As I work on paintings, they get working titles. This gives me something to file them under besides “current painting”. Sometimes the titles stick, and sometimes they don’t. This painting is about a family of Nene with the father looking out to sea while the mother keeps an eye on the observer. The babies mimic their parents’ poses. I’m still roughing in the basic colors of the painting, so please be patient with me.
Often I combine elements of different photographs to create the vision I’m looking for.
I have 3 paintings that are in progress right now, and only time to photograph one of them this morning before I head to the bakery.
This is Kilauea, and I’m getting close. I still have to add features to the sky (read clouds) and now is the time to tweak what I need to tweak. As part of that, here is the painting in color, and another copy as a tonal picture:
My goal in looking at the black and white picture is to not be distracted by the color. Does the painting flow? Is there enough contrast to be interesting?
I never realized it until now. I love painting people. I did a self-portrait a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the experience. You look at your self critically: emotionally, physically, and finally, as a subject for a painting without the baggage. Painting myself, I finally understood why some artists paint themselves over and over again. Rembrandt painted between 50 and 60 self-portraits through out his life.
It wasn’t until I did my hula dancer last month that I remembered how much I enjoy painting people, so, I decided to do a series of hula dancers. I figure that once I finish 6 of these paintings, I’ll be able to paint anything!
I was chosen to be the featured artist for September at the KVA Gallery. Here are some pictures from the gallery, and, a link to the newspaper article. I have twice as many paintings as usual in this exhibit.
The holiday weekend is coming up and I plan on spending it at the Punalu’u Bakery painting. Here is a picture from when I first started there a couple of months ago.
My set-up has changed considerably since I started painting here. I will take a picture of what I do now for comparison! Please check out the link to the bakery. This is a lovely place. Good food, good treats, great gift shop, and a fabulous botanical garden as well. I am so lucky! One of my customers sent the second picture to me today and I had to add it to the post. Thank you so much Peter!