Sunday, September 30, 2007
At the end of every month, I set art goals for myself for the following month. In doing so, I always struggle with spending time on practice versus spending time on creativity and self-expression. By practice, I mean working through art instruction books, going to classes, and participating in WetCanvas activities such as the Weekly Drawing Thread and the Scavenger Hunts. I have a fair amount of self-discipline, so I typically attain my practice goals. Sometimes I devote so much time to practice, however, that I don't have the time or energy for creative self-expression, which is the whole point of art, I think.
In October, I am going to try to spend 50% of my art time on practice and 50% on creativity and self-expression.
How do others balance practice and creative self-expression?
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This drawing is based on two photographs: one of my son and one of a flowering bush. The idea here is to draw the viewer's eye to the subject (my son) by obscuring the subject. Another exercise from Keys to Drawing with Imagination.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Our teacher gave us these 7 steps to success:
- Art is intention.
- Put composition on canvas (i.e., drawing).
- Preliminary, impressionistic painting.
- Work with secondary objects or background.
- Work with midground or frontground.
- Classical transparent glazes
We finished Step 3 last week; today we will start Step 4. Hurrah! Painting at last!
The course teaches the painting style of the Flemish and Dutch masters.
Here are some artists that painted in this style:
I notice that in addition to being a first-rate painter, Rachel Ruysch had 10 children. Where did she find the time? Wow!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Yesterday I posted the Urtz Farm ... today I am posting the Urtz fields. This is again a view from my parent's front yard. These fields changed dramatically the week I visited. When I arrived, the hay was full grown. While I was there, the farmer first cut the hay and then rearranged it in preparation for harvesting. I painted this en plein air. Watercolor on 5" x 8" Acquarello Watercolor Studio 140 lb cold pressed paper.