Sunday, December 8, 2013

Autumn in Arbuckle Park

About 5 weeks ago, while the orange leaves were still clinging to trees, I ventured into the local park with my paints to capture the beauty of fall.  I was in the company of many others who came out to enjoy the season...families, pets, photographers and high school seniors, friends strolling, and busy squirrels.  So many smiles and laughter from happy people.  It was a crisp and lovely day.  When the sun fell away and my toes were froze, I headed home where I could finish the painting in the comfort of my studio.

"Autumn in Arbuckle Park"    10" x 8"    Oil on Raymar panel  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Apple Orangement

This little painting was started in my workshop with Carol, but finished at home in my studio.  I really loved how the green apples were of the same value as the orange paper, so I had an opportunity to lose those edges.  I like how they just emerge out of the orange.  

I pondered a lot about what to name it... 

"Apple Orangement"     6" x 8"    Oil on Raymar Panel

Orange you glad I väz apple to come up with such a clever name?  ;)


Monday, November 18, 2013

Granny Smith on Pink

"Granny Smith on Pink"   8" x 6"   Oil on Panel

This little painting was created in the workshop I took with Carol Marine.  In my earlier post about that class, I had mentioned that this was an exercise to train us to stop the over-blending with the brush, and to let each brushstroke be a new (even if slightly) mix of color.  To accomplish this successfully, the artist has to train her mind to know what the values are and where they go, and then plan the order in which the strokes overlap each other to carve out the shapes.  This skill is good for a painting that is impressionistic up close, but realistic from favorite kind of painting!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"September on Red Velvet" comes to life in gif animation

"September on Red Velvet"     6" x 6" diagonally      Oil on Gessobord
"September on Red Velvet" is one of a series of 3 paintings with the same theme.  During the painting process, I set my timer to go off every hour.  When the timer went off, I laid down my brush and took a photo of it.  I used Photoshop Elements to animate the images in a gif file. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Workshop with Carol Marine

One artist whose blog I follow closely is Carol Marine.  You may recall my mention of her in one of my previous posts.  I'm a big fan.

My friend Janettmarie and I drove up to Fish Creek in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin for a 5-day (10/14-10/18) painting workshop with Carol Marine at the Peninsula School of Art.  We had a great time, and I learned a LOT!  Carol is an excellent teacher, a fabulous artist, and a sweetheart.  Here she is, modeling a necklace created by workshop attendee Deb A. Kirkeeide.

I would like to share these many photos to describe my wonderful week (Thanks Miriam Hill, for letting me use so many of your shots). 

Here are some pics of the area...

Carol's day always started with a demo, followed by lectures and painting time.

We eager students took photos and notes as she went along.
During one of her morning demos, my coffee made me too antsy to merely watch, so I kept my hands busy while she kept hers busy.  Sometimes I just have an overwhelming need to sketch.  But I swear I was listening! :)

 Her demo with the little red shoes was my favorite, so here is her work in progress...
The actual shoes.

Lovely little painting!
Here are some apples that she painted on another day...

She had us try various exercises, each designed to train our minds and our eyes in a specific way, to help us build skills that we can apply in our artwork.  Here are just a few:

Here we got to practice our "hurry up" skills and paint a solitary object in about 10 minutes, but we did it several times and repositioned the object (in my case, an apple) to add variation.  I could not believe how fast 10 minutes could fly by.   I think I had a little outburst each time Carol's timer went off, just like a contestant on a game show.  :)  I loved it though!

On another day, we discussed values and the effective distribution of the amounts of those values for more controlled impact.  Squinting while viewing the subject matter can help you get past all those distracting colors and see where your lights and darks are.   Carol still made us do these under the timer!  It's all about efficiency.  

One very interesting exercise she had us do was to mix a different color for every brush stroke.  We were to apply the stroke only once.  No noodling and blending.  Remixing each time.  What a different approach for me, but I enjoyed the effect.   This exercise also challenged me to be mindful of my values.  I surprised myself at how fast I painted a matter of a couple hours I think.  And we were not under the timer for this one.  Maybe I could do "a painting a day"...

We had recess as well...meaning, we got to just paint whatever we set up.  Carol walked around and gave pointers.  I don't know why I kept painting apples.  I don't even like to eat apples very much.

Here is my little painting, which had to get finished at home because, well, it was time to go to dinner with Carol and the other fun and crazy ladies!

We ate out at a different wonderful restaurant every night, and the feasting usually always included wine.  Good times!!

Here are some of the ladies I had the pleasure of meeting:



Here is our group shot on the last day.  Tired and inspired!  Thanks Carol!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"The Nobbe Show"

That is the name that appeared in the title of the press release in the Greensburg Daily News.  Kinda sounds like a sitcom. :)

My sister-in-law Susie Nobbe, I, and our family and friends celebrated with wine and snackies at our art show opening reception at the Art on the Square Gallery in Greensburg on October 11.  I had so much fun socializing that I never took any pictures.  I really need to get better at recording all these wonderful memories and the people I love.  Thank goodness my mother-in-law Joanie, and the gallery, had their cameras out, capturing some of it. If anyone reading this has any to share, send them my way, and I will add them to this collection. 
So here goes:

 Photos do not do justice to the creative awesomeness of Susie's metal sculptures.  You really need to see them in person.

To be clear, my daughter borrowed this baby. ;)

Thank you to all who came!  Many traveled from very far away.  Words can not express how full my heart was from all the love and support that you showed to me and to Susie.