Wednesday, August 29, 2007

She Sang in Spain

Lessons I Learned From This Painting:

1) If you're starting something new, start simple. For example, if you are just starting out painting from photos, don't pick a picture with a gajillion people in it thinking it will be "fun".
2) If you are going to paint from a photo with a gajillion people in it, be prepared to spend a lot of time and paint on it.
3) It's hard to paint your mother and I didn't capture her like I wish I could.
4) You don't have to be super happy with all your paintings, sometimes it's just time to move on to something else. This one was hard for me but I couldn't spend another day on it without pulling out my hair.
5) I have a lot more of these lessons to go and a long way to go as an artist.

On to something much simpler!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Funky Shoe

I'm a woman. I love shoes, what can I say? Although I doubt I'd make it to the front door in these. Maybe that's why I painted it, to leave the boring world of flip-flops and tennis shoes I live in for while.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Party Girl

This took way longer than it should have considering it's size (7x9). Painting small is hard!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Self-portrait, Completed

I'd love to hear anything anyone has to say about this. Perspective is always hard for me and this one is particularly difficult since it's me.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Work in Progress

So there was a local call for entries for self-portraits size 16x20 and I happened to have a canvas that size handy AND I'm driven to paint more true-to-life these days. Therefore, it seemed meant to be that I should do a self-portrait. It still has a long way to go, but I think it's a decent start (looks kind of like me, right?). I'll post it again when it's done, hopefully next week if not sooner.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sultress

So this is what I've been working on the last couple of days and I'm pretty pleased with it. I had the pleasure of attending an awesome workshop taught by Carol Marine. The workshop involved painting still life, which is pretty much the opposite of what I normally do. So those of you familiar with my style will recognize that the subject is much more real than they are in most of my paintings.

The Beginning

Hey everyone! I was inspired to try out blogging by some artist friends that have daily painting blogs. While I don't aspire to complete a painting everday at this point, I do have a momentum going and have been working on art daily. My intentions for this blog are to keep that momentum going as I'm sure I will feel a need to put something new on here consistently. I hope visitors feel free to comment as I am always looking for feedback, even when it's not positive. Wish me luck!

Dani