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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day with 'The Painter Sistas'

3 of 'The Painter Sistas' figured out how to coordinate our schedules and meet for lunch and a gallery visit. Present were Erika Nelson, Dustie Meads, and Vicki Ross (me). Missing were Shirley Mullin and Linda Cassidy. Leslie Newman stopped by for a little taste of fun.

We are a very loose group...formal schedules just don't work. We all stay in good touch through Facebook, blogs and emails. Dustie is on a nocturnal schedule, I'm on a whatever i can steal away from real estate schedule, Erika is on an available ride schedule, and so it goes! We met for a simple lunch, and I got to have them in our house for some serious painting pleased that this house has good access for Erika and Betty (Grable) her wheels. She got to see her painting hanging just inside our front door...she took bunches of photos to show her Scott how I have paintings strewn all over the downstairs! He probably wouldn't believe it without photos! (and I had it picked up)

here is Erika:

I have really been painting, but not on things easily posted. Finished the 4 weeks of Tonalist painting with Deborah Paris, which had 2 weeks in Santa Fe right in the middle of it, so I had to play catch up for the past 2 weeks. It is not an easy technique, centered around multiple transparent glazes that are allowed to dry a few days between. At this point, I seem to be using the glazing for the darks, and then building up to opaques...which have no use in Whistler's phrase 'like breath on glass'.
Some of my thought processes santa fe have been centered on ending the 'student' phase of my art career and shifting into 'what I want to be when I grow up', otherwise known as developing my own comfort zone and style. I did sneak in another online instruction by Katie Swatland, a once a month instruction.
Katie is labelled by Art Connossieur (sic) as 'one to watch', and is a member of the invitational group of Richard Schmid's Putney Painters. He is endorsing her format with photos and advice. The first lesson centered around the age-old custom of copying a painting done by a master. Richard's 'Fallen Pine' was the subject and my effort is next:
"Fallen Pine after Richard Schmid"
12x16" oil on linen
The challenge is to try and figure out what processes the artist used to complete his painting...when did he use a palette knife, when a soft brush, what techniques did he utilize. In what order. Think it is easy? Try it. Just be sure to title your painting as "Fallen Pine, after Richard Schmid" so that it can never be passed off as an original done by you. Assuming you can even pass it off  :)
It has been hotter than hades in NW Arkansas...over 100 for several days last week. We did real estate open house extravaganza last weekend and it was too hot for people to get out and stir. I took my painting gear and managed to pull this next one off during the afternoon. From a photo my brother, Mark Neil, took.
"Arkansas Stream" 
8x8" oil on panel
Fine Art Prints Here!

Tomorrow I PAINT and get back in the groove of ARTIST. Last week was spent switching to ATTs U-Verse TV and internet which changed all the network settings for computers and wireless networking. After 10 hours or so of messing around with IP addresses, I finally called a specialist. It took him 2 hours to get it all coodinated and all printers and computers playing nice again. Then over the weekend in between open house duty I realized that I had driver/software issues that took several more hours to troubleshoot. Grrr. BUT, everything is working fine and I can close down the left brain for awhile!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A sweet wedding gift and the Gallery opening in Santa Fe!

'Lil Sweetie for the Groom'
©2009 Vicki Ross
9x12 oil on board

What a wonderful, loving idea...commission the groom's puppy for his wedding gift! Just look at those eyes...who wouldn't love this pup. And what a loving bride to think of this.

It was so much fun to paint, and to design my own composition from the provided photo. It IS possible to paint from a source photo, here's proof. I won't bore you with the preparation details and how I arranged for the pup's left eye to be right within the golden spiral (another method of the golden mean). She would have been boring right in the center of the board...and it gave me perfect opportunity for some painterly strokes in the foreground.

It has taken me 2 weeks to settle back down from the whirlwind of activity in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The puppy commission, and about 10 paintings in process in the tonalist technique.

The pictures of the gallery weren't great, it was very crowded and warmish...but you can see the painting ON THE WALL.

morning of delivery on the porch

Randy trusted to carry it in (I wasn't going to do it!)

Opening Night with Kippy Hammond

On to the next show!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Moses-Botkin Challenge for June...'Something Shiny from the Kitchen'

I am still reeling from the Santa Fe trip and just about missed this deadline. Then changed hosting plans for my websites last week, and messed up a couple email addresses, so didn't get the other paintings until this am...thanks, Mike (Beeman) for sending them to me!

Here are the paintings: (and be sure to look for the July postings...the subject is a real doozy!)

"Steel Cut Berries' ©2009
“Gravy Boat and Cherries”
Pastel 8” x 8”

6x12 oil on panel
(c) 2009 Robin Cheers

"The Face Off"
Oil on canvas board 8x8

"Serving Spoon" oil/canvas 8x10

"Press Event" Oil 7"x5"

Flour Scoop and Silver Cup
Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
Marie Fox