Friday, August 4, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I think I am ready to call this picture done. I would like it to look a bit smoother and cleaner but I don't think I can achieve that with more paint. The basic design works and it is probably the boldest thing I have ever done. Now I need to finish it up. I'm hoping a few layers of varnish will do the trick. I could put a bit of transparent colour in the varnish making it a glaze. But I don't want to loose the whiteness which is what I remember most from the aura. I did not see thus many colours and of course it unfolded over time starting with the centre bit and then fading outwards so it was never this complex. I will put some jewels on it. Dine for today.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I've been working on my migraine aura #2 painting for more than a week. I hope it's nearly done. The white edges are sharp and clean. The colours are pretty nice. There isn't onepstch that is subtle at this point. It is pure brash. There may be too much pink in the bottom left. It has become too much of a focal point. It either has to be reduced and darkened or spread upwards on the left and right. I think the windows on an angle have to go. They are the main distraction but without them it will be boring. So time to quit. Or more pink windows on the bottom right and mid left. Now I see a computer keyboard - 2 computer keyboards. If the big one goes that would make room for big black exploding bit. That might work. Definitely worth trying more windows and only one keyboard.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I saw a migraine aura after my oral surgery on Saturday. It was different than previous ones - not round but very sharp and jagged and scintillating. Only lasted about 20 minutes before it soread out ans disappeared. So I am trying to paint it in three phases together - the start in the centre. The edges as they spread out and then tiny remnants. You can actually see the aura with your eyes open or closed AND WHEN your eyes are open you can see through it. I am not doing that as I think it would look like a hole in the windshield. Here it is so far
Friday, July 14, 2017
I have been working on my portrait of Henry for hundreds of hours Every once in a while I think I've got it. But it hangs in the hall outside my bathroom door and after awhile I realize it is just not working. So every once in awhile I try again. Here is my most recent attempt and this time I am really hopeful. I have changed everything. The face took the most work - I completely gessoed it out and redid everything. But it's still not right. I think this is because he was excitedly looking above his head in the original but I didn't paint him that way because I didn't think it was flattering. Maybe I will give it a try and a simple too.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Mothers Day and I am home painting another circle picture. My inspiration is Klimt. I love the complicated patterns he paints all over his pictures. They are often not noticed because of the main subject matter - usually a beautiful woman. Point was art nouveau - not respected much.
Friday, May 12, 2017
This might be the end. I think it grabs attention because it is so colourful and simple then holds attention because the green is in unexpected places and there is over all complexity. For those who look further there is the final surprise of a Dennis Brown dot of black and the bits of red in some of the green bits. Anything more would be tidying up where the current paint isn't quite what I planned. I don't think I'll do that.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I worked on this picture all day. I should have st least gone for a walk. I had a Prolia injection yesterday for osteoporosis - my first one. I think it made me irritable. Hopefully that will go away soon. I do like the green - though now doubt the wisdom of still trying to paint 2 overlapping circles.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I quite liked the previous start but it got too tidy and turned into 2 weird Easter egglike shapes - so I'm trying again. So far so good - but i have no idea where the turquoise should go. Maybe the outline of a third circle floating in the middle. I think I need to mute the white. It was needed to cover the black outlines of the 2 circles but is to strong. Should the circles be circles, balls, discs or labyrinths. Maybe all 4. Maybe this is the BC election results with the greens bringing the other 2 together? What a hope! The overlap is the other big challenge - it needs to be transparent both ways. The whole picture needs to transparent and ethereal and fundamentally asymmetric. This will be tricky given the circles are pretty tightly formed.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
This looks better in the photo than in real life. It had got so dark. Im not into dark right now. Why is it in the series - colours and circles. It is a challenge to make good circles but make look sort of abstract impressionistic. They are either really good circles or really bad circles. I seem to be committed to good ones.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
This is a substantially bigger canvas - 36x48. I quickly washed on the three basic colours I used in my previous psinting. I did some drips and scraped hoping for 3 circles. They are there but I don't like the design
I want to make sure the focal point is obvious but the whole picture is interesting. There will like be one large dominant circle, a couple of other circles and random curves emerging. I think the turquoise will be more organic.
I think I have started a series. Dennis talked about this at the last class. If you come up with something you really like, take the opportunity to explore it and carry it further by using the same theme but doing a series of variations. Here is the beginning piece. I was helped out by Jim who suggested that an earlier version lacked a focal point. I started over and made a single circle my focus. I scraped few patterns and introduced a movement from dark red on the left to pink and yellow on the right with orange in between. Then worked away to find patterns in the drips and scraped and finally added yellow dashes and touches of interwoven turquoise. I like it a lot.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Yesterday I gessoed out the background except for the aura painting. Today I worked on the hands, another background painting and highlight's on the jacket . Tomorrow we are going away- back in a couple of days. I will probably finish 'selfie' up in one more session. Nothing is more rewarding to paint than a portrait which is going well. Nothing is harder to paint than a good background
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Another day working on this self portrait. Mainly worked on the face. An amazing thing - the mouth looked very tense until I changed the colour of the left side. Now the expression seems perfect. The left side of the neck needs narrowing, then back to the hands which are coming along. The jacket should be easy and fun. It still has a nice loose feeling.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
I worked for a couple of hours on "Selfie" today. I just roughed in some colours for the face , hands and jacket. Did part of the legs and may leave them as they are - unfinished as in my painting of Mike and Lexy- but zI don't think I will use drips. I think I will also just rough in part of the background- probably a turquiosey colour. Nothing is right yet but there is already a sense that the poorly drawn hands are reaching forward. This is achieved by the drawing (such as it is) and the burnt umber shadows under the arms. The collar is tricky brcause the fesign is not intuitive. So far this picture is lovely and free. I hope I can keep it that way.
Monday, January 23, 2017
I started a new painting yesterday. It is a self portrait. I decided to use a canvas 15x30 - so quite high and narrow. I haven't done anything realistic for awhile. It's fun but tricky
The drawing has to be correct if the painting is going to turn out. I hope I can make this one good. If it turns out OK I might use it for one of my entrance paintings for nfca. I'll ask Jim for pointers.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Eventually I bought some software called "Coffee Cup" which made coding much easier. A few years later Coffee Cup came out with a new product you can use to build websites. It has many benefits - including allowing websites to appear on any device. There are also ways to check that links work, to update everything at once, and all sorts of other great things. I've known for a long time that I need to start using this software - but I have resisted because I think it will be so hard to learn and figure out. I'd rather be painting.
My plan now is to start my www.pennygrantpaintings.ca over again using this software. Bit by bit I will incorporate everything in my current website until it is the same. If I complete any paintings before I am done, I will put them up on my original version. When the new website is done, I will simply replace the currently one. This will be tought but it's time to get it done.
I started this painting in the fall (2016) in an art class with Dennis Brown. My main challenge was that it started out having 2 very different styles - the left side was complex and detailed - the right side was formless and vague.
I removed some details that I liked - but that were inconsistent - like this:
So now I am calling it done. I have put a QR code on the bottom right hand corner and it is now on my website. It is 30"x40" and is ready to hang (black edges and d-rings).
Here it is again:
Oh yes, it does have a message. I started my Drought series in the summer of 2015 when Vancouver Island had had no rain for weeks and weeks. The sunny days were lovely but there were many forest fires. The air was grey with smoke. Normally our summers are fairly dry - but there are always a few wet days to keep the forest damp. During the summer of 2015, it felt as if the climate was changing much faster than anyone had thought.
The summer of 2016 was not so dry. The pressure was off - but the climate has not stopped changing. It is time for the big transition to new forms of energy which do not produce carbon dioxide. I honestly have not had much success doing this in my private life - but at least I paint about it.
Another result of climate change on Vancouver Island is the arctic outflow weather we have been experiencing this winter. It has been unbelievable cold - with long-lasting snow and ice. When the snow first fell in December, we had not had now in Nanaimo for 1000 days. You might think this excessive cold is a sign that global warming is not happening - but unfortunately these bursts of cold air are actually a result of the warming of the arctic.
Friday, January 6, 2017
I also created some business cards with my "Aura" painting on them.
I recently joined the Federation of Canadian Artists at the beginner level. I hope I can learn a lot from them. I think, if I want to get to the next level, someone from the local chapter has to check out my artwork. I hope they like my website and my business cards.
Now I'm ready to get working on something new! How wonderful to be able to paint something new again!