Thursday, December 31, 2009

Second Bowl, Half Filled

On Christmas Day, in the Half Sweet Studio, I put layers and layers of paint on my friend's face (well, on a little canvas panel).

Then, I threw some paint on to a black-gessoed panel. Whoo!

Now I'm scared to continue -- what if I wreck the part I like?!

But that splash of golden in the corner needs attention. Or actually, a little less attention....
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Half Sweet, Christmas Day

She dreams in colors and dreams colors into existence. She painted me in joyful colors, and from my somber colors her blazing red heart emerges. She describes herself as "98 percent water, half sweet."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Still holding the bowl steady

A third and fourth day of painting. Limited palette: Kroma acrylics, Vancouver Grey 2009, as a base. And some Kroma Zinc White. The mountains came fast; everything else took until now, with Golden Open acrylics: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue (lots), burnt sienna (mix with blue to get the darks), titanium white and touches of Indian yellow. Plus a teeny bit of Pyrrole Red near the end. Here's how it started a week ago.

Stage 1: last Saturday --

Monday -- no brush, just sea sponge, rag, fingers....


And this morning, Saturday, I think I'm ready to go on to the next painting.

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Hold the Bowl Steady and It Will Fill"

I sat looking across the Skagit Valley for a long time on Thursday just before the sun went down, and again the next morning before the sun came up over Three Fingers in the Cascades. Came home and started this painting, and gave it a name; painted some more today. Seeing it abstracted to a photo, I can see what I want to do next.