Saturday, March 3, 2012

Palette, Progress, and the Changes in the Wind

© 2012 R.L. Delight, palette

Kind of an awkward title I know but pretty much describes this post. First up, palette. I worked on the white table cloth in the painting this particular morning and thought it would be interesting to see what goes into the white in this particular painting. I mentioned on the previous post that I had read about a technique I wanted to try in the A History of American Tonalism: 1880-1920. I am not sure if this is a good place to use it but I wanted to try it. It involves laying down a warm undertone and painting a cool complimentary color into it. I tried that on the white cloth. I am not sure I like it here but it isn't so bad that I will take it out. Here is the painting still in progress:

© 2012 R.L. Delight, painting in progress, oil
Of course, it will take practice but I kind of like it as the table cloth glows in certain areas, which was the point. I have more work to do on the driftwood, float, and candy as well as a bit more on the background and then highlights. I really am anxious to get this off my easel and out of the way. I will be going back to daily painting in the morning and working on larger paintings in the afternoon.
Finally, the "changes in the wind". I am sure many, if not all, of you have heard of Pinterest, both the controversy and the excitement of using it. I will be joining in the next day or two in spite of a few reservations but, I had a bit of work to do. I went through my website and Facebook page and put copyright text either on the picture, in the title description, or both. I really didn't want to put a watermark of sorts on my pictures as I feel it can be distracting but I feel at this time it is the prudent thing to do. I don't mind having my work shared or "pinned" at all but I do want the proper credit! Not everyone is aware of giving the proper credit, although they should be. I always do my best to credit and provide links back to the original source too. It takes a tiny bit more time but I feel it is the right and respectful thing to do.
I would love to hear what you all think of the whole Pinterest thing. Please do leave a comment and let me know what you think. The best information I have read so far has been on a recent post (3/2/12) from Alyson B. Stanfield's Art Biz Blog. Click on the link and take a look for yourself!
Oh! I just noticed my wee skeleton model peeking through the easel in the top photo. Do you see him?
-Renee

5 comments:

Crystal Cook said...

Your painting is coming along very nicely Renee! I do like that reflection from the glass, so pretty. :) And I agree with you about Pinterest. I really am ok with people pinning me as long as the photo links back to my site and I'm given credit as artist. Just today I found a BEAUTIFUL painting on Pinterest but could not find out who the artist was. Which was infuriating, and frustrating. I think you're right, the best thing we can do to protect ourself is what you're doing.

R.L. Delight said...

Thanks Crystal! I am pretty much hearing the same thing about the whole social media deal from other artists, particularly those who have had their work online longer than I have. Fortunately for me at this time, I don't have much so it wasn't too bad a chore to go back and make changes! Even so, I am not sure I want to go back and republish all the blog pages. I might just let it stand at that since I don't have as much at stake at this point. I appreciate your comment and your encouragement!

Rukshana Afia said...

I posted elsewhere on LinkedIn about Pinterest issues but what now bothers me most is the amount of time social media are already taking from me ! If I joined Pinterest too ....besides I guess I like words with my images ! Like in this blog of yours you have all this interesting technical stuff explaining each painting and its stages . I really learn a lot from it .

Theresa said...

Oh I like the white tablecloth a lot. And yes, I saw your little boney friend peeking out. If he waves though, I'm outta here! ;)
I haven't read anything about pinterest...I joined months ago and have done nothing with it, not even visited. I will check out your link though so I have more than an inkling what might be going on.Seems that my plate is just about as full as I ned it or want it to be. I'd rather spend my time catching up with the blogs I love, like yours!

R.L. Delight said...

Hi Theresa, my husband shares the same sentiment about my little friend. I would love to have a full size one but the price, and the expression on my husbands face, has delayed that purchase so far. I even offered to keep it in the closet but so far I don't have the heart to freak him out too badly.
I know what you mean about the time. I think I would put blogging and reading blogs first, then Facebook and a special women's artist group on LinkedIn I joined. I like Facebook because I can dance my way through in five minutes or so with a "like" here, a hooray comment there or condolences and prayers for those in need. Theresa, I am so hooked on your blog, it is the first one I look for when I am catching up on my reading!
@Rukshana, I have to agree, the time factor has delayed my joining Pinterest. Working in the studio is my priority and takes up much of my time. My studio is a computer/phone free zone. Thanks for stopping by!

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