Slow but sure

Adding layers little by little.  Cezanne used oils...quite thickly.  My paint is thin otherwise it dried out immediately, so I'm adding gesso in between for texture.

Here is tonight's work.
still much, much more to do.......

Love these rainy days

Today I've spent the entire day home, and what did I do?????  Played on Pinterest.  At least I managed a small sketch just to flex my muscle, but the brain still remains comatose, refusing to help me paint.'s the sketch I did.  (can't waste an entire day creatively avoiding the canvas:-)

It is based on Picasso's "Francoise Gilot."

Now, time for dinner, a sip(s) of red wine..............then maybe........maybe..............I'll attempt to add some color to this glorious, relaxing, rainy day!

Matisse, Gaudi, Cezanne, and six more to go YAY

I did not get the chance to paint today, but I did re-watch the videos by Junelle on the Masters course.

If I haven't stated it enough already, I will again.....this online course is undoubtedly well beyond anything I could have expected.

AND...there are still six weeks left!!!  I love it!!!!!!

Here is the link again for those of you interested....

Treat yourself!

this week Cezanne

I've yet to attempt anything by Gaudi, although I am infatuated, and intrigued.  His designs are amazing, but way to complex for me to even begin a sketch.  I will though.

This week we're studying Paul Cezanne.  I decided to try to recreate his "Tulips with Apples" painting.  I shall be working on this one for awhile.

It is my first still life in the style of any of the Masters, so keep this in mind....please................ ;)

Here is Paul Cezanne's painting

Here is my beginning sketch of said painting....

laying in some color

Some more paint, prior to tuning up the colors, and this is where I stop for today!

Looking forward to another huge chunk of time tomorrow to continue with this piece. 

Tete de Femme

Here is a photo of Matisse's original, and a photo of how far I've gone with mine.  I added, then removed the pattern twice.....I think I prefer without.

Happy 2014

As the old adage goes..........better late than never! Happy New Year everyone!!!

I am beginning this year with my focus on being more creative, and I chose an exceptional venue to start with... "Studying Under the Masters.".

This first week has been more than fabulous.  I highly recommend this course so far.  Jeanne Oliver is quite impressive as an artist and teacher, starting her week by sharing the techniques of Henri Matisse.  Liberating to say the least.

I'm posting a photo or two, or three...detailing the works in progress as I sketch, and paint on my studio table. Dreaming all the while that I am sitting in one of his amazing creations, partaking of his skills, while lavishing in his perspective.

 and yes, I cleaned off my work table prior to taking the pics. ;-)

The larger painting I am going to title "Bohemian Rhapsody" as that is how Matisse's work makes me feel.  I'm excited about choosing the colors and patterns I'll be painting on this one.  The face, is my  sketched interpretation of his "Tete de Femme, Fleurs dans les Cheveaux (Head of a woman, flowers in hair) c. 1920.

I will do as Matisse, and take photo's of each piece in progress; since - as is with most things - they change radically during the creative process, making for wonderful observations, and learning throughout.