Friday, March 18, 2011

What haven't you been using lately?

Like many of you, I have worked in a number of mediums.
Among them are oil, pastel, water color, charcoal, ink and so on.
I have made jewelry using a variety of materials such as silver, copper, polymer clay and stained glass.
I have done print making doing etchings as well as woodcuts.
I have painted huge wall murals.
Who knows what else I may have done and left out here!
But I have found myself doing a lot of my work in oil over the past few years
and so here you see my water color palette and a few of my many
brushes looking abandoned.
They were until recently when one of my students asked me to teach them
watercolor basics.
Hmmmm, now they are looking very interesting again!
So keep your creative juices flowing by not working only in one medium.
Most of the great masters did this.
I have been reading about Matisse recently and he is a remarkable example of applying
his creative self to many media, even colored paper.
Let me know what you think of this in your own experience!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Painting from Photographs

I just spent the last many weeks putting together a series of lessons about what a person has to know in order to successfully make paintings from photographs. A few words here and there to my students about this didn't really get all the points across.

Maybe I'll have to post some of the information here.

Let me know if you are interested!