I have a small exhibit now hung in Chanute, KS at the Chanute Art Gallery. it will remain there throughout June. On the 16th there will be a public reception. As I am well aware I am not the best speaker or socially smooth person, so it all is being kept casual and low pressure.
“Knit 1” Oil on Canvas
I still am working on the knitting designs and I have an eBook on knitting in progress. But from the looks of an informal survey I conducted over the last 24 hours, it will need to be put on the back burner. Oh, I will still knit. But, realistically getting eBooks completed and on the market sometimes trumps our obsessions. So, it will get completed, just not before the things that pay the bills. As they say, “Girl gotta eat!”
Blocking in process – Shawl with COLOR! 40X14.5″ Lion Brand, Amazing, Mauna Loa 53% wool/47% acrylic
Last week I managed to get a new painted started. I only got as far as starting the underpainting. I have a show in June at a small local gallery co-op and one would think I would feel more pressure to have a LOT of new work to show.
But the truth is I am OBSESSED with knitting. Notice the painting is of hands knitting? Chances are most all new pieces will be knitting themed.
Oil Painting in Progress
I have decided this is the month I will officially start designing some of my own things. The first thing I have in mind are working with lace. There just happen to be a number of lace weight yarns in my stash calling my name.
I made a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of this year to not buy anymore yarn until July. So far this year I had to buy one skein. ONE. That is pretty darn good if I do say so myself!
NOTE: And it was to finish a lace shawl I was making. (Pats self on back :0)
Today was spent boxing up all the work that is ready for a show that will be hung Monday. I also updated inventory lists and made sure marketing materials are up to date. There are still three paintings I could not pack up as they are still drying in some fashion. But they will be ready to go and walk out the door by Monday.
Below are two items that will be included.
16X20″ Oil on canvas
9X12″ oil on canvas
So the big question now, what is next?
Well hopefully I will have some sales (or LOTS!) at the exhibit, perhaps line up some more commission pieces?
Then to line up more exhibits over the next year. There are some small galleries in the area I have not shone in for years so perhaps at least one will be on the agenda.
I now have ties in Wichita so I need to look that direction for possible opportunities. I keep thinking KC also, but Wichita is calling me.
I also need to have reproductions made: Something else I have not looked into for years.
Finish writing that book, the one that I now have a multitude of notes on from research!
But for now, I need to get this studio back into shape. Every surface in here is covered with books, photos, notes and painting supplies. Then I want to just sit down and knit for a few days, without interruption. To clear my head and further challenge the analytical part of my brain…..while eating chocolate. Who knows maybe I will design a thing or two while I am at it. :0)
In a little over two weeks I need to hang a show. So this means right now I am busy putting eye screws and wire on canvases for hanging, considering doing a few last minute pieces and wishing I had more time.
Stack of oil paintings on canvas
I have known I was doing the show for over a year now. But as is often the case I think of things to do at the last minute!
I also have been painting, and adding new work to the collection for an upcoming exhibit at the Bowlus Fine Art Center! The show is due to go up October 20th, giving me just over five more weeks. This is very doable! Wish me luck <3
Remember the more white you add the slower it will dry so use it sparingly.
Step Two Example
Take a brief break and step away before beginning step two. So you have a fresher perspective.
If the paint is dry to the touch, oiling out will help with the paints flow and correct use of color.
Correct anything that may not look correct from Step One.
Begin to lay in the basic colors of the flesh and develop the values further.
Keep the strokes loose and fresh as you can. Be sure of each stroke before you make it.
Step Two – Detail
Paint Mix Detail
Step Three Example
Deepen and enrich the colors of the flesh further. Work with smaller brushes only if necessary, but keep the freshness of the strokes. Do not become too tight.
Develop the clothing further and at least lay in the basic colors.
Darken the background and play with the push and pull of edges of the figure.
Notice the flesh here has blue in the shadows.
Continue checking your work with a small mirror to be sure you are making the progress you think you are.
Step Four Example – With inspirational paintings attached to easel.
Build up the shirt area with equal looseness you have in the flesh tones.
Touch up detailed areas of the features, still trying to not be too tight.
Reinforce the texture on highlighted areas of flesh.
Step Five Example
Be sure to include highlights on iris and pupil.
Fill in the rest of the dark background.
Develop edges of figure with the background so they are cohesive and not seen as being in two totally different spaces.
Sign into the wet paint at this point. Or, try to wait to sign the work until the paint is dry. This way if you make an error it can easily be wiped off without disturbing what painting has been accomplished.
Step Five – Detail
At this point I could continue building the piece with more and more detail. Instead I have chosen to stop here and leave it with the loose brushstrokes.
Be sure to take regular breaks. I tend to do so every hour. It just happens that Pandora internet stations play approx ninety minutes before pausing.
Clean your brushes well at the end of each painting session.
To keep oil paint wet from one work session to another consider placing it in the freezer in a closed container.