The month of March I spent in 29 Palms with 5 other women painters. We stayed in an original adobe built in the 30s. We produced over 150 paintings and our show will be at Eureka Studio Arts this coming Arts Alive. Hope to see you all there. I painted this interior one day when it was too hot for me outside.
oil on panel 12x12"
We called it painting bootcamp. One solid month to paint in a new hot climate. We all had a blast and did what comes natural for us, we painted all day everyday. By 8pm were all exhausted and turned-in for the night. Up again at 5am we hustled to get er done! We layed out our work as it was completed on a long table in the sun, by the end of the day the oils had dried, kind of a miracle.
Painting in the desert with 5 other women last month (all of March) was a truly wonderful experience. This is the adobe we stayed in. It was built in the 30s by the original homesteader in 29 Palms. All together we produced over 140 paintings and more are to come from photo reference no doubt. The grand show at Eureka Studio Arts will be in May.
I painted this piece as an exercise in loosening up my approach to portraits and using more expressive paint. It was really interesting for me to push my sensibilities with the paint. Several times I thought I was close to being done, only to find that the painting by Carolyn Anderson that I was consulting for help in problem solving showed more variety, so I kept at the process of pushing the painting further. In the end, I think I learned a lot about the range of possibilities the paint can offer, I also learned that variety in paint application can bring a certain vitality and immediacy to the painting. Tho I probably won't make a practice of painting this thick all the time, I do have a stronger sense in the importance showing the "artist's hand" in the painting.
This was a water color and market painting I did in December, when I was on a kick of painting folks Selfies off of Instagram. "Travisthecoolone" is the user name of a middle school student my daughter goes school with. I only know him through his Instagram account and through any stories I hear from Abby. Kinda fun to have a window into her life that way...
Lately I have been diving into figurative painting, running three figure painting sessions a week and teaching a fourth session. When I'm not working from the model, I've been experimenting from photos like this one from Senshistock. In this piece, I was interested in the narrow color range and the geometry of the model. The piece measures about 15" x 12" oil on gessoed paper.