My apologies for not keeping up with my blog however I started the year way under the weather and it really put be very far behind in every aspect of my life. Plus, there have been way to many non art activities that I’ve been forced into by people who don’t appreciate my time nearly as much as I do.
But the good news is that there have been more sales that I’m happy to report and hopefully, I’ll get back to painting soon.
Each year the Gamblin paint company cleans their filter and makes paint out of the pigment they collect. They put it in a tube and when you buy their paint, you receive a free tube of this random grey paint. The color can be different every year. They call it Torrit Grey. (I believe Torrit is the filtering system.) Also every year Gamblin paint company holds a contest and you can see the rules for yourself at their website: www.gamblincolors.com. There is a link there to see past shows and winners.
Basically you must paint with the current year torrit grey paint and you can use any white and a black.
My Torrit Bird paintings were painted with just the torrit grey and white – Gamblin’s Flake White Replacement.
Even though they allow you to enter 3 works, I only entered the top bird – he was my favorite.
Done last weekend for the 10th annual world wide paint out. Went down to DuBois Park and set up toward the inlet.
It was a nice day but there was a storm coming in from the ocean. That gave me a great cloud to work on though. It sprinkled a little while I was there but as soon as it started to thunder I packed up and left.
For the 2012 Sketchbook Project (I’ve put a link over there on the right for ArtHouse Coop) I wanted to do something different. It’s a great way to try out new things and experiment. There is a large portfolio in my supply closet with assorted handmade papers so it seemed a good place to start.
Some of the papers were crinkled up and colored with water colors – sort of dyed. The colors made a small palette of purple, green, blue and orange. Then of course there was white paper. One piece of paper was hand made mango paper – appropriate for my part of the world. My decision was that the sketchbook would be all about paper as a medium.
Although collage is not one of my mediums – it seemed the right thing to do.
The actual title of this painting is “Postcard from Paradise” but it’s the usual spot at Hobe Sound Beach. This was done from a photograph that I had taken, actually I had taken many photographs that day because while I was there painting another painting more umbrellas kept popping up. I wanted to be sure that I had the maximum number of umbrellas and this is what I ended up with. The beach drops off and people set themselves up on the edge of the dune.
This is a pastel painting on Wallis Museum Grade paper. It’s a decent size – 18×24 and I started with a water color underpainting. The underpainting is mostly a block in of complementary colors. So, in the grassy foreground I used a reddish brown and pink for the sky and water. An underpainting also saves on pastels, because the Wallis paper is a sanded paper that will eat up the pastels fairly quickly.
It occurred to me this morning that I have more to show from Hobe Sound Beach and don’t know why my post was so short yesterday. My plan isn’t to blog daily because then I wouldn’t get any painting done, but will post frequently to start anyway.
This is a full shot of the painting that I use on my header and avatar. If you walk down to the end of Hobe Sound Beach this is what you see. Because it’s such a hike I painted this from a photo instead of hauling my art supplies out there.
I’ve also painted this view in pastels and it usually is hanging up at JayMar in Stuart, FL where I sometimes teach pastels.
Here is the larger version of the lifeguard station that I painted on location:
This is one of my small works – in fact I’ve painted this in a larger format as well. The lifeguard station is actually not the coolest type of lifeguard station in FL. It’s one of those metal things that seem to be portable. I’d prefer a nice old wooden structure with more character like the ones down in South Beach.