Friday, April 29, 2011

So different...

I painted this awhile ago...maybe 2 months or so...maybe more, can't remember. Anyway, I was going through my paintings yesterday and found this one, and now that I look at it, I'm thinking how different it looks from everything else I've been making. Mainly the colors.

Ok, so the photo is not the best one. I took it with my iPhone and at night, so the colors are 'cooler' than when you see it in person, but still, you can see that the palette is much more muted than my other paintings. And the funny thing is, I was so afraid of colors up until recently...I never thought I would paint with such bright and vivid colors!

And the first time I realized that was happening (the use of bright colors, I mean), was when I was putting together the header image for this blog. When I looked at all those paintings together I was like "wow, that is colorful!". Funny how these things work. Some things are right in front of you, but you don't see it at first...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The million dollar question: is it done?

I've been struggling with a painting for awhile now. Not 'struggling', but I've been working on it, on and off, and can never seem to call it finished.

It all started with another painting, this one here:

This is now a 10 x 16 canvas, but it used to be a 20 x 16.
There was a whole half to the left, and it was actually very pretty, but I thought it had nothing to do with the Mother and Daughter, so I decided to cut it.

This was the whole painting (minus the leaves and the blue area) before I cut it in half.

Too bad I didn't take a picture of the very first stage, but these were the following steps:

And now I'm stuck. I like it, but there's always that voice, in the back of my mind, asking "can it be better?"

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flora Bowley, here I go...sort of

Flora Bowley

Yes! Flora Bowley's workshop in Malibu was finally announced, and I didn't waste any time: signed up within 15 minutes of getting her newsletter. Too bad the workshop is not until NOVEMBER!!! November! I told all my "art inclined" friends about it, and they all loved Flora's work, but I have a feeling none of them will join me.

Freed, by Flora Bowley

Anyway, I'm going. I just wish November was right after April. I'm so excited!

You can see more of Flora's work on her website and blog.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The process

Lately, when I'm painting, I like to have my iPhone close by, so I can take a picture of what I'm doing every once in awhile. There is more than one reason for that: 1) when you look at a photo of your painting (as opposed to looking directly AT it), it feels like you're far away, which really helps when you want to have a better idea of how the whole thing is coming together, and 2) it's fun to see the step-by-step and to be reminded of how you got where you got.

And this is my latest:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My little artists

I guess I've been spending too much time in my office/studio first clue? My kids wanting to paint "with mommy's paints" (they can't stress that enough) with me.

So today Aurora painted with her hands. And loved it!

And in the afternoon, after seeing his sister's "master pieces", Tomaz asked me if he could paint as well. And he did, with a brush, not his hands, but still, the same passion:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A whole other thing

Remember this painting? I started a few weeks ago, during Jesse Reno's workshop. I got stuck at some point and left it like this until a couple of days ago.


Now it's currently being transformed into something else entirely!

Monday, April 4, 2011

One more painting

After taking Jesse Reno's workshop a few weeks ago, I've been motivated to keep painting, keep practicing, keep trying to find my OWN style. Of course that, with all of Jesse's tips still fresh in my mind, a lot of what I've been doing resembles his work (not that you would EVER mistake my painting for his, but still, similar techniques, per se).

But one of these days, in the middle of a painting, I started thinking about another one of favorite artists, Flora Bowley, and ended up with this painting:

I'm quite happy with it, really, but it's hard for me to see when Flora ends and when I begin... I don't know anymore if this is 'copying' or 'being inspired by'. Oh, well, keep practicing, I guess.