Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Promise


Inspired by Paul Bachem. My studies has taken me to a fork in the road. Do I continue to depend on digital photos taken during my plein air trips last year or do I simply work from memory or my plein air sketches.

Paul is one of the gifted artist I follow. The list is quite long and I am always in awe of the their work. Paul writes in his blog that he works on location and when the weather doesn't cooperate he paints a still life. Bruce Sherman works outdoors in all kinds of weather.

I made a promise to work only from life. This is a painting I just started today, it is a 16x20 on mdf board. Which was primed with Brian Ryders recipe of pink and raw sienna mixed with gesso and spackle. Using a previous sketch and little from my memory of what was seen last year, I began playing with the application of paint. My work will probably be very redundant until the weather improves. Happy Painting Everyone.

17 comments:

  1. FABULOUS! Simple and effective and inviting!! BRAVA!

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  2. those clouds are fabulous, Joan!
    I think all three resources are good to draw your inspiration from Joan.
    Happy painting to you!

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  3. Oh Joan I just love this. The colors are wonderful and the water reflections. Great Job Joan.
    Have a great arty day. :)

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  4. Yes Joan, I love this as well. The Sky and the water reflections are brilliant. Well done my friend. all the best joan.
    Vic.

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  5. Hi there Friend Joan! So good to be chatting with "You" again! I missed those "connections"!

    It is uplifting to watch you working your way through the maze that each of us must sort out Joan. Becoming a better artist is a life long pursuit for the passionate student. I sense that to be the case for you!

    It is NEVER too late to begin... and does not matter if one reaches the stages of accomplishment of "others" who inspire us... or who we admire. It is only important that we take the knowledge they offer and add it to our own effort... one painting at a time.

    Eventually... one can look back to earlier work and say with pride and personal saitisfaction" "I see that I am better!"

    I can't honestly say that one process should become the basis for one's method. I truly believe that the incorporation of outdoor... studio... workshop... reading... viewing exhibitions... each learning strategy done regularly will produce a well-rounded and sound basis for complete artisitic growth!

    Justy my opinion Joan! I see great improvement... and increasing confidence in everything that you post lately! Stay the course!

    Happy Easter to you and your Family!
    Warmest regards,
    Brucwe

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  6. Oh my Goodness Joan.! this has to be one of my favorites of yours...the colors in the sky and the reflections on the water is absolutely perfect. perfect piece!

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  7. Is this an oil painting? it really is very beautiful and has a wash look similar to a watercolour painting.

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  8. Hi Lin,
    Thank you so much. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Joan

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  9. Hi Cathyann,

    Thank you for your supportive comment. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Joan

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  10. Hi Dors,

    Thank you so much. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Joan

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  11. Hi Vic,

    Thank you my friend. I do hope you are feeling better. Happy Easter to you and your family.


    Joan

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  12. Dear Bruce,

    Once again you have given me sound advice and wonderful encouragement that I value. It's great you are back from your holiday, and I love your latest post. Are you aware that there is no comment space on your post. I hope it gets corrected. In the meantime I am wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter.

    Joan

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  13. Hi Hilda,

    Thank you so very much for the wonderful compliment you have given me. Have a very Happy Easter.

    Joan

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  14. Hi Caroline,

    Thank you so much. It is an oil, but I am trying to create the look of watercolor. I am thrilled that it does have the look of washes. Have a Happy Easter.

    Joan

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  15. Hi again Joan!.... Thanks for the heads up on the comment space in my blog! Actually there is one... but you have to scroll down....WAY DOWN... to find the link... for some strange reason! Thanks!

    Happy Easter again!
    Bruce

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  16. Hi Bruce,

    Thank you and I just posted on your blog. Feel better.

    Happy Easter to you.
    Joan

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