I have been struggling with my light source. I paint in a room with windows and have to block some of the light to get a readable painting. Its confusing to have too many light sources! My solution is to put my still life props into a box. I then put one strong light on my subject and that seems to work.
The title of this painting came to me after I finished painting it. The spoons seemed to be lined up waiting their turn to dive into a pool!
There is a back story to most events in a persons life.
How did they get where they are now? I guess this is my short answer?
As a military wife, I had the opportunity to study classical oil painting while living in Europe.
These studies lasted three years while being surrounded by the Belgium countryside. Returning to the States, I re-enrolled in college to major in Fine Art.
have always been fascinated with painting. I remember being in a
artist's home when I was about six, and "really looking" at the
paintings wondering "how" they were made? This sense of wonder about
painting has held my attention all my life.
Today I still study painting daily, and continuously look for inspiration for that next painting!
Last year had some real highs and lows. The lows took me away from painting while dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's. The high was hiking in Arizona, seeing Sedona and taking a painting workshop.
Now after a long absence from painting I am faced with the nagging "how long will it take to get back to were I was?" My plan is to start with value studies first and do Notan drills. I think it is more of a head thing right now, once I get rested and unpacked things should start to fall into place.
I "should" have called this, "Don't Paint in the Dark!"
When I really get into a painting, I'm not aware of anything else!
It was late in the afternoon when I started painting and the sun was setting fast. I had my still life setup of the pears lite, but didn't have a light on my palette because I was using the daylight. When I finished, I brought my light stand around to light my panel and was surprised at not only the colors, but the knife strokes as well!
So my lesson learned for today is, light both your subject and your palette.
I hate when I have to learn things over and over!
So you might say, "why don't you fix it?"
I don't like to go back into a painting,
I have found it rarely works for me, and just becomes fussy.
I have been on the road, so I had to paint this in my Hotel room. My supplies are VERY limited and I am still learning what they do! Using a limited palette and free style drawing seems to work best for me, for now. I will get more adventurous as I learn more about Abstracts and water soluble paints.
Or, I may go screaming, back to the comfort of my oils!
The painting workshops I get the most from, are the ones that take me out-of-my-comfort-zone!
When I am in a new environment I use all of my training and knowledge, or non-at-all! It might be the lack of sleep, traveling to a new location or meeting new people in the workshop? Whatever it is, something is different? The paintings produced are always surprising, if it's good, I'm surprised, and if it's bad, I'm surprised! But win or lose,I'm learning!
There is a very short video at the end of this blog post showing a sample of a recent plein air workshop. It starts with a shot of another artist dragging their equipment out to the painting site at 6:00am.! I was doing the same thing at the time, and have since re-thought my equipment! My trusty rolling cart let me down on this trip.
I joined the "Plein Air Painters of Arizona" for a two day painting workshop with Bill Cramer in Prescott Arizona! I can't say enough Good Things about the people I painted with, they were a helpful, fun group!
Plein Air - Lake Watson, Prescott Arizona by Jacklyn Karabaich
Two days of blissful painting!
Up at 4:00am to meet by 6:00am and hauling my equipment to painting sites
with NO bathroom facilities!
It was like a mini Boot Camp!
What made it all worthwhile was the instructor, Bill Cramer. Bill designed his paintings as he taught, and told why he was moving things around in the scene.
Knowing to not just paint-the-scene-in-front-of-me, but design a well thought out painting is something that comes with experience. Bill has this experience and painting skill along with a great sense of humor! Given the chance, I would take his workshop again!
I have had this beautiful little bowl for some time. It is blue on the inside, with little flowers and a swirl right in the center. Lately whenever I approach my easel I have been saying, "simplify, simplify!" I excluded painting the pattern in the bowl so I wouldn't confuse what was my center of interest, that gorgeous apple!