I started a new series while finishing Fields of Color. The series “Fields of Stars” is inspired to the astonishing display of lights and colors that the Universe bestows on us every night. It is also a metaphor for keeping the faith when life is at its darkest.
I started this project a week ago… when, after my Odette disaster, my creativity was taking a confidence beating. I had started a portrait of a young men I had met on vacation and found I was blocked. I tried to force myself to go on with the work and ended it throwing a very good sketch away…
I needed a simple project that would get me to the easel and kept me painting; so I chose to paint the flowers for the months of the year. As it turns out, there is nothing more difficult than to attempt to portrait Nature’s effortless perfect beauty… Like Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, I can confidently sing “you can learn a lot of things from the flowers” 🙂
Here is the first season: Spring.
This might as well be the most difficult and frustrating work I have done so far. It was my first time using cold press Arches paper and it definitely put my skill to the test.
This paper was so absorbent it would suck in my color as soon as the brush touched the surface. Obviously a very good support for painters who like to work a lot of wet on dry (and truly, the effects and textures are amazing), but for someone like me for whom wet on wet is daily bread… this paper was a nightmare.
Yet, it was a very very productive one! I have never learned more on any other piece. Th results are not completely satisfying, but the process of getting here was really fun.
Mixing the colors for the palette
Work in progress
The focus required for this piece made my daughter take out her camera and documenting my laser sharp grumpiness 🙂
I completed this study over the past couple of nights…. this is not something I say very often about my work, but I must say I am kind of fond of this piece 🙂
For the very first time I guess, I have let got of the obsession of controlling the details…and I just let the color do the work. It is really amazing to me :))) So I guess this little study will stay with me in the studio as a reminder that art is first of all self discovery 🙂
When I finished the Chief Seattle piece, I knew I had hit my limits with color. I liked the drawing very much, but I could not translate the idea of color I held in my mind onto paper… the more I tried, the more the piece got messy and I hated it in the end.
So I decided to take a class dedicated completely to color and below is the first piece where I applied the new skills…
It is dedicated to the person who tough me (among a lot of other things) that limits are just trials meant to push us to better ourselves.
Bought new colors today (woohoooo!!!): Payne’s Gray and Deep Cerulean… so I decided to attack and old pen sketch I hated and never finished… I think my sentiment toward it has changed completely :)… love the way these new colors interact with each other!
Today I attended my very first Art Day as a guest artist. I was sooo excited and nervous to demonstrate my work in front of the children, but they were all very enthusiastic about the waterlilies I had chosen as a subject for today.
What the children did not learn is that I had a technology malfunction (the photo I had chosen for the demonstration and prepared for did not upload on my iPad) and the waterlilies were actually very much improvised…
Not exactly my best work, but it was really fun to paint for the little buzzing bees 🙂