Saturday, January 24, 2009

Paint'n Man 6x6 oil

Thought I could have some fun with my little gray man and brushes.  I love pears, so that seemed like a good idea.  Oh still life.  Trying to set up and paint is time consuming.  I have gotten to the point where I just put some things out and just try to paint it and see what happens.
My goal was to work fast and with few strokes.  Edges are always a concern and one I have difficulty not making them all hard.  I look at artists like Carol Marine who accomplishes so much with what looks like a single stroke of the brush.   
I have been spending time looking at so many blogs and learning from this wonderful cyber space neighborhood.  Karen Phipps has me thinking about mental lists to remember while painting and writing one out and reading it.  Dana Cooper has been producing fresh and painterly still lifes.  These and many artists work hard and share their process.  To work loose and painterly with knowledge and purpose are some of the goals I have been pondering.  There are so many things to consider.  So I paint and wander the neighborhood.  

4 comments:

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Well done Dori! I think you accomplished your goal of brush economy, especially in the little gray man. It must have been tough not overworking him.

I wish I could have been there today to paint!

Karen said...

So true, sometimes the still life set-up is really time-consuming, that when you get done with that, you're already mentally tired! My current teacher stresses that this part of it is a huge part of the painting process.
I love what you said: to work loose and painterly with knowledge and purpose. That is going on my list! :)
So well put.

This painting is fantastic! Your edges, to me, are right on. It meets your goal perfectly.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is beautiful still life! The economy of strokes tells the story very well. Great job, Dori!
Thank you for the kind comments about me in your blog.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job - wonderful brushwork!