Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.
Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.
I love the deep red of the mango. I bought one to paint. I have been attending a still life painting class taught by Philippe Gandiol, a native of France, but who now resides here in Davis for many many years and a second career artist. It’s interesting to know someone for many years and see their progression.
Recently I felt I needed a punch in the arm with my still life paintings. I wanted to go beyond the ACEO paintings of one fruit. Taking Philippe’s class is what I needed. I’m paying more attention to composition and more complex design. (Here’s a link to Philippe’s still life paintings.)
In Still Life with Mango, the mango is the focal point with its strong color. It sits somewhat in the “thirds” section. I paid attention to the circular direction from the mango into the flowers, down through the stem to the cut off bud, back to the mango. Normally I would painted the flowers how I see it, strong red but thinking about what is the focal point I push back the flowers by fading the colors.
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The Goldfinch is hidden. It refers to the painting done by the Dutch painter, Carel Fabritius in 1654. Also, the painting is an central part of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.
The Davis Art Studio Tour turned out to be a very pleasant event. I met many people – artists, friends, friends who met old high school friends. And sold enough to make it worth the while to do it next year.
Lesson learned is to not to over do it with the food. Nobody really has time to slow down and eat. And have a sign in sheet.
My studio is in the front part of a two car garage. The other part is an office area with an inside utility/full bathroom. (Our house was originally 1000 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath). I’m usually working in the studio in the afternoon. The sun shines directly into the garage in the morning and is behind my house in the afternoon. I work with the garage door wide open and blinds purchased from Home Depot are used to provide more privacy. I don’t have to worry too much about fumes when I’m working with oils or encaustics.
I’ve started back into cold wax and oil and thought to set up this the night before.
This artist recommended coming to the Sierra Wax meetings. Never know who will drop by.
No heat. I was just too busy talking to visitors.
Dedicated artists themselves. The woman on the right holds life drawing session. The man attends the session.
Next time I’m not going to place that much food out.
This woman’s sister is now taking my portrait class.
As it turns out they knew each other from high school. My neighbor was very surprised about my works. She did not realized how serious I was about painting.
Working in values of black and white from Sargeant’s portraits.
Many years ago I took my sons to visit the small park in San Francisco Chinatown. I found these twins seating at a bench and looking so charming in their lookalike outfits. Took a photo and many years later I found it and painted it.
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.