Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crazy Life

Wow the holidays are busy and hectic. I had hoped to take portraits of my great nephews and get some painting in while I was off for thanksgiving. It just did not happen that way. When I did try to paint I felt rushed and only got mad at myself.
When I feel this way it is best to take a deep breath and relax. I can carve out some art time when I can.
I can't wait to get back to oil classes and really want to focus my efforts this coming year. I made a to do list for my art going into 2010. I will repost them soon and take a look at where I have been successful and where I have fallen down.
How are you doing with your 2010 goals?

Keep makin' Art!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Railroad bridge - Suffern, NY

I took this shot of the railroad bridge near my town in late summer. I was going thru some of my IR images and came across it. I was not thrilled with it at first... but now I kinda like the reflections and shapes.

Keep Makin' Art

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Joy of a clean studio

After about five hours of cleaning and organizing yesterday... I found there was indeed a studio out there and not just a store room. Yeah! I am looking forward to pushing some paint around tonight after the rest of my chores are done.

Keep Makin' Art

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunrise Cedar Pond

This sunrise on Cedar Pond in Harriman state Park is another image I had taken and not done anything with. I am glad I was moving files around on Sunday and decided to open it up and see if it was worth doing anything with. It is always good to go back thru files after some time and see what you think of them. There are some gems in there waiting to come out.

Keep Makin' Art

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunrise above the fog - New Paltz 2009

This photo was among a bunch I took at Lake Minnewaska last fall. On the drive in at Sunrise we pulled over on a hairpin turn and got this view. It was amazing in person, but I felt it just did not work at the time. Looking at it today I thought. I must be nuts... That is pretty good. So here it is for you to enjoy.

Lesson learned again ... Sometimes you have to go thru the stuff you shoot more than once.

Keep Makin' Art!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quiet Sunday Morning - Japanese Maple

Nice quiet Sunday morning with my camera. Enjoying the last bit of fall colors.

Keep Makin' Art

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reflections on (or of) Autumn

Abstract reflections from Harriman State Park a couple of Autumns ago. I am mapping a strategy for Sunday with my camera and in my studio. I can't wait to get lost in my artwork. Even if it ends up just being cleaning the studio.

I think I will work on some still life studies in oil at the very least. Whatever I create I will share with you.

What are you working on in your studios (or in your writing room or with your camera)??

Keep Makin' Art!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nothing to write today

Life has been crazy, but nothing new on the art / photography front this week. I will set aside some creative time on Sunday and post about that.

Keep Makin' Art

Sunday, November 07, 2010

A New Journey Begins

Still life setup for class paintings.
First underpainting.

Next attempt... When happy with the shapes I started to put in shadows.
Still more progress. Basic shapes in, shadows added and started to work on background.

I finally started my journey into oil painting. I am taking classes with Delah McKay in her Nyack, NY studio on Saturdays. I am learning the basics of oil painting and still life from the ground up. This is a totally new medium to me and one I was totally intimidated by, but Delah is helping me get over that. I can not believe the progress I have made in two sessions. It turns out Oils feel like the right medium for me and I am really enjoying this new journey. I will post my progress on new paintings and what I am learning here.

I will never give up watercolor, but I love the idea of having other mediums that I am comfortable with and can work in.

Keep Makin' Art!