Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mr. Fuz Zy Pants, Day One

Mr. Fuz Zy Pants, very wet and very much in progress
I  may have a cat hair. In spite of making a client call, I did manage to work in a couple of hours of painting and actually got somewhere. I'm obviously adjusting to my new life style.

 I'm handling the paint roughly--largest brushes--gobs of paint on the palette--lots of black, just two other colors and white.  After years of shunning  black, it has become a must-have, ever since that workshop. (Odd that I changed my mind after so many years)? I'm not going for a polished finish. I'm going for "sketchy" and juicy-- and I'm going  intuitively with  lots of squinting, backing up, observing, and  coming back in for a stroke here or correction there.

When thinking snuck in, I cleaned my brushes, snapped the lid on my palette and shoved it into the freezer.
I love having my freezer around the corner from my oil painting station. Very handy for keeping the paint fresh. Unfortunately, tomorrow, the studio will be dark.


22 comments:

  1. Wow, I love it!. The brush strokes definitely fit Mr. Fuzzy!... I also like how your granddaughter (?) is silhouetted.... My life is crazy... (another loss happened.. I know u know what I am talkin' about).

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    1. Thank you. I'm sorry to hear about that. I've been missing your posts. Life has gotten surprisingly hectic around here and I haven't been as diligent as I like to be in visiting everyone I like to visit. Hang in there. Your strength is your greatest asset in difficult times.

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  2. I like sketchy and juicy. I've been trying to do much the same thing in most - but not all - what I am doing lately. It's a magnificent start I think.

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    1. Thanks Dan. I do get tight with this paint though--like the art supply doesn't have more. I'm not tight with watercolors or acrylics, paints that flow naturally. With oils, I'm concerned with how thin is thin, how sound is thin. The story on the street is work it up thin to thick, which means right away there will be parts of the painting that look unfinished if you want that loose, I dashed this off in a minute, look. Oh the confusion of it all!

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  3. what a fabulous start...it is already great!

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    1. I was surprised. The day before was such a bust--but maybe it was the warm up I needed? Mama says... Mama says. So, how are we design comrades? That's interesting. I could use a comrade.

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  4. WOW Mr.Fuz Zy Pants is there already!! The same 'get out of my hair, all of you' look is there (oh I love cats)!!!
    Glad to see you grabbing the oils again Linda. The plan of letting it rest and come back again for details is exactly what I being thinking about the previous days. I always rush to the finish line, but recently I have the urge to start something and take my time with it.
    Hugs and smiles.

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    1. I'd like to refine his markings and play up his eyes and whiskers. After that, I might let it go? He does have that patient look of tolerance while he's being cuddled.

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  5. Wow Linda, I like the big brushstrokes and the sketchy way of painting!

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    1. Schmid (my new hero) says a painting can look fast (with big brushstrokes and sketchy, albeit, loose, but it didn't necessarily get there fast. That's how this one with be--if all goes well and I can keep my head out of it.

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  6. It looks like you got a good start. I can't say anything negative about black since I use it a lot. Happy painting

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    1. I know you do use back straight out. When I went to art school in ought eight, black--strait black with no other color added to give it life, was frowned upon. I guess things have changed--though I do have cerulean in my black mix--but not much. Ad Reinhardt's black painting are quite spectacular.

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  7. I really like where you are going with this painting, Linda. Mr. F. P. looks very good in the big-brush-wet-and-juicy style!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. This fluffly cat needs fluffy brush strokes. I want to keep Taylor's image way back and let him come way forward. I hope it works. Trigger is looking great. I stopped by yesterday, but had no time to write. It's been a long road, but a good one.

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  8. Now I know nothing at all about painting, but it looks like you're off to a good start. from here, Linda. Its a pain when life gets in the way of what you want to do, perhaps you shouldn't be so good at your profession. Who was it that said that if it wasn't for working hard for a living, we would be able to get a far better job? Oh it was me ... stupid or what?

    Someone around these part was quoting someone famous who said that women won't use enough black. Sounds a bit sexist to me,not sure if its true ... I can't believe ALL w.......

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    1. It was a pretty good last couple of days in the design business. Five 9" x 12" Rapidograph drawings on tracing paper made a lot of people smile and will make a lot more people smile in future months. So if I bitched at being yanked away from the easel, my bitching is over. My time off painting paid off. It was a happy artist who started Mr. Fuz Zy Pants even though you couldn't tell by the grim colors she's using.

      I love to wear black, and really did get back into using pure black at that workshop. Before then, I used Payne's gray or burnt umbra or other dark colors/black instead, but for this one only black would do. I do like strong contrast--that must come from liking to work with woods and metals and other hard surfaces--my sculpture turned construction background.
      You want to talk chintz, You've got to talk to somebody else.

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  9. An object lesson in how to get a painting off the ground. Great start.

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    1. Absolutely. Walk into the studio, get the paint out of the freezer, select a brush and lay in the values. Thanks Mick.

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  10. OOOOhh, what an intriguing start! I think this is going to be a homerun, Linda. Can't wait to see it!

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    1. I was feeling my way and it went okay. Now to keep it on that level.

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    1. Thanks. Me too--and I'm not a cat person. I am a challenging image to be painted person.

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