Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Big Wine

Wine and Pears
36 x 24 Acrylic

You know I love me some Leslie and Dreama, but I truly am at a loss as to how to paint the 6 x 6 canvases, although they seem to do it effortlessly.   I've tried.  I'm not bad at a pear or coffee cup, but I just love to get a humongous canvas in front of me and start moving some paint around.  That's what I did on this big ole wine painting.  For me, it is so much fun to paint big.  I think I know some of the disadvantages because when you have a "wiper" of this size - it is a considerable amount of wasted paint, which for me is not cheap.  And believe me - I've had plenty of "wipers" - even this size!  On the other hand, painting big is so liberating.   For me it kind of expresses how I see living life - living large!  I had this friend years ago who really and truly lived life large.  She was large; her voice was large; her hair was large; her laugh was large; her make-up was large. . . well, you get the point.  And that was her saying.  I'm having a large time!  She was such a hoot!  So this is to living large.

Fishing folks - Jane's workshop

More fishing
16 x 20 Acrylic

On May 20th I attended Jane Slivka's workshop in Deland, Fla.  Jane is so much fun and the day went by much faster than any Friday at the office!  I met Jane about a year and a half ago at an art festival and immediately fell in love with her and her work.  She is very talented but beyond that is a genuinely nice person.  I was not completely satisfied with my painting, but after a  little work felt like it was at least good enough to post to give you an idea of what we did at the workshop.  This was just one of the two paintings we did that day.  The other I'm still thinking about posting.  We'll see.   I particularly like the way Jane encourages us to paint the water and the reflections of the people in it.  It always looks so easy when she does it.  I had to work at it, but kind of like the outcome.