Saturday, May 30, 2009

Week One of the Studio Challenge...WHEE!

V~Palette Knife Landscape I by DJ 16x20 Oil on Canvas May 2009

V~Palette Knife Landscape II by DJ 16x20 Oil on Mat Board May 2009

V~Palette Knife Landscape III by DJ 16x20 Oil on Canvas May 2009

V~Palette Knife Landscape IV by DJ 16x20 Oil on Canvas May 2009


I'm happy: I'm painting.
The first palette knife painting was done on a Monday night two weeks before this Studio Challenge, and Monday night, May 25th, I started painting a second palette knife landscape that's turned into a series.
So, it's apparent that Monday nights are high energy level nights for me. I'm rested from the weekend, and not too bogged down in the brain with work responsibilities. Yay. So, look for those times when you're high energy for best productivity in the studio or at the work table.
I made an adjustment to the first painting, and may make adjustments to the more recent paintings posted here. Taking photos enables you to see color and value relationships a bit more objectively, but beware that cameras may pick up on a certain hue group and tint your composition. I have two other photos: a blue version of the first painting, and a green version of the same. My relatively inexpensive camera "read" the overall hue and that's what it saved. So, when photographing your work, check on this.
All of these paintings were done with a palette knife in oils on either canvas or mat board. There were no preliminary sketches done, so all compositions were rendered as work progressed. There were no photographic references; just the making of landscapes that derived from my imagination. Decision-making can be fun when you're in a work zone of applying paint in a physical movement that makes you happy.
For example, it took me thirty minutes to apply the sky in painting 2. I was having a great time listening to music and swiping that palette knife across the canvas. Getting those smooth gradations with a palette knife is not as easy as it may look to the untrained eye. But it's fun for some of us art nerds who have oil paint under our nails. Paintings 2 & 3 were done in about an hour 1/2, and painting 4 was done in about an hour. So, that's two 1/2 hours of studio time I have left for this weekend! Woohoo!
Forgive the boring titles, but I'm too excited about getting them out there on canvas. Titles will come later, after I've lived with them for a while. And, yes, I know that in most of these so-called "landscapes," there's more sky and sea than land, so they may be renamed seascapes or skyscapes. All in good time, my friend...
All reactions welcome, negative or positive - I can take it.
Please leave a comment, so I don't have to bug my sweet DH for feedback.:-)
Love & Laughter,
DJ

Monday, May 25, 2009

New Challenge

What have I done?
Oh, well -- It's all Robin's fault! :-) (Her blog is Midlife Artist in right sidebar)
You can read about the Challenge here.
Care to join us?
There's a challenge of committing a certain number of hours per week to being in the studio. The going rate is 20 hours, but for those of us working mortals, we can set the goal according to our schedules.
I commented on Robin's blog that my studio time has been sporadic, so I want to create a routine of easel painting on a regular basis. I'm committing to five hours per week, and for those of you who know my job responsibilities as a high school art teacher, you know five hours is a big hunk of time for me.
I don't know if I'll be reporting to American Artist mag or not, but I'll definitely be open to encouragement from blogging artist friends.
OK, lemme rephrase that: I will definitely NEED encouragement from blogging artist friends!
Love & Laughter, (& Paint!)
DJ

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tell it Like You See it

OK, folks! Here goes!
Fringe Girl is rockin' out ID!!!!!
Check out the 68+ comments on this blogpost.
Weigh in on the issue, if you want...
Love & Laughter,
DJ

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Time- Shmime!

Monday night, May 18th, I was having an e-mail conversation with the multi-talented artist, Camille, who, fortunately for me, is one of my awesome Coach Creative Space family members. Over at CCS, we're having a Five for Five Summerlicious ATC Swap, so we were discussing the Swap and the fact that I had viewed Camille's lovely tea bag art in the Photos section of CCS.
I mentioned something about not having time to create because of work responsibilities right now, and after I sent the e-mail, I realized that the comment really urked me.
One thing led to another, and before you know it, in an act of rebellion, I was in the studio doing a quick palette knife painting and humming along to some of my fave music. Time-shmime! I'll create when I get good & ready!

Palette Knife Landscape by DJ oil on canvas 16x20"
PS~ Feel free to join us for the Summerlicious ATC Swap! Love & Laughter, DJ

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Just a Quick Gesture

For Sara at her blog, Living the Artist's Way...She's quite the heart-hunter, and I discovered this magnolia leaf in my yard the other day. I decided I'd share...May we all be heart hunters. Love & Laughter, DJ