Friday, July 27, 2012


There's so much wrong with this one, but at the same time I feel I've made some progress.

My daughter and I are starting to get into a rhythm now.   Even though I still get frustrated, the more I paint, the more I want to paint.  I'm now constantly finding myself looking at things and wondering what mixes of colors it would take to paint what my eyes are seeing.  Books are becoming more informative as I have a better understanding of what the authors are trying to say.  There's so much to know.

No paintings for a week: we're taking a much-needed vacation.  I'm hoping to come back energized and armed with some pictures of things to work on.

Today's inspiration:
Zelda Devon:  What I've Learned in 5 Years

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I haven't made any posts in a while:  the last few paintings I've made have ended up in the trash.  I try to lay paint down in ways that make sense, but something is always wrong:  perspective, color, value, you name it.

Tonight I tried making a grisaille of a portrait, hoping to understand values better.   The colors I mixed just seemed wrong when laid down next to each other.   The critic in me got annoyed at my errors and childish-looking output and in frustration I threw another one away.

It's hard being at the beginning.  You look at the works of people that you admire and inspire you and it seems so far from where you are.

I'm not finished, just kinda stuck right now.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


  • Finally put out enough color.
  • I had been using wax paper for a palette (acrylics).   This time I used a paper plate with a waxy type coating and found it much better to mix with.
  • Still finding it hard to block in the major shapes and nail down proportions.  It's difficult to ignore details.   I'm not spending enough time on this.
  • I have a hard time creating the delineation between light and shadow.  It's like I can see it, but can't describe it. 
  • Felt lost in painting a couple of times with this one.  That's a first.
  • At some point, I need to stop creating these floating objects.  Right now I just want to do and not feel frustrated. 

Today's Inspiration:
Carol Marine.  Man, I love her stuff.  Her daily painting blog helped get me started.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Another object floating in space.  I think I did a better job with the color mixing on this one:   the colors are closer to the actual mug than what I've been able to achieve before.  I didn't leave the highlights out this time.  While painting them, they just didn't feel right, but now that I've come back to the painting, they look like they belong there. 

My first 3 paintings were done with my daughter painting across the table from me.  I hope she doesn't get bored--it's fun painting with her and watching what she comes up with.

  • I'm still not squeezing enough paint from the tubes.  The cost of the paint makes me nervous about how much I use.   I'm trying to stick with one paint type/brand so that I have less to worry about.   I don't like the cheaper paints as much--they dry too fast.  I just need to get over this.
  • I'm having a hard time translating and simplifying what I see in front of me onto paper.  I've seen others talk about squinting, and this definitely helps.  It's still hard to notice all the intricate ways light plays off of surfaces and either try to capture it or avoid it.  Everything I'm making right now looks childish.
  • Edges and places where color changes occur (including light and shadow) are difficult.  I'm going to consult a couple of books on this.
  • I have a hard time selecting objects to paint.  I look for things with interesting colors and shapes, but not too interesting so that I have a better chance of success.  Maybe this is limiting. 
  • I'm finding myself looking at things in life and wondering what colors it would take to mix what I'm seeing. 

Today's Inspiration:
Austin Kleon:  Steal Like an Artist