Friday, November 27, 2009


This is a painting (8x10) I did at the workshop. I am very happy with how it turned out. However, when I attempted to photo it, I can see I need to apply more paint. The canvas comes through too much. Just when I think I have it fairly well, another aspect shows up. Guess that is why I love painting, always a new challenge.

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My husband Dick cooked a gourmet Thanksgiving for the family (11). I have a lot to be thankful for!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mary Garrish Workshop

I can't believe how long it took me to set this up... There has to be an easier way but my brain won't take any more learning. As it is I went back to picasso as my editor.

As the expression goes, "the teacher will appear when the student is ready". AND was I ready. Mary showed us how to work from two photo references and I finally learned how to distinguish from referencing and duplicating.

Mary' Palette and initial laying in of darks after sketch. She uses Vasari paint. The three primary color Cad Yellow light/pale, Cad Red, and Ultramarine Blue plus the 8 grays created for Scott Christenson by Vasari. I fell in love with the pallet.

Initial sketch, starting on darks

Mary was using two difference photos she completed the landscape first.

Softening the edges
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Laying in darks of sky

Finishing touches


Sunday, November 15, 2009


Back from vacation and Denver, and two roadtrex rallies. In between, I had been hard at work trying to improve my painting. I have to thank Creative Spotlight Artist Blog which pointed me to a DVD series by Gayle Levee entitled "Learn and Master Painting" by Legacy Learning Systems. It was just what I needed to fill in the blanks. I started with the first DVD - there are 25, about 30-35 hours of instructions. Gayle takes you from the absolute beginning filled in the blanks. She is a great teacher, reiterating her instructions until they really sink in. I have learned a lot. I am much more confident that I know what I am doing rather than going by the seat of my pants. I am up to lesson #18 and intend to continue through. I finished one of the paintings and will photograph it tomorrow and blog it, if I get the chance. I am also starting a workshop for three days at our local Art Museum. Mary Garrish is a well know artist and I am hoping to learn a lot. I will take pictures if I can and post them also. So until tomorrow, thanks everyone for sharing your blogs. The blogs have kept me inspired.