April 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I had a great opportunity to participate in the VYCR Program in Colusa all Saturday afternoon. My husband and I had time to explore the beautiful view of the Sacramento River. After having lunch with the council, they took us to visit a store owner whose father had a very similar history has my husband’s father – coming from China at a fairly young age and working as a cook for the surrounding region in ranches. There’s a very strong Chinese American history in Colusa – a hidden underground city, opium dens, then later cooks….a now a respected grocery store owner.
We attended the lecture by UC Riverside professor on science fiction in Colusa’s firehouse. Very interesting and well attended. The rest of the afternoon was activities and exhibits including mine.
Roberta James did a fabulous job of pulling quotes out from “Fahrenheit 451″ to match the paintings. We were impressed out it all fitted.
I want to thank the committee and particular Roberta and Elizabeth for all your effort in putting this program together so well.
April 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Virginia Yerxa Community Read Program happens every year in Colusa. The program founded by Virginia Yerxa is to support reading through a selected book. This year it’s “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury.
My abstracts paintings were selected to enhanced “Fahrenheit 451″ reading experience. Roberta James and Elizabeth Yerxa had came down to select my paintings for this program.
The program will be this Saturday, April 27, in Colusa. Book presentation by UC Riverside Professor Rob Latham is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Colusa Fire Department, 740 Market. From 4 to 6 pm are the book swaps, exhibits including my paintings, and other events at 735 Main Street. At the Colusa Movie Theater, at 513 Market Street, is the free screening of “Fahrenheit 451″. A day long event worth visiting!
April 3, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Video demonstration maybe coming soon???
I got told this was possible and I set out to make sure. Painters: Gessoboard is a primed (wooden) panel intended for oil and acrylic paint, and it's fun to work with because of its lovely smooth, flat surface- as online art stores will tell you, there are some effects you can only make on gessoboard.
March 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
These two painting sketches are the last pieces that represent my study under Terry Miura’s Life Drawing/Painting sessions for 5 months. The first one was painted from a live model. Unfortunately, the model had a medical emergency and could not continued. So Terry pulled out some sketches he had done. We worked off them from them. The second painting is from one of those sketches.
Some of the points I’ve learned and still learning -
Using a palette, very similar to the Zorn palette (titanium white, ivory black, yellow orche, transparent red and cadmium red.
Light and shadow – establishing the light and shadow patterns, using transparent red oxide. Block in the shadow areas and wipe out the light area. (This part I picked up from Randy Blasquez)
Create two piles – one for light and one for shadow. Work off from the light pile to create variations of light values. Establish a hierarchy of light values, choose an area that is the strongest in light. White is usual used to indicate this. White is strong light – no color. The dark values are work off from the shadow piles including ambient light. Use a warm tone – like green (ivory black and yellow orche).
Cast shadow and form shadow – cast shadows have hard edges, form shadows usually have soft edges. Determine what kind of shadow it is and paint accordingly.
There were other points that Terry covered but these points I felt I had to learn over and over again for them to be second nature.
February 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The Yolo Arts Council is again sponsoring their Art & Ag projects. The farms throughout Yolo County invites artists to come on their land to paint the beautiful sceneries – rolling hills, plenty of trees, fresh air for most of us…and an occasional farm equipments.
For February we met at Pete’s Valley Cattle at the end of County Road 26. It’s an organic grass fed cattle ranch with over 400 cattle.
When I do plein air, I paint small. So I used by Guerilla 6 x 8 Thumbbox and oh! it is sooo convenient. I purchased this last year and I’m very pleased how easy it is to set up. Oils, brushes, and Gamsol are easily carried along with a palette plus 2 to 3 panels. (Another post will be devoted to this).
My palette consist of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and transparent red oxide. Later I added cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue. I’m pleased with the results though I intent to go back into it later…like lighting up the mountains, less details.
In November, there will be a fundraiser and paintings are sold.
February 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
After weeks of working with titanium white, ivory black and transparent red, Terry had us using a fourth color, yellow ochre. This allows us to create more range of colors. Yellow ochre and ivory black creates a green. Yellow ochre and transparent red equals a warmer flesh tone.
February 1, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Just discovered this artist, Karin Jurick, on dailypaintworks.com. Here she does a demo on how she paints a portrait. http://karinjurickpaints.blogspot.com/2013/01/painting-100-faces-no-113.html.
This piece is one of many based on mugshots.