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01.11.16 Teaching at School3

Well I am back to teaching!  I sure enjoy sharing the knowledge I have acquired over the years.  This January to June I am teaching in one of the local schools. I teach on Fridays for 80 minutes with a grade 8 class.  The first session is just a get to know about me and starting to get to know about them…also about getting going and we did get going.  🙂

01.11.16 Step by step of diamond painting web

Step-by-Step we go! I had to put tape around it to create the sharp crisp edge that a diamond has. And it worked very well!

01.11.16 6 of 100 Diamond

“Potential Happiness”, 6×6 inch, Acrylic for 100 Painting Show and Sale later in the spring.

Painting 6 of 100 complete.  Well I am so pleased with how this painting turned out.  🙂 My oldest son is a photographer and when he lived in YK he work for a diamond mine and he was able to take photos of raw diamonds. He used them in work publications and I get to use them for painting!

I have had these images waiting in the wings for quite a while.  Now it is time to dust them off and see what else I can paint.  I plan to do this painting again but sized up much larger.  I love exploring a range of different subject.

Thanks to Chris Cook for naming the painting “Eonian Conversation”  1 of 100 painting. The cards are in the mail!

I will see you on Thursday.  Thanks for dropping in to see what I have been up to.

 

 

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01.07.16 Richard Schmid ArpeggiosAll the paintings in todays blog post are from Richard Schmid’s website, they are all painted in oil.

With Ian away on a business trip I have completely immersed myself in art.  I am painting A LOT!  5 paintings done…only 95 left to go (more on that below).  Also I am reading an art book by Richard Schmid which is called Alla Prima 2.  My darling husband gave it to me for Christmas.  And he was so surprised at what he gave me! 🙂 As I read it I hope to share some of the insights that I am having, only some not all…or I will be rewriting most of his book.

I am completed fascinated with how other artists work.  How they approach their paintings, their time usage, as well as expectations of others and their own need to continue to explore.  Mr Schmid has been painting for almost 70 years and that length and wealth of experience is why I wanted to read this book.  He is an elegant writer! I have had plenty to think about.  01.07.16 Richard Schmid figurative

(His figurative work is just so inspirational)

The first page of chapter 1, apply named – Good ideas and Free Advice, he talks about ‘Talent’.  “The exceptional skill we label as talent is not a single capability.  It is a complex mixture of motive, curiosity, receptivity, intelligence, perception, sensitivity, expert teaching, perseverance, problems solving skills, timing, sheer luck…”  He thinks, and I agree whole heartedly, that talent isn’t a “natural endowment”  like the colour of one’s eyes or hair or how tall you end up being. With the exception of the ability to sing beautifully, that is one of the arts that is a “natural endowment”.  In my own small experience, I have been drawn to painting for a very long time before I actually took decisive steps to create a learning environment that on only included me but others who were and are feeling the same way.   From this very strong interest I gain the skills I needed to actually get to be the  painter I dreamed of being.  To me there seems to be a nebulous something that tugs and pulls at a person so that they want to learn how to draw, how to paint, how to sculpt,  or how to play an instrument.  Then once a person is hooked, they find a wide variety of ways to continue to expand and learn and live a more creative life.

01.07.16 Richard Schmid landscape

(I love his depth of knowledge about values)

Learning to paint or draw can be a deeply satisfying (though somewhat stressful) experience.  I love the fact that when we are first learning to draw or paint  we are actually discovering how to look more closely at a subject matter.  We learn to  look beyond the name of the item to the shapes and patterns of dark and light that make up what we are working hard to render on paper, board or canvas.  I have had the experience, twice now, of all of the sudden seeing “more”.  My experience has been that I am happily painting away when the jump happens from one painting session to the next.  Then I do a painting where I can ‘see’ more. I am so surprised that I  have gone back to look at the other paintings that I have completed to discover all the information that I hadn’t even known was there.  It is a very interesting, and somewhat exciting, experience.  And according to Mr Schmid this happens over and over again through out one’s art career.  I was excited to read that!   🙂

For me the many mental and physical facets that one requires to be a painter keeps me completely engaged.  My brain loves the constant expansive learning.  I know that there are so many ways to paint a subject.  This week I have launched into painting 100 small paintings (6×6 and 5×7 paintings)  for a show in the spring.  I will be exploring a whole range of subjects.  Some will be from life, others from images that I have taken over the years.   This week, so far, I have done two still lifes (from life), and 3 birds (from an image)…and today I started one from an image that my oldest son gave me to work from. I will post it on Monday once it is complete.  I have a story to share with it!

 

01.07.16 Richard Schmid still life

(My still life’s are small in nature as I am working on small boards…can’t wait to expand up in size)

I will come back to Richard Schmid’s book again I am certain. But for now I have to get ready to teach.  I teach tonight (two students who are finishing the Acrylic 1 class from November) and I start teaching at a local school with grade 8 students tomorrow.   We start with Drawing 1 on Friday just after lunch.  I can’t wait!  Wish me luck.

See you on Monday! I will have lots to share.

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I am playing a bit right now with doing some small acrylic paintings…some are successful and some are definitely in the “Oh-I-am-learning” category! 😉  Here is one I completed on the weekend.

05.18.15 Danger doll

Danger the dog doll, 15x15cm (6×6″), Acrylic

Somethings worked and somethings didn’t but it is all learning.  Ultimately that is what it is all about. I will have a range of these types of paintings available at my 3rd Annual Open Studio Art event in November. I won’t be showing them on internet until the show is completed.

05.18.15 BrushesOne day when I was doing the finishing touches on one of the very small paintings I needed a very small round brush and I only had one and it has a very soft nylon bristle.  I couldn’t believe how well the paint flowed off of it.  So when I was on my girlfriend only trip I picked up a range of  brushes in a variety of brush types: flat, filbert, round. I am using them just at the very end of the painting process.  I can’t believe how helpful this soft brush is at that point.  Glad I figured that out.

See you again on Thursday.  Oh btw…between traveling, getting resorted and the weather being unusually warm this May I have been a little distracted.  I hope spring has sprung where you are and that you are enjoying the increased distractions.

Happy Victoria Day!

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02.05.15 Happy PeepsI have to admit something…until a few years ago I had never heard of Peeps.  I follow a lot of artist and some of them were doing a Peeps painting challenge and reminiscing of their childhood with Peeps.   Well You know how that goes, you don’t know of something but as soon as it is brought to your attention you see that Peeps are part of our Canadian easter candy displays.  So this year I picked some up!  This painting make me smile.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Thank you so much for taking time to drop by!  See you again soon.

 

 

 

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03.16.15 My Plan and LIFE

I  am sorry haven’t been here in a long time.  The last time I posted life was going smoothly like the upper graphic…that is until 2 days later when it became like the bottom graphic.  So we are still sorting out our world but I am starting to feel more settled. Everyone is fine and no one was hurt. This we are very thankful for.

 The Yellowknife Watercolour Society brought up  Gerry Thompson from BC to teach a watercolour painting class.   It was fabulous!

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Gerry demoing on Darlene’s piece.

03.16.15 Gerry Ragged Ass Road

Gerry and I touring around…bet your town doesn’t have a Ragged Ass Road!

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I made sure that Gerry was completely warm!  🙂 It was so great to get to know her and spend time with this amazing artist.  Thanks Gerry for saying yes when I emailed over a year ago.

I will be back but not for a week or so.  We are off to see our grandson and meet their new puppy Danger.

03.16.15 Danger and Burke

Here is a photo after Danger’s bath!  Burke was holding his baby!!!  🙂

See you soon.  Thanks for dropping by.

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1134 Cherished Shawna Lampi-Legaree

Cherished, (13x19in), Watercolour

Artist Statement: “This past summer when the sun was shining and the sky was clear I received a phone call from local artist/gardener Janice Daly saying that one of her dahlias had bloomed. I was greeted by this glorious flower filled with so much beauty in the form of colour, shape and shadow. It was a joyful reminder, especially this summer, that though summers are short here in Yellowknife there can be such exquisite luminosity around us.”

I would like to that thank Darrell and Diane Vikse of PSAV Architects Ltd for purchasing “Cherished” and then donating the painting to the be auctioned off at the Yellowknife Community Foundation’s annual Valentine’s Day Gala that is being held this Saturday night!  Darrell and Diane are very generous Yellowknife community supporters in so many ways, both through their business and in their private lives.  I feel deeply honoured that Darrell and Diane have done chosen my art.

See you after the weekend.  Hey did I tell you that I ADORE teaching.  🙂  More to come on Monday.

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It seemed the perfect thing to post for my 400th blog entry.

01.30.15 Designing Still life

I spent 5 1/2 hours on Friday setting up a range of still life vignettes around the whole table so folks would have many options!
01.30.15 Final Still life vinettesHere is the one side.  I didn’t get a proper photo of the other side.  Sad, because Pepe le Pew was on the other side on the backside of the tulips.   🙂

01.31.15 Warming up our minds2

I have structured the class so that there are 3 – 2 hour sessions of skill building, then the last class is 6 hours long.  I am sure folks were worried about how they would manage that much time but wow it was a great session.  The morning we started with a “warming up your brain” exercise.  There were two more skill building exercises before lunch.

As part of the course I make homemade soup and sandwiches and while the students were eating I transformed the table for our afternoon session.  It took about 1/2 hour to get all the still life vignettes set back up.

We spent the rest of the afternoon drawing.  First we did a musical drawing…which means you start your drawing, leave on the chair while you move to the next seat and work on someone else’s drawing.  🙂 01.31.15 Musical Drawing results1They all signed each one.  That is when folks realized that they knew each others adult children!  I thought the results were great given the challenge of it.

01.31.15 Drawing the still life1At this time of the year we are all so glad to see the sun coming back!  It lit up the table and it was interesting to try to keep up with the changing light.

01.31.15 Teacher gets to drawEven the teacher got to spend sometime drawing.

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It was a great day and we missed the other two participants who had life that got in the way.  I feel that I was able to convey the basics of learning to draw in a clear and not overwhelming way.  🙂 Step by step we moved along and there was a real sense of confidence when we tackled the afternoon session.

Through out this class I have never asked the students to share their work.  When a person is beginning to learn how to draw it is really important to give them the space to learn without the worry of others seeing the early works.  But I did ask at the end of the class if they would be willing to share one image of what drawing they were the most pleased with how it turned out.

So here are the drawings that they were most pleased with.

01.31.15 Drawing 1 favourite drawings

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a great day!  I am off to get ready for the second session of the Acrylic 1 class. Maybe tonight I will remember to take some photos.

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02.02.15 01 Plein Air tulips

 

Plein Air 01 – Tulips, 5×7, Acrylic

So I did an experiment today. I set up my portable easel in the living room and I had a vase of tulips to paint.  So like Plein Air painters I painted with the sun moving along while I was trying to capture the light and shadow of the tulips.  But unlike the Plein Air painters I was cozy in my house…cause it is way tooooo cold out there to even attempt to paint (-30C something).

So here is the challenge…the light kept moving.  I was painting faster than I have ever painted.  I am pleased with how I captured the vase.  I think that the leaves were very busy and maybe too much for a first attempt at this kind of painting.  The tulips came out alright. Values are not really quite correct.  I don’t have the lights light enough…

What did I learn?  Well I learned to keep very focused, to look at the overall but still at each section and that I need to practice painting faster more often.  🙂

February is the perfect time to do this.  The sun is shining, but it is low enough in the sky that it lights up the still life objects in an exciting way.  It will be interesting to see how far this experiment can go before the sun is just too high in the sky to shine properly in the living room.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope that February brings more light to your part of the world!  🙂  See you soon.

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01.20.14 5x7 coming along

So today was a great day.  I had my first fabulous session in my studio in a long long time.  I was completely focused which means my painting started to flow!  🙂  This makes me happy.

Tonight I introduced light and shadow to my students.  Lots of excitement and everyone left smiling!  I forgot to take a photo or two.

Next week we move from boxes to containers!  Then we will build on to our last session which is a full 6 hours next Saturday.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  See you again soon!  Maybe with a completed painting.

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On Tuesday morning early Ian changed the furniture around and put up the folding table. The rest of the day I sorted, cleaned and set up for my inaugural art class!  I was nervous but I knew everyone who was taking the class in some way so that helped.    It was a fun night.  After two hours everyone’s brains were fried.  It is hard work learning something new.

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Caroline, Pat and Laurie concentrating!  It was quiet when they were all  working.

See you in a few days!