Tuesday, October 23, 2012
30 x 22 Watercolor
Got a phone call from Richard Price of NEWS advising that juror Mel Stabin had chosen this painting for top honors at the 2012 International Exhibition out on the east coast. After I hung up the phone I wasn't sure that I heard correctly and have been fearful to tell anyone.... what if he said "an" award and not "top" award? It's usually called the "Excellence Award" and I can't remember that word being used..... so, my bad if I'm wrong here....and really embarrassing.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
For some reason I have a lot of images of daughter Sar with her weiner dog Cowboy, and this would be the 4th one I have painted, 5th if you count the even smaller study I did but can't locate at the moment -- too bad, cause it's my fav. I started a full sheet (30 x 22) painting based on this, but ran into trouble in the middle section, the sweatshirt and left arm. Another reason I like studies: what doesn't bother me at all in a smaller study becomes a glaring misstep when made large. I'll have to resolve this before continuing.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Continuing in the still life theme. I had to switch this older piece to a different frame, so this time I remembered to take a photo.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
From the pile under the bed. Tweaked it a bit and decided it was a keeper. Probably should've cropped in closer, but too much to do to get ready for Studio Crawl in Fargo-Moorhead this weekend. Stop by and say hello if you're out and about.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Revised the size of the head and a few other shapes and lines; started rubbing in a thin layer of local color in hopes that it will be dry and ready to use as a demo on Saturday during the Studio Crawl. Overall, shapes still feel a bit clunky, and I'm going to have to get off the fence and decide about whether to approach as old school portrait or in a more modern fashion, with flat shapes and paint surface qualities. It will be a learning experience either way, I just don't want to end up straddling the two ideas and achieving neither (a familiar story). Or, maybe I'll stop worrying about it and just make it up as I go.