Friday, 7 August 2015

How not to develop a brand

I listen to podcasts while I paint.  I don't listen to music because I tend to paint in the rhythm of the music and I can get very enthusiastic if the beat is good.  I learn from Podcasts if I listen but if I am really into the painting it becomes  just background noise and I have no idea what the podcast was about.

One of my favourite podcasts is Artists Helping Artists.  They suggest that everything you publish should be focused in developing your brand.  I want my brand to be painting dogs, so a painting of flowers doesn't really make sense.

Oh well.  I may not have a brand but I enjoyed painting it. wild flowers
Wild Flowers 36 x 12

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Painting Ricky Take One

Ricky is my grand nephew (I don't know it that is the correct term for the son of my niece).  Without prejudice I can say he is an amazing child.  Of course I am not prejudiced but he really is terrific smart and fun.  

This is my first attempt at painting him  - just a practice. Here is what I learnt:

  1. Nothing wrong with gessoing over an old painting but if you want the smooth skin of a child sand it down to avoid seeing the gesso brush strokes over the cheek.  
  2. Any strong edge on the face looks like a wrinkle and turns a child into an old man - a creepy old man
  3. Children's faces are weird after you are used to adults.  
  4. Use a soft brush to avoid brush strokes
  5. Lastly if your subject is a child drawing, it might make sense to include the crayon - just saying.
Ricky with an invisible crayon

Friday, 24 July 2015

This is Summer

Summer in Montreal is special.  A sure  sign is all the festivals -  jazz, comedy, circus etc.  They close a major bridge for the firework's competition. This time of year is great because half the city is on vacation and there is hardly any traffic.

The daily paint works challenge is "this is Summer".  My vision is Gerry trying to keep water out of his nose.  I have seen him do this a million times. S. Charto
Water up my nose

Makes me laugh every time.  What can I say - I am a romantic.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Just Chillin

I haven't painted a dog in just about forever.  It feels so great to run back to my comfort zone.  Mully is complaining that I spend more time painting her than playing with her - she may be right. S. Charto
Just Chillin

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Where's the reflection

I did another reflection painting - can you see where the reflection is?

Monday, 22 June 2015

Rodin - Wow

I went to see the Rodin exhibit - and all I can say is wow.  The man is prolific.  Hubbo couldn't' believe how little work he did.  Between his assistants and the bronzers it appears as if he didn't do much.  He had to spend a lot of time looking for work.  I bet if he lived today he would be an expert on social media. We both enjoyed the show.  My favourite was standing under the thinker.  It was big really big how big do you say -  I have no idea but it was towering over me.

The daily painter's challenge this week is reflections.  I had the idea while I was looking  at the show to paint one of his small statues that was in a glass case.  You could see the front and the back reflection on the glass.  this is  painting is all about values.

If you have a chance to see the show go.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

picket fence 2

I did another version of the picket fence, this time a close up.
Picket fence up close.