- Wow, what fun. I just spent three wonderful days experiencing this workshop and did 6 paintings! And yes, they do need a little touch up. My first painting was the on of the far right, Since it was the 1st, Stefan gave us almost 4 hours to do it. It gave us time to set up, learn to use our visual skills and paint. The second painting of the day was of Hedge Creek, and even though I enjoy doing water, I realized my values are way off. This one really needs some studio time. Day 2 was my greatest challenge. The first painting was of Mt. Shasta looming over Lake Siskiyou. Mt Shasta really intimidated me and again, my weekend challenge seemed to be to get my values right. I think with a little studio time, I can turn this one around too. Next came painting the museum at the fish hatchery. Since I do not paint building this was also a challenge. I felt like, oh boy, we went from painting a big white rock to painting a big white house. I broke everything down into shapes and think I did and okay job. But.... somehow when I added my 5th painting to my box the two kissed and so yes, more studio time needed to clean it up. The final day got us up early and on the road to McCloud Middle Falls. As the sun rose over the canyon, the mist rose over the falls. The scene changed dramaticly almost minute by minute, so I locked my intention on creating the feeling of mist on the water. Our last painting was of a quite place above the McCloud upper falls. I am not sure if it is part of the McCloud river or one of the creeks that lead into it, but it was definitely a study in green. I blasted through this painting in a short 45 minutes. All in all, I think I came home with some fairly decent paintings. But returning to Redding and 107 degree temps was almost intolerable. I think my plein air days may be put on hold until the fall unless I get away to somewhere cool. Happy painting!!
Art News and more....
One of the world's greatest paintings is the Mona Lisa...this link address the question, should it be restored? Hum... I think Leonardo would have already found a solution to this problem.
Frida Kahlo: Why Mexico's elite still shun the artist
Frida truly created her own universe...her memory and art lives on.
THE GOLDEN MEAN and Composition... YouTube Video by Stafan Baumann
Painting this way is like going back in time to the old masters. It seems to be a lot of work, but doing it brings paintings up to another level. With practice, I hope to be able to achieve these proportions without having to draw in the lines. Happy Painting!
Red rose in the spot light.
This is a painting I did using the Golden Mean. It is 9 x 12 and was painted in about an hour. The book is a music book, and origninally I wanted to put in the music notes, but I decided the spotlight was on the rose, and that was all that was really needed in this study. I am very happy with how it turned out.
With spring in the air...I hope to get out and do some plein air painting....
Becky Joy is one of my favorite Plein Air Artists...you can check out her web site at:
Essence portraits are a unique dance with spirit. They are painted with acrylic paint on Strathmore watercolor paper (unframed). As with my oil paintings, I am drawn towards light, but with essence portraits, it is the light of spirit that
speaks to me.
I think that with each one I paint, I am more consumed by spirit. With all of them, there has been a slight physical resemblance to the physical form...some more than others. Also, very often, hair and eyes change. Blue eyes want to be brown and brown eyes want to be blue. Hair is the other thing. Short hair can be long...or the head may be hooded. Hair color likes to change color too.
When I do an essence portrait, I focus and meditate on the photo. I usually like to carry this energy around with me for a little while. When I still my mind, I start to see flashes of images.
It is so amazing how it works. Once I start painting, I try to keep my brain out of it and just paint.
Throughout the painting process, I also get psychic messages. These are like little stories of what your essence is. I like to write a little on the back when I am done. If I get a lot of symbolism with an essence, I may type up the response. I try not
to listen too much to the story while I am painting because I can get easily side tracked. It is kind of like taking a journey.
When I start writing, my brain can play. Sometimes, I get so much information, I have to slow down and condense the meaning. It is like, I am opening the door, but the true essence is within you...and what the painting means to you. I can only
hope that you can relate to what you see when I am done.
I love the connection I have with spirit in painting these and so I present these at a very reasonable rate. I charge $40 for a single image (one person) or $60 for a couple. Shipping and handling is extra if applicable. It only takes an
image emailed to me to start the process. If you are curious and/or want a truly unique portrait, please contact me
via my website, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to your spirit dance.