Monday, October 3, 2011

Painting Towards The Light

SWEET CHOICES #2: GETTING STARTED.


I still start a painting like I'm going to be painting with oils. I can't shake the habit of using washes of neutrals to lay in the shapes of dark, medium and light values. On canvas, I "draw" free-hand and do any correcting that needs doing as I go. Doing a precise cartoon of the subject in pencil first,then laying in the mid-tones of the colors, as suggested in nearly all of my painting with acrylics books, is just too foreign, way too precise and calls for planning. Designing, I was very precise. Everything was planned down to where the hooks for your robe would be. Painting unrestricted, always moving towards the light will just have to do.


SHOPPING A REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE FALL PANEL OF FOUR SEASONS QUADTYCH:

I don't know why I'm insistent upon finishing the quadtych I started last year; I hate the Fall season. It's the harbinger of winter,not a skier, not a favorite. Probably the ethic of finishing what I start has something to do with it? --My mom still haunts me.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: MY VIEW OF OUR LAKE FROM THE SECOND FLOOR WINDOW


This photo came out a bit blurry, but it's usable; I like the grayed down green--sort of silvery--washed out color. --But there's still too many leaves on the trees...

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02: MY VIEW OF OUR LAKE FROM THE THIRD FLOOR WINDOW


More lake is visible from this height. There's gold in the greenery to be pushed over the top. The trees have lost a lot of their foliage revealing their armature. I pushed the colors on this photo as I did with the other-- but painting is all about pushing color.

Neither of these photos is it. While The trees are on fire drenched in sunshine, the colors of the fall landscape really are intriguing when drenched with rain--deep and rich beneath a gray sky. I'll keep hunting.

HOW ABOUT MICHIGAN'S TEAMS! I am a pushover for winners. I become a real sports enthusiast when I think our teams have a chance to be champions. (Yes, I admit it, I'm only a fair weather fan). And this weekend was fair weather as Michigan State, University of Michigan, the Tigers and the Lions all won their battles in exciting contests. I was most worried about the Tigers--first, the rain out, second, playing their first game of the playoffs on scary Yankee turf and coming home with the second game to level the playing field. Loved it! Found myself actually watching these games and yelling at the screen. There's a side to me I didn't know about. If this goes on, I might actually get what football's all about? Awesome dude.

8 comments:

  1. I know you are going to hate this comment but I love the way #2 looks right now. That reminds me of your painting style, freer and more imaginative-implication rather than facts. I vote for the former.

    (told ya you would hate it)

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  2. I never hate a comment. I like number two too. The more lake and bare tree structures, the more fallish. I'm going to paint it while I'm painting pastries. Doing the two together will provide balance: fun and folly along with the dread of what's to come.

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  3. Hi Linda.
    Lovely work again, but not as colourful as you usualy produce, but still lovely. Linda, I would love to see a landscape with your brilliant colours, say one from your window or from your photos. Now that would be something to wait for. All the best Linda.
    Vic.

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  4. I'm sorry Vic. I should have written that that painting is a "work in progress." That is how I start a painting: with thin, neutral washes. Today I'll start moving into color. --I was going to start yesterday, but ran into computer issues. I spent the better part of the afternoon uninstalling and re-installing Google Chrome in an effort to regain access to You Tube. I totally failed. Today, I will ignore the situation and get back to things I can manage. Thank you for commenting.

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  5. Ditto Anonymous, I love it too :-)

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  6. But Agnes, you know I won;t be able to leave well enough alone. I am a person of excesses and painting is about color--lots of it!

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  7. See, to me, painting is about monochromatic effects. So there!

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  8. Painting is personal expression and no one's way is THE way. After all, diversity is the spice of life Anonymous BM.

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