(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

We had the Zoom-class group critique on this one and I got really great feedback (& kudos... gotta love those kudos!!!). I got the depth, tension, and contrasts... the transitions between the red to yellow worked well and the teacher liked the way I used the in-between tones to capture volume. This was an enriching … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

Another visit to the Farmer's Market and a huge bin full of these orange beauties. Almost pumpkins, but not quite. Textured like zucchini, but not quite. The size of the average butternut squash, but not quite. It's orange, but the variations of hues and intensities on each squash make it... well, not quite orange either. … Continue reading That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

The Creature’s Cave

For me, monochrome photos always seem more cinematic. The stories that come to mind are almost always related to old monster movies from the 1950s... which are invariably in black and white. It seems to me that the directors had to be more experienced with traditional photography to frame their shots. Perhaps because they so … Continue reading The Creature’s Cave

The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

My dwarf Japanese Maple never fails to inspire me. It could be that this tiny tree always looks ancient. Maybe it's just that it is packed with texture and character. I just love it. All the reds I get in the leaves blow my mind. They change day to day, from bright to dark reds, … Continue reading The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

The Sureness of Autumn

We went for a nature walk out in the country and on the way back came across a farmers market. You can see that the sun was incredible this day and it pulled our certain colours while muting others. The overall effect was lovely and reflected the coming autumn. We had been in denial that … Continue reading The Sureness of Autumn

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Taking Shape

I was doubtful about this one, but I am still able to build up the volume from only two colours to play with. It takes a little more time, perhaps, but it's taking shape. I have to step away from it to see what I'm doing. I don't usually have to do that, so this … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Taking Shape

Working In Fibres from Home – Where I’m at so far…

Ok, so it was a rocky start... the teacher is super motivated, incredibly knowledgeable, and ridiculously enthusiastic! In fact, she has curated nearly 8 readings a week, shared many alternate recipes for all things related natural dyes, and prepared multiple video-demos. If I was a Fibres major with nothing but fibres to think about, I'd … Continue reading Working In Fibres from Home – Where I’m at so far…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – GULP! Limited Palette Angst! – First Steps…

Reminder: My palette is: Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Orange, Orange-Red, Red. That's it! None of my old tricks will work here... No white... No black! Yikes!!! To complicate things, the teacher very elegantly said that we will be learning about volume, shape, then all I heard was a buzzing form of AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGG!!!! My head went into a … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – GULP! Limited Palette Angst! – First Steps…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still Life Project – The Set-Up

This should be an interesting challenge... I'm just not sure I'm going to enjoy it... yet. The teacher called it Analogous Colour Palette. We need to pick a primary colour (Red, Yellow, or Blue) and with a total of five colours, pick connected colours on the colour wheel. I chose red as my primary colour... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still Life Project – The Set-Up