Sunday, November 21, 2010

doodle joy

There's no better feeling then sitting down and just doodling. It's so relaxing, my own kind of meditation. It just starts with one line (any kind of line) and grows from there. Here's a little doodle of Jay Peak, I'm thinking of making a block print of something like this for a holiday card (you never know where they lead).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

a little white makes you want to paint a lot of colors

This morning the wind was cranked up, snow and pea size hail were flying everywhere, accumulating just enough to cover everything with a shade of white. Being surrounded by all of this white is beautiful and inspiring, but not in the way you'd think. The bright white just makes me want to paint more vibrant colors. It has always amazed me that you can just look at an image and it can create warmth or be so cold that it gives you chills, just through color and subject matter. Maybe at some point I will think about adding a little more white to my canvases (of course accompanied by vibrant colors). One being in the presence of the other may bring out the best in both. What would it take to create an image that gives of neither a warmth or a cooling sensation?

Speaking of color, I'm really trying to add glazes each day to the new Vermont series. I've been posting all of the pictures on a separate page. If you look to the right of this post (under Pages) and click on "Currently Creating Revisiting the Water that Runs through Vermont" you will find it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

when paintings grow space diminishes

Each day I add a couple of glazes to the new Vermont paintings, beginning with the warmer colors, which I hope will brighten up the paintings once they are completed. It's always good to have a few paintings that are in different levels of completion, that way there is always a painting to work on with a different technique (underpainting, glazing, opaque paint/details, texture) and it mixes things up a bit. I still have three blank canvases that are a bit larger that I'm planning on starting next week, and soon the large canvases will be headed up north (in the back of my parents car) for Thanksgiving, yeah I'm excited.

It is these paintings that have made me realize I need to make room in my studio for everything I will be painting this winter (and all of the paintings from the Costa Rica Series). I have paintings hanging everywhere, in boxes and they have completely taken over my studio. Who knew that paintings could take over spaces so quickly, they just seem to multiply, which sparked the idea for "Making Room in the Studio Sale", going on now with up to 30% off.
All of these paintings need happy new homes where they can liven up a space and take you on a little mini vacation. A great gift for someone you love (it's always good to show yourself a little love too).Two paintings have already sold, so if you are interested e-mail me asap and I will mark the paintings sold. Just go to my website and click on "Making Room in the Studio Sale".

Sunday, November 7, 2010

start small

Whenever I start painting I get really excited and start on all the big canvases, moving my entire arm/body for one stroke of the paint brush, and the little ones... well they come later. Now I'm starting off with 10 smaller than 12"x 12" canvases. Since I don't currently have any large canvases (our stores up here don't seem to offer the larger sizes with good stretcher bars), I'm waiting until Thanksgiving when my parents will be bringing a years supply. I'm putting the same excitement, energy and depth into these smaller paintings. I'm excited to see if they come out differently.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

colored walls?

Usually when you walk into a space that displays art all walls are painted some shade of white so the paintings have a neutral space. I'm not sure what it is but I love paintings on colored walls. When you've got the right color it extends the painting and emphasizes particular colors. When you put a painting on a yellow wall it emphasizes the yellow, on a pink wall the pink stands out ect. Sometimes it just doesn't seem right and some combinations can be just awful, but when you put it on the right color wall you'll know. When you step back and think wow, I've never looked at this painting like this before. It opens up a new way of seeing. Putting a painting on different colored walls may surprise you, it's worth a try.

and what about patterns? I'm all for it!