  I liked the feeling, so either I'll learn to bring it to oil or continue with acrylic.  Not sure.

Livingston Shore

Usually, I paint in oil, but lately have been exploring acrylics, partly because I have a supply acquired over the years, and partly out of curiosity about the differnt working properties.  This is my first attempt with acrylic outdoors on location. 

Ready for Spring

At a recent trip to a friend's lake house, we did some plein air work by the marina where I found this small sailboat.  I am afraid my title is overly optimistic since I painted the same boat in the same position last year so I suspect it, like many boats, will go untouched this season.  I hope not.


Spring is bluebonnet season in Texas.  Paintings of bluebonnet fields abound in all sorts of styles.  I had never done one so I used a recent plein air trip to Brenham to gather some information.  My study was somewhat helpful in coming up with a larger painting which began as a demo at the Woodlands Waterway Fine Arts Festival which has become a well attended event on the national schedule.

Object d'Art - 2

The blue vase was the second object passed around for the Object d'Art Exhibition mentioned in the previous post.  The olive and the lemon added counterpoint color as well as movement in the peel.  The light through the transparent glass was an interesting challenge.

Object d'Art -1

Over the last year, I joined nearly twenty artists in an effort to have an exhibition limited to compositions including the same object.  The object was passed around and each person did his own interpretation.  This was my effort with the white pitcher.  Still life is not something I do often, but I found the experiment interesting and useful.  The exhibtion was last weekend and was well attended and fun.  Both my entries were sold so I'm happy they have new homes.