Earlier this week I woke up to the most beautiful fresh snowfall and just had to venture outside to capture some shots as the sun came up. I love playing with these simple landscapes. And the soft colors of early mornings are some of my favorites to capture.
If you would have told me just a few years ago that I would be a runner, I would have laughed. Somehow I got started and after a few years under my belt, I'm hooked. Its funny how a mundane pair of running shoes has now become one of my favorite things.
I love this shot of the ocean at early morning when the sky and water almost melt into each other. The whole scene is almost the same color, with just slight shifts in hue and value.
ail polish was one of my first daily painting subjects just a few weeks ago. In revisiting it, I can already see improvement! For this one, I liked the way the purple background looked with bits of the toned underpainting peeking through, so I left some.
These flamingos were a fun challenge for me. I've learned that detailed compositions like this can easily turn muddy if overworked. I'm having to learn to show restraint, but enjoying the process!
This quick study was done from a shot I took of some impressive looking storm clouds over one of the rivers in Charleston, SC (I no longer remember which one). I loved painting the light reflecting off of the water and the bit of rain in the distance.
I've noticed a trend with myself: I'm drawn to painting bright and shiny things. There is something so satisfying about slapping on those final strokes of white and how they instantly bring everything else in the painting together.
This one was challenging for me. I typically work with cadmiums, but I chose to add Alizarin crimson to deepen the red. Alizarin is very translucent, so difficult to work with alla prima. But I think I prevailed!
First up in my daily paintings available is "Boho Bangle". I loved working with the bright, super saturated colors in this piece. And the contrast of natural lighting on the left and a red light on the right created some really interesting effects.
My good intentions of keeping up with blog writing seem to have not resulted in much. I post frequently on my Facebook page, but seldom seem to have much to say other than brief comments, or at least seldom think to say anything more. I'm not sure if it will, but I really would like that to change. I'd like to be more intentional about sharing progress shots and bits of my process.
In the meantime, for 2015 I've set out to make daily painting a habit. Some friends and fellow artists introduced to me recently Carol Marine's new book on Daily Painting. The idea of daily painting is to create a small work each day (or most days) towards the goal of producing a greater number of works, exploring a wider range of subject matter, and keeping painting fresh and fun. I typically paint large, high-detail pieces that require weeks, if not months, of work. It is sometimes difficult to work for extended periods of time without any gratification of a finished piece. I've only done a handful of these small paintings so far, but I am already hooked and having a blast!
I've joined Carol Marine's site dedicated to the sale of daily paintings and will be posting regularly. The first goes up tomorrow! I will share the link then. In the meantime, here are a few of the first ones I've done, currently available at my physical gallery space at Second April Galerie.
Coming off of a year and a half spent locked away in my studio working on 50 portraits that had to stay under wraps until the exhibit opening, I am super excited to start sharing pieces as I finish them, as well as lots of in progress photos to show my process. I'm also looking forward to a chance to get feedback. One of the hardest things about working from home is the lack of feedback on a regular basis. I have a whole bunch of ideas for new paintings to come and can't wait to get started.
So, to break in this new blog, I'm going to share some progress shots of my most recent painting. My brother is in school, and has been mentioning how cool some art for his apartment would be. His birthday was coming up, so I decided to paint something for him.
Enter Dawson. Dawson is the family corgi, and I think he might secretly win the contest of who Josiah's most excited to see when he comes home on break. Dawson has also managed to become a sort of celebrity amongst Josiah's friends, even if they haven't met him. He has his own Facebook page. He's kinda a big deal.
So, it only seemed appropriate to make a super sized version of him, on a 3 foot square canvas. I've worked this way a few times before: very loosely in acrylics, layering washes of bright colors. It's a really fun change from my normal high-detail realism. I seldom work this large, so I was a little uncertain it was going to turn out well, especially in the early "ugly" layers. But he shaped up nicely!