Sunday, August 28, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
In the old city of Quebec, any corner you turn may hold charming sights, like yellow houses with blue doors and baskets of red flowers.
On another note- things artists don't want to hear on the eve of their big one-person show:
- The economy is tanking.
- There's a hurricane due to land on the east coast on the day your work is due at the gallery, 300 miles away.
And if it's true that everything comes in threes, there may be one more surprise coming...
Monday, August 15, 2011
From one of my favorite photos, a painting of my friend Ann and her dog. Look who's got the couch...
This will be in my show at the F.A.N. Gallery, coming up very shortly. I really like the work I've been doing the last two weeks- wish I'd been painting like this all along, I would have had all the work I needed weeks ago. As it is, I'm making a last minute push to get everything finished, varnished, and framed.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This is one of my favorite buildings in downtown Providence, and I've painted it several times. The light in the afternoon is very intriguing.
Getting ready for this show at the FAN Gallery, I've worked a lot from photos on the computer. One thing I've found is that it seems to be easy, particularly on larger pieces, to let your darks become too light. Photos on a monitor have so much more light and color than a print of the same image! Before you know it, all your shadows are too light and you've lost the contrast that you need. I had to work back into this to reestablish the darks. It can be helpful to make a print so you can find a happy medium, because prints are hard to work from too- the lights are too light and the darks are too dark. The truth is somewhere in between...