Friday, June 27, 2014

Commission finished: Deimling Homestead

I started this day working on the greens and enhancing the shadows and lines of the house.

I wanted the canopy of the trees to ring true, as well as, frame the home.
Deimling Homestead     11x14     Watercolor     GaylynnM. Robinson

I am pleased with the finished painting. I hope my client is too.


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Commission WIP day2

Today I started working on the shadows and leaves. Greens are always tuff. I just kept playing with them until they were heading in the direction I wanted.

At days end I am enjoying the play of the leaves on the house. I used Daniel Smiths Shadow Violet that I had picked up for Carol Carter's workshop in April. I really liked it on the house shadows.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commission WIP

I received a commission to paint a home that the customer grew up in. I had never painted a house before so I accepted the challenge. When I took pictures of the house there were not any leaves on the trees yet. This was good for placement and drawing purposes.

 However, I knew that it would be a cold and bland painting. So after I drew the house and was ready to begin, I went back and took a few more pictures with everything beautiful and green.

Now I had color and shadows which gave the house some personality.

I think it is headed in the right direction.


It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form. 
Hans Hofman

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carol Carter @GCWS June Meeting

Today I was a guest of Rhonda Carpenter at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society's June meeting to listen to Carol Carter talk about her body of work.

Carol generously showed us paintings from her swimming, self portraits,  floral, Florida, insect and France themes and gave wonderful marketing tips.

Carol had an opening called "Bubbles" recently in St. Louis where she is from. The one women show is at ARCH Framing & Design, Inc.   Check it out if you are in the area. Carol is having a 3 day workshop at her studio in St. Louis June 20-22, 2014. Click here for information.

Carol also showed us the Norwegian magazine that her insect series is featured in. They had the article in Norwegian and in English. Very cool to read. Carol is on Facebook and explained how social media helps artist to get their work out to a potential customer.

After Carol's informative talk, she provided a few items from her "Bubbles" show. I bought a scarf with her fishes on it as did a few of the GCWS members. I also received a charm with a blue fish and some bubbles from Carol. (Thank you so much Carol) 

If you have not seen Carol's colorful vibrant paintings, I invite you to check her work out by clicking the highlighted words in this post.

I have enjoyed getting to know Carol over the years on FB, her blog and in person. She is genuine, sweet and frank in what she has to say. I look forward to many talks with her in the future.

Happy Painting,

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