Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Update on WIP of window with a reflected scene

The experiment with the masking fluid did not perform the way I had hoped. I may not have the bubbly look of old glass, but I do have a distorted feel of glass (sort of). I feel I went too dark in the middle frame and I am trying to remedy this without destroying the feel of the rest of the painting. I am hoping the flowers will help some. Any suggestions, tips or critique? Leave me a comment. I got my prospectus for the Miamisburg Art Gallery Annual Juried Art Exhibition. It is August 15 through September 5, 2009. They made some changes this year. In the past they broke the categories into the different media which created 5 or 6 categories. Each category had a first, second, third place, and an Honorable Mention. They even had a Best of Show of all the categories. This year the categories are broken into Portraits, Landscapes, Still Life and Miscellaneous. I wonder if this will make it harder to get into the exhibition? The show is to be judged by Jeffery Jones. He is a professor at the University of Dayton. After googleing him I found some of his work which was abstract. I was hoping to find a blog or website with more of his work, but was unable to. Back to work. I won't blog again until I am finished. Gaylynn

Sunday, June 21, 2009

WIP of window with a reflected scene

Happy Father's Day! Especially to my hubs and my Dad. I hope they have a great day :-) I feel I am about half way done...that is with the window. I left my reference photo slightly showing so you can see my progress. I am not sure how to replicate the window pane with its old glass and its textured look. Since I have not done a textured window before, I am trying masking fluid on top off already painted layers and hope when I pull it off after a few more layers it will achieve the look and feel I want. We shall see. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, please leave me a comment. Gaylynn

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New painting WIP

School has been out for two weeks tomorrow. I spent that time organizing my studio space and cleaning my house. Now it is time to get back to business. I began the painting to the left. It is from a picture that I took while visiting a friend in Switzerland. I hope that I can capture the feeling of the ladies in the window. It is a start. I am trying to do the 20 hour per week studio challenge that Lori Woodward Simons has put out there. Lori stated, "Let's spur each other on to greater productivity with quality. We'll all feel better if we spend more time in the studio, and at the very least, we'll have a body of work that we can feel proud of." Since I am always trying to increase my intent and accountability, I accepted the challenge. I thought it would be a good way to figure out my time per painting i.e. research, drawing, painting and to the framer. I have been asked that question and had no way of answering so I always guessed. Last week I put in 8 hours after spending two days organizing my studio. If you count everything that deals with my art then I put in 8 hours drawing/painting; 12 hours organizing studio; 1 hour blogging. Those numbers get me over 20 in the studio, but only 8 creating. I have begun this week with 5 already so I hope to report better numbers on next weeks blog. As for my studio area...I reorganized because a daughter came home from college for the summer. If I had not cleaned and put things away then I would have been working around all her things. Talk about a creativity stopper. I also got two file cabinets and a metal cabinet from another daughter. This has allowed me to put boxes (of things I have saved over the years) into the drawers and create files for teaching or business. The metal cabinet holds all my paper for painting/drawing and supplies for travel/en plien aire, etc... I have also placed my completed drawing tablets in the cabinet so I have references when I need them. I finally feel professional with everything in its place and easier to find or store. It almost makes up for being in the basement :-) Over the weekend I attended three grad parties. So hats off to those high school and college grads. While at one party I was introduced to a nice gentleman who appreciates artists. We traded stories and pictures of our work. He "dabbles" in woodwork. I found his chests amazing. I wish I had a picture to share. Lets just say his family members are lucky to receive a piece of his craftsmanship to mark special occasions. How are your work ethics? Do you need someone to make you accountable or cheer you on? How do you keep focused? How about your studio...Is it clean and clutter free? Or do you need the clutter? Are you a professional or someone like me who paints seriously when job/time allows? Do you have to sell your work to make a living or do you just like to paint for the next show to enter? Leave a comment to share your story. Gaylynn

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society and Cincinnati Art Museum

It is a rainy day so I am catching up..... Last week I attended the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's meeting. It was my first time attending and everyone was very friendly. Each month they have a guest speaker and demo. This month was member Leonard Williams. Leonard paints in watercolor and casein. Today he informed us about casein and gave a demonstration. Casein is only made by the company Shiva. Casein is a milk binder paint mostly used by illustrators in the 40's and 50's. Casein is limited to basic colors and can be painted on watercolor board or paper. The paint dries fairly quickly and takes about a month to cure. Casein has a flat finish. The painting can be buffed with a soft cloth to create a sheen then varnished. By varnishing an artist does not need to put the painting under glass when framed. Like oils, you paint dark to light. Water is used to thin casein down and move the paint like watercolor. Casein is not to be painted heavy or thickly like acrylics because it can become brittle. However, like acrylics you can layer quickly. It was very interesting to learn about. I was impressed with the smooth slick look when a painting was completed. To the left a finished painting by Leonard. You can learn more about Leonard Williams at You can learn about Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society at Beside visiting GCWS last week, I went for a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum. My girlfriend had been on a tour led by a man from her church. The tour went to religious art works. She took me to the paintings that she had learned about. Taking a tour for a specific purpose gives you a new perspective on what you are looking at. We looked at paintings that I have seen, but have not given much time to. Once seen with the history or story behind them gives them a new meaning. I enjoyed learning about the paintings this way. I am always amazed with the big name artist that our museum houses. I learn something every time I go. I hope no matter where you live you take advantage of the museums in your area. If you can, take a docent led tour to learn all you can about the collection. At CAM they are scheduled throughout the day or you can set up a time for a private/group tour. Among my favorites are the two Sargent's and they are a must to see for me each time I go. What is your favorite pieces in your museum? Have you taken a docent led tour? OR have you taken a class? OR listened to a lecture about a piece of artwork housed at the museum or a traveling exhibit? Leave a comment and tell me about your experiences. Gaylynn
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