The weeks fly by and the assignments pile up. As I work on the final assignment, I’m trying to understand what I’ve gotten out of this workshop. For me, with an illustrator background and spending more recent years enjoying the rush of plein air – I see how too readily I make compromises to meet a deadlineContinue reading “More assignments from 13 Problems”
Happy Holidays to all
The miserable winter of 2015 left trees and shrubs in shambles. Pulling broken magnolia branches out of a snow bank, I brought them home to see if they would bloom. The flowering was only partially successful, but I was very smitten with the resulting painting and started to imagine a series in a larger format. TheContinue reading “Must be Spring”
#flowerphotochallenge: day 5 of 7, a cyclamen work in progress. Oil paint on 8×8 canvas. This is more materials experimentation – no solvents. Here I’m using my traditional oil paints (Gamblin, Winsor Newton and Williamsburg) with a mix of linseed oil (for a bit more flow) and solvent-free daneridge cold wax (to cut the oil shine); I likeContinue reading “Work in Progress: Cyclamen in Rose”
December 24, Newfane VT. Locally sourced artisan still life?
This summer I developed a sensitivity (sensitivity = ranging from lightheaded dizziness to all out room-swirling vertigo) to solvents (paint thinner, with and without odor, turpentine, and mixtures that contain them). I carried on through the plein air season, first focusing on not standing downwind of my solvent filled brush jar and then starting toContinue reading “Learning new tricks with old oils”
Vermont was at its best – painting, inspiration, friends and wonderful, dramatic skies but not too much rain. Art New England is a 3 week program of art workshops from Mass College of Art held at Bennington College, a picture perfect summer retreat. (as of today, 7/26 – its not to late to sign upContinue reading “A Week of Painting at Art New England with Stanley Bielen”