Monday, May 4, 2009
Jack Daniels and Bucky 8xl0
Bubble Boy 16x20
One of the reasons I wanted to set up a blog is to be able to show things that will never be in a gallery. These paintings fall in that category. I have been swimming for exercise for several years. I began to be fascinated by the colors of the water and the way the light effected it. It ran from dark, deep blues to warm greens and yellows and bright whites. I decided to do a series on the pool. I didn't stop to think about the figures I would be adding or I might have turned back. It was a huge strectch. I had to work from photos of course and just catching a figure swimming is complicated. The affects of the distortion of the water on the figures were really amazing. But I also wanted to have some views from under the water. I finally had my best success when I turned my grandkids loose with underwater cameras. Painting my grandchildren was simple of course, because they are so gorgeous. The last one is of my grandaughter, Skye. This second is Nolan and the first is definitely people not related to me. Seriously, this man's name is Jack Daniels. The painting is called Jack Daniels and Bucky. I bet you can guess which one is Jack!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I painted these paintings this winter. It was a really fun experience. They were like putting little puzzles together. I loved pushing the color and catching the movement. My son was instrumental in promoting Lacrosse in Oklahoma so I have a special interest in the game. However, observing and painting it is as close as I want to get. Last year I got a little bit too close and caught a ball on the chin.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I just finished attending the Brian Lipperd demo in our new gallery. It was really worth while. He is a wealth of information about art. After the demo he took us on a tour of his studio. All in all, the whole day was very inspiring. He will do two more demos and then a workshop.