Sunday, March 27, 2011
Let the Color Begin
I must admit this painting is a little more involved than I had intended. In addition, the progress has been slow because I also work on studies both in painting and drawing to continue to build my skills. I will be working on several short color study/still lifes that are much simpler. The studies are pretty mundane but I will post a few of them next week as part of my purpose with this blog is to show the progression of a beginning artist. I want to show that an artist must build skills as much as any other profession. So many people I talk to assume that art is a talent that one is born with. Ha! Talk to a well established, seasoned, successful artist and they will be the first to tell you that it takes blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention endless practice. Of course, all of that work is deeply joyful and highly satisfying. It has been so far for me.
The studies I do such as gesture sketches over and over are like practicing scales on a piano or any other musical instrument. Not glamorous but necessary for true mastery.
Today I spent a dark and stormy morning at the local life drawing session. Not a bad way to pass the time!
We have some beloved guests coming on Friday to spend a few days with us. I am hoping to have my friend hold a few poses that I can recreate with my manikin in addition to a few quick gesture sketches. I am also expecting an early birthday present that will be a big help in getting around with my plein air easel and sketchbook. If it arrives in time, I will have some fun pictures to show.
Here is hoping that Spring will show her beautiful warm face soon!
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It is looking great! I love how the color is beginning to bring it all together and refining the textures of the objects. No small feat and yes, artistic skills take a ginormous amount of practice. Did you have to mention scales! ;)
Oh, a wonderful gift in the wings eh? A special easel? A little folding stool to go with it. One of those wood boxes that hold treasure and paints maybe? Have fun with the guests and Happy Birthday on the way whenever it really is!
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