Painting - Pick Up Sticks

I found some photos documenting the stages of my painting Pick Up Sticks. This will give you a good idea of what kind of stages a painting goes through to get to completion. 

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Complete - ©2012

Complete - ©2012

Inspiration in the figure

I found a wonderful spot to paint that has quickly become my favorite open figure painting group. Patris Gallery and Studio is an unassuming brick building in the up and coming Oak Park neighborhood. Walking inside however, one is struck by the wonderful figurative work hanging on the walls. The high ceiling and sky lights open the room and provide a relaxing place to view art and paint. Every Friday a group of artist join together to paint from a live model. Getting two poses into a three hour time period proves to be a challenging and energetic setting. Below are some pictures from last weeks paint session. Enjoy the process and come join me next time to "make art, be art, buy art!" 

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Spring Is In The Air

I love painting from life. It gets me out of my studio, enjoying new environments, and challenges me to paint differently than I do on my studio pieces. Often, when painting from life, I am much more direct and aggressive because I am in time constraints.

Just getting started after the first 20 min. 

Just getting started after the first 20 min. 

The model set up and in position 

The model set up and in position 

 I joined CAW studio in Sacramento yesterday. It was inspiring to be around other working artist using different mediums; among them a pastel and watercolor artists. The model sat for three hours, taking breaks every 20 minutes. This process is great because it allows me to step back from the piece every 20 minutes and evaluate my next step. I also learned from those around me watching other artists use different approaches, techniques and styles, to create their work.

The studio/ classroom where we paint

The studio/ classroom where we paint

I love the atmosphere of live painting sessions. It was easy to get into a groove with the soft jazz playing in the background, a beautiful model and bright colored flowers surrounding her. During this session I worked on color tones and brush quality leaving some edges more expressive and soft.

Close up of the completed piece

Close up of the completed piece

I titled this piece "Life of Spring," which is symbolic for all of us - new life, new beginning, the cold of winter slips away and incandescent beauty comes and replaces the bleakness. Spring is a promise of Hope and Peace that resurrects each year.    

Life of Spring, Oil on Canvas Board, 14x11. This Alla Prima piece is for sale. Please contact me directly for inquiries.