Friday, September 30, 2011

After class


The 5 x 7 tree gets reworked once again.  And it is better, more form, better movement.



For class we were at the Steamer Landing looking down the Petaluma River. The boat was in shadow while the distance sparkled, light bouncing off of the river.
I learned lots doing this scene in a class setting. And I do think the result stands up just fine.




And when the critique is over and I have made the adjustments I wanted to make......this is what you see.  A pleasing, used palette.......

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The process


More trees and how they develope.  This picture is of a pear (I think) tree in Valley Maggia. Actually it was in the tiny, tiny village of Brontallo. I loved the shape of the whole tree and the lovely arcs of the trunk  and branches as the tree reaches for the sky. 




So I just jumped in and created this little work. 6 x 6 and kind of abstract. Great negative shapes. Great trunk, wrong shape. I worked on it two different times.




Next I did this 5 x 7 in a less abstract form looking for the play of the lights and darks....
There is something missing here, probably in values but not really sure. So it will go to class with me tomorrow and we can all discuss it.



Then, after two paintings I decided to do a little study accentuating
the basic shapes found in the tree. Learning to really see this tree. The first study is on the left and then, with the orange background I did another. It is a fun one.  And so I learn.  And I still might like the very first one best!




This charming little village is called Foroglio which is in Val Bavona. Val Bavona branches off of the main road of Valle Maggia at Cavergno.  It is a village that has decided to not have electricity.  We heard a generator which is used for the restaurant but the people really did decide no electricity.



No better example of clean and neat could exist. Beautiful red geraniums everywhere.  And always, watch your step. As you can see, the depth of the stairs is never consistent. Nor could it be, made with the granite and other stones of the valley.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back From Vacation


As many of you know, I spent the first two weeks of September in Ticino, Switzerland. It was an absolutely fabulous vacation. My cousin and I stayed with our dear friend and college-mate, Vivien at her home in Lodano.  No oil paints, but I did experiment with gouache. Looking, it is obvious that I do not yet know how to get the intensity of color that I want. This hydrangea was up at their summer "hut" in the mountains where there is just no time. We sat around, I painted, we ate, rested. Wonderful



One day I went and sat in the local restaurant and did a couple of pen and ink drawings. This is very, very simply done.........it was hot.


When I returned I took up the Daily Paintworks challenges again. This green mug is my second try at counting how many strokes one needs in each value area and not picking up the brush.......just loading it full enough for the one area. So I kept to my 20ish strokes and did not go back and adjust anything. It is all about keeping it simple, thinking about your strokes before you lay them down, evaluating values.  Great exericse.


Ticino has all the same flowers that we grow here in northern California. It was lush and green as they had plenty of summertime rain showers this year. Smiling out from the ferns and other greens was the old favorite rudbeckia. Such a happy plant.


Our first free day in Ticino, after adjusting to the flight and landing in the next day.....we went to lunch in Ascona which neighbors Locarno. You are looking from right in front of our lunch table out onto Lago Maggiore. Heavenly.  I can still taste the Calamari Salad..........yes, it is all about the food!
I will keep sharing special photos with you, sharing my art and I will see if I can rope those two grandboys into a picture or two. And my garden is getting ready for that last, lovely fall bloom