Sunday, August 31, 2008

Janvier Miller, Start of Rock Face Painting

video

It is fun to start a painting outside in summertime.

Friday, August 29, 2008

"Long Shoots"


(in process shown below)
46" x 50" acrylic on canvas Almost finished. I'll be picking over this one for awhile. All those twigs! Choosing a title can be tricky. My husband suggested "Stump Suckers". Then there was "10th Month", "October", "Broom Growth", "Twigged"...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Queen Anne's Laces"


First of the summer set of work to be finished. 46" x 50" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

summer studio


A fan brush makes multiple lines. It speeds the loading on of grasses. I now have 3 canvases underway for these summer months. It takes me about a month to finish each.

Janvier shows us some of her newest large acrylic paintings.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Studio visit

"Magnolia"


Just signed this painting an hour ago calling it "done". What finally made this flower painting work was adding some yellow on the petal edges that unfortunately doesn't show very well here.

summer studio





A fan brush makes multiple lines. It speeds the loading on of grasses. I now have 3 new canvases underway for these summer months. It takes me about a month to finish each.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

J. S. Bach

Music is very important to my studio work time. I sometimes start the morning with Bach contatas. Then maybe next his "English" suite in g or the Musical Offering. I've started a third big canvas, grasses. The orchid and shrub paintings are coming along.
Good article in the N Y Times today about boredom contributing to creativity. Because we're here such a short time each summer we don't socialize much. It leaves a lot of down time for the studio. It's hard self-starting sometimes. One trick I use is to leave some little thing undone the day before. This gives me a place to start. Once underway momentum and music carry the energy on.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

David Hockney

I talked briefly with David Hockney once in MOMA. "A Bigger Splash" is a movie showing one of the ways he works. Here an assistant traced a photo projection onto canvas for him to paint. An opaque projector would have made my twiggy painting a lot easier to do. The refinements today= Bugs? Buds? Twigs and more twigs.... it's coming along.