Week 4 of my eCourse and I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. Start out with thin paint, bold and bright, massing in the shapes. Then redefine the drawing with this handy tool, the Kemper wipe out tool. It has a pointy rubber tip on one end and a chiseled rubber tip on the other; it removes the paint from the surface.
Moving on to thicker more opaque paint with lively brushtrokes and a variety of colors allowing some of the layer below to show through.
If I fuss too much in one area, instead of blending it starts getting mushy, losing that lively quality, paint builds up, and it gets muddy.
The Kemper tool comes in handy here. I can wipe out a whole area back to the surface and start over. Oil paint stays wet for a long time allowing me to do that. Put back in the brights and be more attentive to the opaques. Way better than wiping out on a surf board.
Here is my blue chair painting from week 4. #DreamLovePaint
Painting realistically is not hard for me. Pushing it to photo-realism is challenging but not impossible. (I used to think I could’ve been a forger.) But I find it tedious, and with cameras what they are today, why paint that way?
I want to make my art look like paint, show my brushstrokes and marks, and show my interpretation of the subject.
But breaking habits is not easy. This week’s painting of a sunflower proved that. When watching my eCourse DreamLovePaint video and Dreama said to “mass in the shapes of the petals”, boy I wanted to paint each and every petal!
This is going to take some practice.
Here is my sunflower painting from week 3. #DreamLovePaint
Making art usually takes place in solitude, not always, but usually. So many artists like to have a social outlet to keep them sane and the company of other artists allows them to discuss some of the challenges they encounter.
Every Saturday morning I get together with a group of artists for breakfast at a local diner. We catch up on the week’s activities and discuss the “Art question of the week.” Non-artists are welcome, spouses and friends as well.
An older gentleman has become a regular. I believe he has done some sketching. He is Swiss, looks like Santa with a shock of white hair, bushy white eyebrows, and white beard. I don’t always understand him. He is soft spoken, chuckling while he speaks, and telling jokes I don’t get.
I was showing around some paintings I had done the past week that I have photos of on my iPhone. This gentleman didn’t know how to swipe through the photos and kept bringing up the calculator somehow. He liked the last one I had done and asked what size it was and how much I charged. It was an 8×10″ and I told him it was $100. He said a 16×20″ would be twice as much cuz it’s twice as big as he chuckled. We said, no, that was 4 times as big, and I told him what I have charged for 16x20s. He held out the phone and said 16×20. I said that was an 8×10. He said 16×20. I said 8×10. He laughed and said 16×20. I asked the man next to me, “Does he want me to paint him a 16×20?”
He then asked if I was going to enlarge it with a machine? I asked him if he wanted a print and he looked at me and laughed. “You want me to paint you a 16×20? “Oh that will be lively,” he said. (Not lovely, lively). He took out his wallet and handed me two large bills and said he’d pay me the rest the next time he saw me. “Don’t worry, take your time” he chuckled.
So I’m painting a 16×20″ painting of the 8×10. And I’m chuckling.
Every Spring I have so much anticipation when my peonies start coming up, and this year they were so big! There were so many buds! It was going to be a bumper crop. When I first moved into this house these plants were on the side of the house. I immediately moved them to the back of the deck so I could see them every day. Some are pink and some are white with a blush of yellow-pink.
Then they burst into bloom and they are gorgeous! And the fragrance is more wonderful than any perfume you can buy. I took lots of photos (which means lots of paintings).
Then a heavy rainfall overnight and alas, they lie limp and wet, too heavy with rain to get up again.
This painting, 8×10″ acrylic on Gessobord panel, is available for $95. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/pink-peonies/392069
Doesn’t this remind you of something? I’m just saying.
In Michigan any break from winter weather is cause for shifting to spring jackets, washing the car, and general celebrating. My African Violet wanted to be the first flowers to burst into bloom and did so with great gusto.
I won this little beauty at my niece’s bridal shower 5 years ago. It was a lovely affair where a normally beautiful living room was transformed into an enchanting event for ladies to chat and laugh and tease the bride-to-be, with wonderful food and presents and these flowers on each table. The flowers became door prizes and I won one!
I didn’t think it would live 3 months. Never thought it would bloom again. When it finally did bloom again I had a feeling. I wondered if my niece, now married for a while, was pregnant. Yes she was! Wow. Those are some violets.
“Violets and Then Some” are like little ladies in big, fancy dresses and they are fluffing up their skirts. Can you just see them bending and shaking those dresses?
“Violets and Then Some” is available, 6×6″ acrylic on hardboard panel unframed. If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid by email. Starting at $50.00. SOLD
“Sweet Violets” is just all about the purples.
“Sweet Violets” is available, 6×6″ acrylic on hardboard panel unframed. If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid by email. Starting at $50.00. SOLD.