My friend, Jen Spaker and I took a workshop a few weeks ago from Patti Mollica. It was a great workshop, just what I needed at the time. She emphasized large brushes for all painting, and using the edge and corners of the large brush for smaller areas. It works! Here are a few I did in class with a little more work at home. All are 8x8 and will be on Daily Paintworks. (see icon to click on in right hand column)
Stellar Atlanta artist Nancy Franke recommends painting a small to warm up before starting your painting day. Sounded like a great idea to me, so here are 3 of some of my smalls. All 6x6, all 60.00 each, and all on Daily Paintworks.
Contrary to how it looks on my blog, I have been painting. Actually I've been painting in my kitchen--my studio is a glassed in, no heat porch, and it has been quite cold here in Charlotte.
I've done several medium sizes (9x12 and up) as well as quite a few 6x6. I often use the 6x6 to warm up when I first begin painting for the day. I think it makes me a little looser.
I have painted at least 3 paintings from photos at CanCan. I have certainly gotten lots of mileage from only one visit there, By the way, the food and service were awesome. It was a great splurge night!
This painting is Day 18 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge led by Leslie Saeta.
I began this painting on Tuesday, my regular day to paint with the Plein Air Buds--we usually paint
outside, hence the name plein air. But it was cold and we are wussies! One of our members set up
three wonderful still lifes for us in the nice, warm Matthews studio.
I was not too pleased with my painting at the end of the session, so I worked on it at home. Also, you might like to know that the "green" apple is actually green. I just could not get the color for it adjusted.
This is Day 9 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge, and we are still in Jackson Hole. That trip was so inspiring and gave me many photos to use. And of course, If a painter goes to Jackson Hole, it's imperative that one paint aspens--they are so beautiful!
This is Day 8 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge, and I am having a blast doing this!
My resource for this painting is a photo taken when I was in Jackson Hold this Fall.
My studio is a glassed in sun porch without heat. The greenhouse effect and a space heater always makes it quite comfy in the winter, but not with the polar vortex cold wave, I moved my easel and paints into the kitchen and it's really cozy. Now I can paint and make vegetable soup at the same time.
As my Mother would say, I am a day late and a dollar short--actually I'm 5 days late in joining Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/?m=0
Leslie is a painter (mostly with a palette knife), a workshop giver, an interviewer and giver of podcasts for artists, and a former marketing agent. Every so often she throws out a challenge to make all us painters work harder and we love her for it!
Anyway this is my starting date. I did consider doing a series of one subject, but decided just to paint. It will probably be mostly landscapes.
I will also post them on Facebook each day. If you are not friends with me, please look up my site at Connie Gatlin Snipes. I would like to be your friend!
Painting people is hard work, but I love it. If you get a barn a little too long, no one notices, but a too long nose, a too short mouth, etc and you're in deep trouble. I am working on my figurative painting skills and try to get at least one figure painting done each week.
In honor of Veterans Day, this is my father, who served in WW11. He was in the Pacific on the USS Wisconsin, and wherever we lived there was always a picture of the ship in our hall. The Wisconsin was recomissioned and served in the Gulf War. Although my Dad was no longer with us, my Mother and my sister, and our children went to the ceremony in Pascagoula, MS. It was an electrifying experience walking inside the same ship where my Dad had walked.
Difficult-difficult-and difficult! I could not get a good photo of this painting. It's not nearly as pink as it appears on my screen, has some nice green around the boat, and the sky also did not translate well. I did work with the editing app, but just couldn't get it to look quite like the painting. You'll just have to take my word for it!
This painting is for a new baby in our family. The baby's room has a tree motif begun with a stained glass window, so I continued the tree theme with my painting. The "mommy" did not want anything cutesy or childish so this could theoretically go with him/her to the first apartment. It will be framed in a white plein air frame.
The painting was painted en plein air at Little Sugar Creek here in Charlotte. I pushed the colors slightly to go with the colors in the baby's room.
Although I haven't been posting regularly, I have been painting regularly. It's just that I have such a time with this Windows 8! It took me about an hour (again) tonight to get photos downloaded, find them (that took forever), and edit. I wrote it all down in sequence and hope that will solve the problems.
This barn was painted from a photo I found in a stack of photos I keep around when not painting plein air. I now belong to plein air groups, which I love. Painting with friends is the best!
I seem to have a love affair with hay bales. I've certainly painted quite a few. This is a studio piece painted from a photo from my Nimrod Hall days. Nimrod Hall is sort of an artist's retreat in a rural part of Virginia. Many people go year after year--a tradition with painting and relaxing for a week or two.
You may possibly be wondering where I fell off the earth. Actually, I had to buy a new computer, and I now have The Evil Windows 8. It has been quite the learning curve--I just today figured out how to arrive at Blogger Dashboard.
This little path was found in one of Charlotte's many parks. I just cannot remember which one. I certainly do remember, however, how hot, humid and mosquito ridden it was. I still love to paint outside, and I know it's good for working on painting skills.
This 10 foot sculpture by Pop Artist, Claes Oldenburg, is in the lobby of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. I couldn't find much info on it, although I recognized it immediately from college art history classes. I'm reasonably sure it is not the original one--it's too small for that, only 10- feet. Oldenburg is still alive although in his 80's, I believe.
I was in Richmond this spring for a painting workshop with Ann Blair Brown and visited the museum before leaving for home the last day. By the way, it was an excellent workshop.