Last night I had the pleasure of doing a demo for the Los Altos Art Club. They have a theme each month for their meeting and a painting competition based on the theme. April was flowers and gardens, so they requested I paint a flower rather than a portrait. Hey, I can do that! A flower is easier than a portrait. I take lots of photos of flowers but when I go to paint I am always drawn to portraits or figures. I found a parrot tulip photo I liked. There were a few familiar faces in the crowd, which always makes it special. One of the members made a video of my presentation. He promised to send me a copy. Depending on how it turns out, I may try and figure out how to post it on U-Tube.
Above is the painting ....Dr. Martin's Hydrus watercolors on Tyvek....as it looked at the end of the demo. Today I took a look at it and decided how I wanted to finish it up. The second image is the results of my efforts. I think I will go back to portraits and figures.
I was ecstatic today. My copy of Mary Todd Beam's new book finally arrived! I dropped everything and sat down with a highlighter pen and started to read. Lots of new ideas I can't wait to try out!!! I love her approach to art. Here's a wonderful quote from the book: "How do you know what you are capable of doing if you do only what you've found to be safe?"
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 8:56 PM