Okay, I'm tired now. Have been painting non stop for a month. All paintings for the Atalaya Show are completed, and most are already framed. Will take a short break, then begin painting for my November show. Good thing I love to paint!!
The second painting posted here is "untitled." Can you help? I cannot put my finger on it. Something about her yearning to be in the sea - and the father keeping her safe from it. Who kept you safe at the sea when you were small? For me it was "Papa." We had so much fun in the waves. They would be bearing down on us, and just has they got there he would lift me "high in the sky" to avoid the crash. Exhilerating. I love how this simple little picture can take me there.
Thanks for all the suggestions! Lots of good ones. Then...which one to choose. "Look Daddy" seemed to fit.
Here are some more of my beach people paintings. I love to think of the dialog between these people when I am painting them. "You Gotta Be Kidding Me," evokes all kinds of ideas for dialog. What do you think they are saying to one another??
The painting is slowing down a bit now, getting ready for the show now. Framing, packing, checking the list, etc. I'm very proud of this work, so I am excited to go to the show!
Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the new folks signed up to the email subscription. My list is growing. It's all very exciting. Here are 3 of my latest paintings. I have more, but will post them tomorrow, so that I don't overwhelm anyone's email. Please let me know if that happens, so that I can correct it. The top one - "Two Old Birds" was an image I have been saving a long time and finally decided to tackle it. I used a heavy impasto feeling to it that doesn't come across in cyberspace : ( . It was fun, though. I changed it at least ten times before I was satisfied. The water being on the top was a unique aspect. I took the photo from a balcony. I sure wish I knew who the woman was, but she reminds me of my Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary goes to the beach everyday to eat her lunch. She has lived on Sullivan's Island her whole life. I thought about naming the painting "Winter Walk," but a friend came over and noticed the similarity between the bird's legs and the woman's cane and the name "Two Old Birds" just seemed right.
The bottom two surf studies were done as demonstrations in my classes at Corley Mill Art Studio. Fast and furious painting to get it done for them in 2 hours. I liked the way they turned out, so I thought I would post them here for you to see. Winter Surf really looks much better when you enlarge it. If you would like to know more about Corley Mill Art Studio, just follow the link on the right.
Well, that's all for now, thanks for visiting. I will post about 3 or 4 more tomorrow. Stay tuned. Please feel free to leave comments and let me know which are your favorites.
I enjoy painting on traditional gesso. It is rabbit skin glue (I know- Yuk!) and marble dust warmed together and layered onto wood to create a panel to paint on. When I go to the trouble to get this done, I make sure I do enough for a long time. The crock pot my sister gave for Christmas was perfect for the warming and rewarming process. I sand the wood, paint on the gesso, let it dry, sand it again - 5 coats is typical. Labor of love. The smooth and absorbent surface cannot be had any other way. Rabbit skin glue is also a terrific way to adhere canvas to a panel of wood. Then gesso tops the canvas to seal it against the oils in the paint. Made a dozen of those too. Now, for the paintings!
The painting I have been showing you step-by-step is now completed. I finalized the biggest shapes and then to finish it off, I put a glaze of lavendar over the entire painting to give it a hazy look of early morning. It has also told me it's title, "Annie's Way." I hope she will like it; this place is really special to her. I'll find out Thursday when I deliver it.