Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Still plugging along: Ladies At Tea

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Ladies At Tea     Watercolor

Still plugging along with my Ladies At Tea. I have been working on the lady on the right very slowly.
Slowly due to the many activities that I have had outside of the studio.
Pre-wedding activities all of June along with my mini trip with my parents.
I came down with cellulitis on my left leg (calf).  A shot, two antibiotics and warm compresses
four times a day had me off my feet for a week.
My oldest daughter was wed on July 7th.
Then we went on vacation.
Here we are with summer almost gone. Which was pointed out when my letter
came to say when we are to return to school ...August 15th.

 Today, I finally was able to work on my gals.
I am not liking the background. Too blocky (is this a word?) I will have to think on how to correct this.
As for the blue lady...I think I went too dark to fast on her skin tones.
I will have to make myself do small areas with very light washes to get her where she needs to be.
I seem to be fixed on her and not working on  the pink lady and other areas which make the progress slower.
Something else I will have to correct.


Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Viewpoint...

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Sleeping Beauty     Watercolor

I received notice that Sleeping Beauty did not make it into Viewpoint.
So I will have to try again next year.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

WIP Ladies at Tea

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Ladies At Tea     Watercolor
The "Ladies" are coming along. I have been focusing on the lady in blue. After I took the picture (saw how the painting looked) I feel I went too dark too soon in her shadow on the neck. I am finding it hard to keep gray/white hair just that gray/white. I am liking the reflections on the table so far.

I took a quick trip with my parents. We went to see Passion of Christ Gardens in St. John, Indiana. The garden was beautiful. 

The communities catholic church next to the gardens was just as spectacular. The outside looked like a basilica. Inside was modern and beautiful.

From there we went to Elkhart, Indiana. Here in Amish country we saw flower gardens that were made to look like quilts. Very beautiful.

Three weeks to our third wedding in 18 months.....all three daughters will be wed. I think I could be a consultant now hahaha.

Happy painting,

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Completed Sleeping Beauty

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Sleeping Beauty     8 1/4" X 10 1/2 "   Watercolor
I completed Sleeping Beauty and entered her in the Viewpoint Show that is scheduled for August.

I am pleased with the painting as a whole. I like the netting on the skirt of the dress,the hair and face. 
What I am on the fence about is the couch. More specifically the pillows behind her.
I had debated on making the couch a solid color, which would have been 
easier to make the creases and movement in the cushions. However, I felt that would
have taken away the charm of the scene.

So fingers crossed that the judge likes her too!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

WIP Sleeping Beauty

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Sleeping Beauty WIP     Watercolor

I have jumped around a lot in this painting.
I have the dresses layers,
the skin tones and hair all started. 
If that wasn't enough, I have the beginning washes on the couch.
Sometimes I wish I could  just do one area 
at a time. But, I always get ahead of myself.
I need to slow my pace. :-)

I am not sure how I will do her waistband
of sequins and silver star barrettes. 
Hoping I don't muddy the shadows.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WIP Ladies At Tea

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Ladies At Tea WIP     Watercolor
I have added the some shadows in the skin tone 
on the face, neck, arms and the hair
on the ladies.

School is winding down. I have seven days 
(six with interns) until summer break. 
I am looking forward to catching up on many
things around the house. Painting is at the top of my list.

Of course, there is household chores, my summer job and
the up coming wedding of my oldest daughter 
in early July. 
All those things are for me and I am excited to begin!

I was stressing over getting these paintings done for the
May 31st deadline for Viewpoint.
Then I read my friend Rhonda's blog about
letting go, because she too was trying to paint for
the opportunity to get into the show. 
Rhonda did not like the fact that her painting became a chore.
She was painting to enter a show and not for the
enjoyment of the process.
In that moment I let go.
I excepted that if one or both gets done then
I will enter. If not, oh, well. There are other
shows to enter when I have something I 
am proud of and ready to enter.

Thanks Rhonda for your sound advice.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day -Sleeping Beauty WIP

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the mom's reading this blog.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I am still working on the Ladies At Tea, but 
I have another painting started that I wanted to share. 

Since I am the mother of three girls I could relate to this scene.

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Sleeping Beauty     Watercolor WIP
I chose this pose to paint because I liked the "story" of the girl 
worn out after her exciting evening and the dress. 
The dress is layers of netting in yellow orange and hot pink.
I laid in a base coat to the dress and flesh tones.

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Sleeping Beauty     Watercolor WIP 
Then I began layering the different colors on the dress.
I am liking the challenge of the dresses layers of netting.

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day - WIP Ladies at Tea

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Ladies at Tea WIP     Watercolor

Who asked for this weather? I want the low seventies back please.
The Ohio valley has gone backwards in
the weather conditions.
I really hate pulling my sweaters back out.

I worked along the edges this week. 
I put in the beginning shapes for the material on their 
clothing and darkened the wood on the 
table and chairs.
I also put a layer on the background.
Anything to keep me from the skin tones. LOL

Stay warm,

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ladies at Tea WIP

Gaylynn M Robinson     Ladies at Tea   Watercolor WIP
These ladies are moving along. They have been fun so far to paint. 
Hair and faces will be my nemesis as I go forward. 
There are lots of color in that gray/white hair.

 I have tentatively called it Ladies at Tea. 
Hoping to come up with something more clever.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Gaylynn Robinson     Ladies at Tea     Watercolor WIP
Happy Easter Everyone!

I took a picture of these ladies while out to lunch with friends at a local tea house. The ladies spoke French to each other, adding to my intrigue of watching them that afternoon.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Creative Process or Lack of

The other day I read an article on Fine Artist Newsletters by Moshe Mikanovsky titled "Am I an Artist?" Moshe began his article by asking if anyone noticed that he had not posted, blogged, or written for quite awhile. He stated, "In one word – Resistance. I was overwhelmed by that multi-headed monster, which told me that I am not a real artist. That I am not good enough. That I am a fraud. That I cannot give advice to other people while I have not succeeded much on my own.....And I believed it....This was on the bad days. On the good ones, the resistance was just tasks I had to do.....And I let it take hold of me and keep me away from making art."

WOW! this hit home for me. I have been sooooo complacent for a very long time. I was riding on the euphoric feeling of getting my painting into Viewpoint. Then my private painting class ended and the holidays hit and I just stopped. I am (and have been) working on a painting, but did not feel the need to push myself to finish it up. Then I got the notice that Viewpoint was moving their date to enter from August to May. Yikes!

I always begin the new year selecting the shows I want to enter and what I want to paint for these competitions. This early deadline totally overwhelmed me. Because the show meant so much to me, I became frozen and found the task to move forward hard to do.

Moshe said that several things helped him to begin to be reborn in his art. He gave a lot of credit to Seth Godin's book Linchpin. Moshe put several quotes in his newsletter, but the quote Seth wrote that spoke to me was,

 “Most of all, art involves labor. Not the labor of lifting a brush or typing a sentence, but the emotional labor of doing something difficult, taking a risk and extending yourself.

Taking a risk and extending myself. That always seems to be the elephant in my room. Putting oneself out there is not an easy task, yet the task that has to be dealt with is to push ourselves to paint, to run our homes, to take care of our families, to achieve our goals. Funny how I (we) can easily lose site and let complacency set in.

I am not going to promise that I will be a better painter, blogger, worker, wife, mother, etc... I will, however, try to take one day at a time and promise MYSELF to take the time to assess what needs to be done in my creative process so that I am happy with my progress.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Yesterday, I got an email from the Cincinnati Art club informing me that the dates for the 
44th Annual Viewpoint 
have been changed.


They moved the entry date to May 31st!!!

Seeing that made me panic since I was not even thinking about what I would paint yet. I thought I had 4 months to finalize my entry. Surprise! I have 2 months to make a decision.

Upon reading the email flyer, it looks like they changed the dates to be able to have the exhibit at a prominent gallery downtown Cincinnati. This could be a positive to someone who wants gallery representation. 

For me it means I have to stop procrastinating and get to work.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Norman Rockwell Exhibit at Dayton Art Institute

My friends and I went to Dayton to their Art Institute to see American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. The paintings coming from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell's art and illustrations throughout his career. The exhibit has 42 original artworks and a complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets spanning 47 years.

Norman Rockwell    Four Freedoms: Freedom of Religion 
Norman Rockwell began his career as a teenager. His first publications was Tell Me Why. At nineteen he became the art editor of Boy's Life magazine, the official magazine of the Boys Scouts of America. He began his career at the Saturday Evening Post in 1916. Rockwell drew and painted over four thousand images in which he explored the impact on  popular culture with his reflections on childhood innocence to powerful, consciousness-raising images.

In this exhibit we saw these powerful illustrations in his Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech; Freedom of Want; Freedom of Fear; Freedom of Religion), A Scout is Helpful, the painting of Murder In Mississippi along with the sketches and news clippings about the tragedy, The Problem We All Live With about Civil Rights and the Supreme Courts ordering of integration in schools. Idyllic childhood images such as Going and Coming, A Day in The Life of a Young Girl, No Swimming and  Girl at Mirror. Whether the images were comical, idyllic or powerful they were all amazingly painted.

Norman Rockwell     TheCritique  
One of my favorites was The Critique. The young man inspecting the Dutch influenced painting was Norman Rockwell's son. In his preparation of this painting, Norman Rockwell did many, many sketches of the paintings in this illustration. He painted the paintings in this illustration in the classical style of Peter Paul Rubens (portrait of his wife) and the Dutch cavaliers in the painting watching the young man's inspection of the lady.

In Rockwell's preparation he used several models to pose and  take shots of their expressions from different angles.  He then did a full sized study of the scene in pencil or charcoal. The woman's face was painted on clear plastic in many ways. Rockwell then held these sketches to the canvas until he found the head shot and expression that he liked. When he liked his sketches, Rockwell painted color studies. When all the preliminary work was finished, the final oil painting was started.

As the student leans in to look closer at the woman, she gives him a comical, yet quizzical look as if to say "get back buster!" The gentlemen's animated expressions, in the background painting, look on with concern as the boy leans into the painting. They probably wonder if the young man is getting too close to the lady. I just love the humor in this painting. The Critique was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post April 1955.

Norman Rockwell is considered an illustrator, but I have always admired him as an artist.

I am lucky that I have friends that enjoy seeing exhibits and travel with me to view them. This exhibit will be at the Dayton Art Institute until February 5, 2012. I highly recommend the trip to see this thought provoking body of work.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Following a Vision

Once a week, for ten weeks before Christmas I taught a watercolor class to an exceptional young woman. She had art in high school, but now that she was through college and in a new job, she wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors. During the ten weeks we worked on many techniques that lead up to her picking what she wanted to paint. She chose orchids, stating that she liked my painting of orchids.
E. Miller     Watercolor     SOLD
She obtained a How to book on painting flowers in watercolor. She liked the fuchsia orchids that the artist author had. My student took those orchids and placed them on her paper the way she wanted them to appear, not how the artist placed hers. She then talked me through her vision for the painting. The next four weeks she would ask how would she could achieve her goal and I sat beside her with my paper and reminded her of the strokes we went over, or how wet into wet would work in certain areas, dry brush in others.We discussed design on where the stems should be placed and if leaves were needed. All leading up to her vision coming to life.

I think she achieved her vision and can not wait to see what she will "see" to paint next.


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