Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shoo-Fly Pie

Another Etsy Treasury featuring the theme Shoo Fly Pie. Deeelish.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Color Themed Free Advertising

As a seller on once in awhile I will get an email informing me of a treasury featuring my artwork. A treasury is a page put together by a member of the Etsy community featuring a link between several pieces of art. Sometimes it's a meaningful theme and other times is simply by color. This time my avocado painting has been featured. It's a great way to stay involved with an artistic online community as well as utilize for promotion. The link is only active for seven days so you have to act fast to spread the word.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Color Study Follow Up

Watercolor and Oil Glaze on Canson Watercolor paper

For the last week I have been discussing thematic palettes and atmospheric perspective in my classes. I assigned a project where the students have to find one landscape photo that demonstrates clear atmospheric perspective. They then will create three different color schemes for the one landscape. Nathan Fowkes has a wonderful post on his blog showing the many thematic color renditions of the view out his office window. This above photo shows the final version of my three color scheme demos. View the previous post for the earlier palettes.

This painting was done with walnut oil rather than liquin or galkyd so it is still very wet. I took a pic with my iphone and will update a better image when it dries and I can scan it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Color Studies

Oil on Illustration Board

Oil on Watercolor Paper

This was a quick class demo on painting the same scene with different color palettes. These are bastardized versions of the beautiful Yosemite park. The original pic is a mixture of bright and soft blues.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Eye, Aye, Yi

Oil on Illustration board

This was a demo I did in oils. I wanted my students to work with oils in an anatomical study concentrating on hard and soft edges. I often see eyes painted and drawn flat, losing the roundness of the orb of the eyeball. This single study allowed them time to create and understand the structure.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Egg Day

I'd like to wish everyone a happy egg day. These photos are of an egg that one of my Moore students, Elise Anzini, was gracious enough to give to me. It must have been all of the egg studies I made her was brainwash!

This is a real egg that has been hollowed out. She then used a batik method by adding hot wax in a design and then dipping the egg into dye. After the egg had been pretty much covered in dye and wax she then baked it.

Thank you, Elise. And also thank you to the mystery person who gifted me a Klimpt tea canister as seen in the background of the first pic. Nimble students, huh?!