The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Friday, December 31, 2010

Learning Experience

I have done something over the holidays that I don't normally try to do -- copying the work of another artist. I was not, of course trying to copy for any reason other than learning. I've been struggling with a few things, such as making trees simple shapes with a variety of edges. Not painting every leaf. Making a tree look like a specific tree instead of  "every tree." There's a particular artist I admire who does all of those things in a masterful way, and I thought it would be a helpful exercise. Boy, was I right.  Please note I do not plan to name the artist, to save him or her cringing embarrassment. Suffice it to say, these are not for sale.

First up, a summer scene.
With this one, I was able to work on the trees as simple shapes, as well as edges. I love the way the artist hints at detail, and copying this was enlightening in that regard as well.

A winter scene:
I had to rush this one a bit, and so wasn't able to adjust values the way I wanted to. But I love the way the artist depicts bare branches. Mine still look a bit too leafy, but I still learned a lot about hinting at detail.

Fun, fun, fun!  Next up -- trying to apply these lessons to a composition of my own, before it's time to go back to TBP (The Bad Place -- work!).

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Museum Hopping

If you are ever in North Georgia and have a spare day, check out the Booth Western Museum ( We went there yesterday to see the Ansel Adams exhibit, which was stupendous,  but there is so much more there. There are some by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, Maynard Dixon, Paul Calle, and Howard Terpning, to name a few. We will be going back, as we couldn't see it all. Well worth the trip.
Charles M. Russell, Painting.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finding Humor as Well as Beauty in Life

For some reason, my favorite comics have had art-related themes lately. Or maybe I'm just finding art stuff wherever I look (and you can tell where I've been looking!).

From The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn:

From Free Range by Bill Whitehead:
Here's to more art and more humor in 2011!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Painting Again

Finally, I have something to post. Between the holidays, the obligatory holiday cold, and painting awful paintings that I wouldn't dare show, it feels good to have something done.  I do have another one or two in the works I may share in the coming days.

This is a 5x7" palette knife painting on canvas. The temps are going into the teens again tonight (yes, this IS Atlanta) so I wanted a summer scene to remind me that this weather, too, shall pass.  Still working on trees and tree anatomy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Next Workshop

Now, this kind of figure drawing, I could do. Compliments of Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Paints from Occhuzzie Paint Company

I love getting new art supplies. It's like Christmas every time. You wouldn't think someone could get excited about paint, but I do. A friend told me about a small paint company specializing in hand-milled oil paints. They were having a sale, and of course, I couldn't resist. Check it out. The sale is still going on. I think I'm in love with the cadmium red medium!

Here's to hoping I have time over the holidays to put this new paint in action....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

View into an artist studio circa 1902

I love the website called Shorpy, which is a "a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago."  Be sure to read about Shorpy while you're there. You can click on the "View Full Size" link under every photo to see a super-sized version. And don't blame me if you end up spending way too much time there, like I do!

Artist Studio

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Hole in the Wall

And sometimes it's just a hole in the wall.

Comic courtesy of Free Range, by Bill Whitehead.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This is a 6x6" oil painting destined for the Adopt a Golden Atlanta silent auction at the February Gala.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Great Debate Regarding Plein Air Painting

Daniel Grant has another interesting piece in the Huffington Post about the definition of Plein Air painting, and why it might matter.  I liked this part in particular:
Perhaps the most difficult thing to determine is how much any of this matters (and to whom it matters -- collectors or just artists seeking status among themselves).