Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More Daily Paintings

It has definitely proved to be a challenge to finish a painting every day.  But it does push me to be in the studio more frequently, even when I don't have loads of time.  Here are a few of the latest, which are up on my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

These are all 6"x6", acrylic on panel, some with collage:

Daily Painting #10

Daily Painting #11

Daily Painting #12

Daily Painting #13

These small paintings give me an opportunity to focus my visual ideas. It is a way of paring down a visual statement, trying to get it clear and simple. I would like to use this format to make studies for larger works. Not sure how that will work, or IF it will work.  I don't generally use sketches or studies to create larger work. But the practice of finishing a piece in one or two sittings is similar to my Five Minute Paintings, in that it makes me focus and make aesthetic decisions more readily.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enhancing a Color Area

Here is a short video demo on how I like to make an area of color more interesting and nuanced.  The key is subtlety, very low contrast variations on one color:



If you play the ukulele or would like to learn how to play the ukulele, I am teaching at the Vermont Ukulele Harvest, October 14, and also taking the workshops by other teachers. Check it out!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Daily Painting Practice

I have managed to finish at least one painting per day since I started the Daily Painting. My goal is to keep it up as almost daily painting. I can't make it a priority on travel days or teaching days, but most week days while I am not away teaching I should be able to finish a small painting. The small format (I am working 6"x6") is very user-friendly.  I am painting directly on gessoed wood panels.

You can see my daily paintings, as well as studies and experimental pieces for sale here.  See the entire gallery of Daily Paintworks here.  Sell your own work on Daily Paintworks!


Here are four of my daily paintings. Of course, I still work in multiples, so there are more of each of these, some finished, as you'll see on my DPW gallery, and some still in the works. I would love to hear your own thoughts on a daily painting practice.  Have you tried it?  Have you been doing it for years? How does it work for you?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Daily Painting

I had the pleasure of Carol Marine's attendance at my workshop in Bend, Oregon, the other week at Art in the Mountains.  Carol is the person behind the Daily Paintworks web site and the author of "Daily Painting".  Though she is primarily a representational painter, and works in oils, I found we had much in common as artists.
In addition to inspiring daily painting, with loads of examples, Carol has a great section on composition. Though her process is different from mine, her essential message is exactly the same: trust your instincts; if a piece feels/looks "right", don't question it.  If it does not feel right, that is the time to refer to some basic rules and guidelines.  Don't start with the rules; start with your gut feeling, your visual intuition.

In her book Carol advocates completing one small painting per day, or as frequently as possible.  I am inspired to give it a try! My usual approach is to start a whole bunch of paintings, and work on them all over the course of whatever-time-I-have-available between workshops.  I never, NEVER, put pressure on myself to finish anything, but allow paintings to come to maturity in their own time. And they do, if I am paying attention.  I've started working on 6"x6" panels, and have completed several in the last several days.  Of course I've made many beginnings, but the practice is to finish one per day, and this makes a greats counterpoint to my usual practice.

Daily Painting #1, 6"x6"

Daily Painting #4, 6"x6"
See these and other on my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another Color Mixing Tutorial

This one is about mixing analogous colors, those that are adjacent on the color wheel. I am using the same pigments that I used in the color wheel demonstration:  Napthol Red Medium and Naples Yellow Hue in this case. A standard color wheel often has twelve colors: three primaries, three secondaries, and six tertiary colors (those in between primary and secondary colors).  This is an arbitrary division of colors that gives us a convenient vocabulary.  There are, of course, infinite variations and gradations.  In this demo I simply mix a greater number of gradations between red and yellow than I do in the color wheel.






You can find my new series of technique videos - The Elements of Visual Language -  here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Color Mixing Demonstration

I will be releasing a series of videos that demonstrate techniques that I reference in my new book, "Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language".  While shooting the videos, we decided to do a number of short chapters on color mixing that could be available at no cost.  This is the first in the series.  I hope you enjoy it!


It is really fun to explore various groups of primary colors this way. It gives you real insight into the potential of specific pigments.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Back from Madeline Island

Wow!  And island in Lake Superior is a fabulous place to spend a week.  Here are a few pictures of our Series As Process workshop at Madeline Island School of the Arts. In addition to the workshop space being well appointed and well laid out, the meals were terrific, there were beverages of all sorts available at all times (water, seltzer, coffee, soda, wine) at no cost, great wifi in every building, and bicycles available for anyone's use.  The staff seemed delighted to attend to our every need.  The studio is accessible twenty-four hours, so students could work at night if they chose, or go in early in the morning.  And the island is beautiful!

Big Bay State Park is just up the road, with hiking trails, beaches, places to jump into the lake.  And the Big Bay Town Park offers access to a beautiful lagoon and an awesome beach, with canoe and kayak rentals.  With daylight extending until about 9:00 pm, I was able to explore both of these parks in the evenings, hiking along the shore, canoeing in the lagoon, and I did jump in the lake (brrrr!) too.

I will definitely be returning to MISA in 2019, July 22 - 26.





One Student's work on one project

Demo example, in process

BIKES!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FAQ's

I have decided to post a list of FAQs.  There are a number of questions that come up pretty frequently, both in workshops and via e-mail, so this might be useful.  Take a look here.

FAQ

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Demo at Edgewater Gallery

Last Saturday I demonstrated my painting techniques at Edgewater Gallery, in Middlebury, Vermont. I had never done that before - demonstrated in a non-workshop setting - and was not sure what to expect. It was REALLY fun! We will plan to do it again, maybe in the dark of winter with vibrant, warm colors.





Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teaching At Omega

Here are a few photos of my recent workshop at Omega, "Intuitive Painting".  Thanks again to all who participated! 
GREAT studio space, with lots of light

Demo

Playing with Cut Paper

Playing with a viewfinder

Cut up, re-assemble

My examples of Ways To Make Shapes

Juxtaposing unlike elements

Busy busy BUSY!!!

Student work on the wall

More work on the wall, a series by one student
Thanks for visiting.  I will be teaching again at Omega next year, June 3 - 8, 2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Elements of Visual Language is AVAILABLE!!

Finally, the book I have been working on all winter and spring (having made notes on it for the preceding year or so), is now available from Amazon.  You can download an excerpt here.

Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language emphasizes the practice of observing your work as it develops, without judgment or self-criticism.  My hope is that it allows you to be more personally expressive and authentic in your artistic explorations.

Hope you enjoy it!  There are more in the pipeline.  And a video coming out later this summer.

Click here to purchase.



Friday, June 2, 2017

A Look at the Rauschenberg Show

Julie Fe Fan Balzer posted an amazing group of photos of the Rauschenberg show that is currently up at MOMA.  It is called Robert Rauschenberg Among Friends, and includes works by Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and others. I am cheating and posting a screen shot of one of Julie's photos.  This is a close-up of Minutiae, 1954, part of a collaboration Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns did with the choreographer Merce Cunningham, and the composer John Cage.