November 22, 2007

(35) Prince of Wales
6 x 8, oil
private collection
My dad loved gardening much like I love painting. He advised hopeful gardeners to focus on enjoying the process of gardening, and "avoid being discouraged by weeds, insects, grasses and dry weather, as they are a sure thing. As time goes by, you will learn a lot about nature". As I painted this, I realized that the same could be said about painting. There will always be challenges with values, color relationships, drawing, etc; but the best way to learn is by observing nature; that is, painting
directly from life.
"Working outdoors or from life puts you in direct contact with the life force, not just the light and the landscape, but also the vitality of the world around you"...plein-air master painter, George Carlson
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Today is my 30th day of posting a daily painting (woohoo!); I plan to celebrate by stepping away from the easel for a couple of days to enjoy time with family.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

3 comments:

Barbie Bud said...

Hi Faye, Enjoyed looking at your blog. Really nice work. I especially enjoyed Sargeant, the book and tea, the cup of tea looked ready to drink. Also I also liked Darjeeling, the pink highlights on the pot, the pot really looked like it was ceramic. I'll check back. Take care,Barb

I Used To Be A Girl said...

a "fine un"

FCP said...

Thanks Barbie. I appreciate hearing feedback and seeing the paintings through other's eyes. I liked how the ceramic pot in Darjeeling turned out as well. I toned the canvas with a red stain that was a mixture of alizarin and cad red light and allowed it to dry completely before I began the painting. Then, I allowed some of the underpainting to show through and that is where the pink comes from. I think it gave it a feeling of ceramic which is what I was after--I can't say I'm too thrilled about how the flower turned out, but maybe next time.
Faye