Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Key to Who's Who

The Key to Who's Who
Oil on Gessoboard
The owls are gathering again.  I think I'm most happy with the owl on the right.  He's the most simplified.  


Oil on Gessoboard 

3rd straight day at the studio today and I'm able to leave my brush strokes alone a little better after some solid time painting:-)  Listening to a lot of AHA - Artists Helping Artists blog radio podcasts which is keeping me inspired and motivated to improve.  And  it feels great to be part of the Artist Community at Channel Islands Art Center which is where my studio is now located.   Lots of interesting events coming up this fall I'll post more about coming up. 
I'm also talking to one of the artists about starting a little Artists Support Group to meet once a month, talk about our goals and support each other in reaching them.   Anyone in the Camarillo/Ventura vicinity who's interested in joining us - send me an email, or post a comment!

Monday, August 13, 2012

My workshop with me...

Pepper Toad
Oil on Gessoboard

It proved to be practically impossible for me to leave the kids and hubby for a workshop out of town this week as I had hoped so I figured since I now have my new studio space and the time already carved out with the kids doing "Daddy Camp"for the week - what better time than now to just put myself through my personal little bootcamp - Art with myself!
After watching all of Carol Marine's Artbytes (great little online Art Tutorials that can be found here) I was certainly inspired to approach my painting armed with some new ways of approaching things and I'm going to put a lot of paint on canvas, or gessoboard as it might be, this week.   

I'm not sure this toad likes peppers, but what I learned here was that looking through a viewfinder attached to a tripod really helped me measure and get the placement of the objects down when doing the initial drawing.  Thanks go to Carol!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Follow me to My New Studio Space!

Studio D3
I'm now officially an Artist in Resident at
Studio Channel Islands Art Center
2222 Ventura Blvd. (Studio D3)
Camarillo, CA 93010

Very exciting!  I don't know what's in store on this new journey, but I'm looking forward to not backing in to my desk when I step back to look at what I'm painting and getting to try out some new things in this larger space.  A whole- half classroom to spread out in!  One that I'll be sharing with multi-talented artist Mary Ann Betner.   I'm working on finding some furniture to store things in and getting ready for my self-designed artbyte bootcamp next week gleaning all I can from Carole Marine's excellent instruction and then painting every day!   I'll keep you posted on the progress.