SOLD Other news: I think Brie, the dog, is depressed - it's raining, sure, but that's no excuse. Last night, she tucked herself in at 5:30 and today, she's been hiding upstairs with some toys and an oven mitt.
Playing around today with a couple of flowers, some sunshine - and the amount of brushstrokes necessary to make something recognizable. This one is a little bigger, 9" x 9".
I'm happy about receiving The Sunshine Award! Thank you all that sent it my way - now I have to get organized and send it forward, I'm trying to make up a special category to send it to, I've noticed a lot of blogs I follow have recently received it . . . congratulations everyone!
I saw a sketchbook online called, "The Tomato Diaries." An artist traveled Europe with a tomato for a couple of months and documented the tomato everyday by drawing or painting it (ooh, there's that doing something everyday again theme) - the lush tomato definitely, er, um, evolved over time - I don't think I'll be doing that, but it's a good idea.
p.s. this is yesterday's painting, I did it at night, not my preference, because I went to bed before the paint dried and couldn't scan it in.
Did you happen to notice I painted tomatoes for one day and then stopped? Well, I had moseyed on over to Carol Marine's blog and ACK! She, too, seemingly took advantage of a special on tomatoes. . . anyhow, I just couldn't try to paint the same thing she was painting at the same time - too much pressure! So, I noticed she's moved on - and my tomatoes held up quite nicely in the fridge - so here goes. . .
Paypal accepted $100 (I heard auctions don't do well on Ebay when American Idol is on, is this true, I wonder? Anyhow, so, I'm experimenting with Paypal again tonight).
Other News: Sooo, that fantastic book I keep rambling on about, I've been directed to Weymouth's painting website, which I had no idea existed and it gives a really great overview of his book - thanks everyone for finding the link and sharing it with me.
This is yesterday's painting and it didn't come easily - these seemingly darling miniature pears have been causing me problems - I started w/them a couple of days ago and killed two panels trying to figure them out - I had to remind myself not to rush, take my time and SQUINT.
I think I might try them again today. Not sure.
Other news: About that new book - "How Photography Can Make You a Better Painter," - I can't stop comparing the photos to the paintings long enough to really read it!
But the few bits I have read - the writing is good and clear making it easy to follow and every 8.5" x 11" (ish) page portrays a gorgeous photo or painting to illustrate his point.
Here's the cover from Amazon which is one of his paintings.
I really enjoy how loosely and expressively he paints from a photo and how he is able to capture a feeling. Also how he changes colors and makes them personal, no matter what the photo tells him.
Other News: Settling in tonight to read a brand new book, "How Photography Can Make You a Better Painter," by Michael Weymouth. I don't typically paint from photos (Christmas time black lab an exception) - I find it difficult, no, I find it really difficult. But I want to be able to for so many reasons - like that day back in early October when I was attacked more than once by my panel taking flight in seemingly the only wind gust in Hingham Square, no one else's canvases were floating around quite like mine. . . I'm not being dramatic, I swear, it's true!
I got to paint at Page's today, with my favorite painting people - I did three little paintings of onions - and one painting of a pig. I enjoyed the onions more than I thought I would - in this one, the group crit suggested making the little tomatoes on the left more vibrant - I have to agree - in person they were glowing due to the light from the window. If (when) I change it, I'll post it again.
But for today, I'm done (for now), I'm off to walk the dog. . .