Sunday, May 28, 2017
I started this painting about 5:45AM when the sky was pink with the rising sun. An hour later, when I quit, the sky was blue. I chose to leave the docks and boats out but I do plan to paint the boats soon.
What fun it was to paint so early. Try it, you'll like it.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
|O-2017-5-27 Begonia, oil, 10x8 inches|
Friday, May 26, 2017
Here we are at the end of May 2017 and my flower and vegetable gardens are pretty much in. I just UNSUSCRIBED to all the garden/plant/seed supply email lists I've been on and I'm starting to think about painting again.
I switch mediums a couple times a year and once in while I try a new medium. I spent last June working in acrylic (again) and that is the medium I thought of when I came across the four stages of learning presented by Nicholas Wilton. I'll apply this to my experience with acrylic but it is applicable to other challenges.
1. Unconscious Incompetence
We don't know what we don't know. For years I collected acrylic supplies not knowing which were quality and which ones would make learning this medium even harder for me.
2. Conscious Incompetence
I started painting. Oh, oh. Acrylic dries really fast with hard edges. I bought retarder and interactive acrylics and books and still, I was not happy. In this stage we know enough to realize that our art (or whatever we are trying to learn) is not so good. This is the stage where we either quit or we go for help.
3. Conscious Competence
In this stage I decided to work WITH the medium instead of trying to make it act more like oil paint. I got help by taking an online class last June with Chantel Barber. Through her advice I felt I was starting to "get it" and I changed my attitude about the medium to embrace it's drawbacks as attributes.
4. Unconscious Competence
This is the stage of working "intuitively." This is how I like to paint (of course). By the end of June of last year, I ended up with a few paintings in acrylic that I was happy with. But by mid-summer I had to put the acrylics away and return to pastel to prepare for upcoming workshops in July and October. If I had continued with acrylic I eventually would have been painting intuitively. And at some point I would run out of challenges and then it starts all over again to learn new material.
The point of this post is to remind you (and myself) to recognize that we are always in a stage of learning. Don't give up if you really want to achieve a goal.
Thank you Nicholas Wilton for your post about the four stages of learning. Now, back to my oil painting-in-progress.
|Begonia in progress, oil, 10 x 8 inches|
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
|A charcoal sketch on UArt paper, my reference photo and my Soltek Easel with pastels.|
|This is as far as I got during our group painting time but I continued to work on it over the weekend. Scroll to the bottom to read more about last Friday's Painting Group session.|
|Petite Gift, pastel, 10x8 inches|
Labels: HOW TO PASTEL
Monday, May 8, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
I'm happy to have been included in this beautiful new book published by North Light Books.
|Click on the book cover for more information|
|Blue Road, pastel, Private Collection|
|Toward Evening, pastel, Private Collection|
|From the West Unto the East, pastel, Collection of the Artist|