On the Other Hand…Was That the Left or the Right?

4th painting - Beach
4th painting – Beach

Surgery on my right shoulder January stopped me from painting for about a week while I was tethered to an ice machine and on some serious pain meds. I’m left handed and it made life difficult but I got by and got back to painting as soon as I could.

NOW I’ve had surgery on my LEFT shoulder! Oh boy. (My rotator cuffs have just worn out) I probably use my right hand more than most right-handed people use their left, but this is a whole new ballgame.

But what the hey, I have to paint. And I’ve wanted to loosen up my brush style. Let’s see what happens when I paint with my RIGHT hand!

3rd painting - On the Penninsula
3rd painting – On the Penninsula

What do you think?

Oh, and on the 4th one after reaching across to my paint I realized I should move my palette to the right side!

2nd painting - Grand River
2nd painting – Grand River

When I was 4 I broke my left arm and I still remember throwing my crayon across the table because I couldn’t color. At least now I don’t have to stay inside the lines.

If you have a story where you had an obstacle to your passion that you overcame tell me about it. I’ll send one of these right-handed sketches to my favorite story. Ends 9/9/15.

1st painting - bottles
1st painting – bottles

Workin’ It—Continued 3—Final

acrylic painting
Glass Catches Light

“Good enough” is NOT when it comes to my art. It’s a big red flag that more work needs to be done when that thought crosses my mind. I’m not happy yet and I may need to set it aside to contemplate it awhile.

There was a beam of light in the back that was gnawing on me like a piece of food stuck in my tooth. I got some inspiration from an art magazine I was reading, “Art International.com”. I put some paint on and scraped some paint off creating an interesting texture and depth. More depth is what was needed. Vigorous painting and scraping ensued. “Yes! This worked.” However…

Now the lower left corner—which was more or less an impression of folds of the tablecloth—looks out of place and definitely was competing with the more defined areas of the bottles. So I reworked that area in the same manner as the rest of the tabletop and it fits much better, don’t you think?

“Glass Catches Light” is my entry in the Mid-Michigan Art Guild Summer show at the Shiawassee Art Center beginning June 28, 2015 through August 2nd.

Workin’ It—Continued 2

acrylic painting in progress
painting 4

More work on the bottles. More work on the background. Back and forth. Keeping it balanced. Darken the darks. Lighten the lights. Add the reflections. Ooh that pops!

The more I look, the more I see. I can put in too much. Wipe it out and keep it simple in one area. Add some detail in another. I don’t want to get tight. I don’t want to get photographic. I’m finding more and more value in scraping out areas and repainting. I usually say right after I scrape it out, “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.” But as I’m painting again it always looks better.

shelf where I look at my art
Wall of contemplation

Now it goes on my wall of contemplation, so in the evening while I’m reading or watching TV I can keep looking up and see it and in those glances I see things that make me happy or that are just not right.

acrylic painting in progress
Painting 5

I thought I was done with this but I see that white beam in the back is bothering me. So more painting is to be done.

To be continued…

Workin’ It—Continued

In a landscape painting I usually work back to front. In this still life I wanted to block in some of the background to have an underpainting of color and then as I work on the bottles I can throw some the color I use in the bottles into the background so it will tie into the whole painting.

acrylic painting in progress
Painting in progress

I worked on some of the bottles and blocked in the other 2. I’m not sure why I chose that color. I just wanted something that glowed a bit. Neutralized the background so I can keep things relating to each other. Also starting the tabletop. I have a feeling this will go through many changes before I’m happy.

Acrylic painting in progress
Painting in progress 3.

Workin’ It

Painting every day has great benefits. It improves my painting for one. It’s a great habit and feels good like any regular exercise, and I miss it if I miss a day. Completing a daily painting gives a sense of accomplishment too, which feels good—if it doesn’t get washed down the drain. Not every painting is a keeper after all.

Sometimes the daily paintings make it hard to find time to work on larger paintings, which all of a sudden seem like an enormous task. But so it goes and I have started an 18×24″ for an upcoming show. Shows are great for goal setting.

Some artists start with the darks. Some work back to front. Some paint alla prima (wet-on-wet). Others paint in layers waiting for each layer to dry. I’ve learned all of this and tried all of this and I don’t think about any of it any more.

I get in a zone where I don’t think, I just do. I’m sure all those things I learned come through when I need them (or not). I just keep painting ’til I’m happy with it.

Here’s what I’m working on. I love the way glass and light react and dance with each other. So I’m looking at these bottles with sunlight reflecting and passing through and how it happens. Here we go…

art studio
my studio

Here’s the drawing and transfer to the canvas.

starting acrylic painting of bottles
beginning the painting

I decided to paint the first 2 bottles in their complementary colors. They will eventually be green.

To be continued…