Riverside Art Museum is holding a fundraiser called Art Bark in the Park to which I applied and was assigned a pup. I decided to paint the pup in oil – a skyscape with lawns on the bottom of each paw with dogs on, and my sonnet about dogs painted into the clouds. So far I’ve done the sky and the lawns. I will need to wait a week or so until that is dry enough to add the dogs and poems. I didn’t know until I picked up the dog that I was getting a beagle.
The blank canvas. I’d had to fix the undercoat in a few places. The difference in undercoat color won’t affect the painting.
My fellow artist Mary Foote came over to see this as a demo so took some photos of me in action
I was showing Mary how to blend clouds in oil
Photographed this one at an angle to get the entire dog in.
And it’s possible to paint on the back, so I have another canvas to dream up!
Last night I guided a small group through a paint and wine class at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. One of my students had already taken classes with me, including the Absolute Beginners class and was happy to work through this painting of winter solstice sunrise across the Salton Sea to hone some of the skills.
We’re doing an underpainting to get rid of the white so in the final painting we’re not strugging with that aspect
We’re painting the sky part of the top coat
It’s easier to paint the bottom of the panel when it’s upside down.
This month is shaping up to be really interesting – as you can read in my Newsletter.
One of the things that I didn’t mention is that I’m also involved in curating another solo show at the Vanguard Gallery, this time for long-time associate Nick Foschi. I’ll get to hang two shows in two days. About 50 linear feet for Nick and about 7 for me! Just hoping that my flu symptoms wane enough to give a demo/talk on Wednesday evening in Redondo Beach.
In this class, the paintings all ended up really similar, despite the fact I gave free rein with placement of clouds, mountains, hills and sheep.
Sometimes it’s a big class, sometimes a small one. This month I goofed and brought the painting I’d intended to work with next* month – which is easy to understand when I’d been planning three classes next month and had the planner turned to September. Nevertheless, all the students, one of whom is a returning student, had fun painting ‘The Old Red Overalls’. Hmm, I really need to start picking some simpler subjects. One thing that teaching has taught me is how difficult it actually is for beginners or someone with just a little experience! The student on the left is an accomplished gardener and decided my ‘rows of crop’ were closest to red lettuce. Her crop looked a lot more like red lettuce. Good work all of you!
I am planning out the paintings that I will coach people through in my paint-and-wine classes for the rest of the year (I try to plan ahead so that when last minute stuff happens, I have time for it….). As I didn’t want to always present skyscapes and waterscapes, I turned to my fellow bloggers for a little inspiration and soon found it.
Victor Rakmil is a photographer who, like me, is apparently a birdaholic. I was utterly taken by the fifth photo on this blog entry and he gave me permission to use it as a basis for one of my class paintings. Here’s ‘Merganser Parade’, planned for October at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.
Last night I held a private paint-and-wine party at a home in Indio. The host had chosen a photo that she took at Cottonwood Creek and the whole group did a great rendition, though we struggled a little with lighting towards the end. [Note to self: take a couple lamps on private parties just in case – not all homes are lit like studios and galleries.]
Here’s the original photo I was working from
Here’s my studio rendition from the photo
Here’s what the girls came up with. The hosts husband vegged out on the sofa on the other side of the room and commented they’d never been so quiet.
Last night was one of the Paint Night Out nights at the Vanguard Gallery. We had originally hoped to hold this in a local night club but this didn’t work out for various reasons. However for the venue I had prepared something a little different – a couple of cocktail glasses to enjoy! And I think everyone did enjoy the night. One gal was a long time friend who surprised me by turning up – and said that one of the most encouraging parts of the class was when her painting wasn’t going as expected and I would say ‘it’s ok, we can fix that’. It took a lot of the fear out of trying to paint.
I get so involved with the teaching, I forget to take photos at earlier stages……