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Experimenting Day! Two Horse Studies: Day 18 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Experimenting With Paper and Paint.

Greetings! Strada Easel challenge day 18 studies are about experimenting.  For my first piece, I decided to try Daniel Smith‘s “Moonglow”, a lovely blend of pigments that make a nice neutral grayish tint.  The experiment?  Getting a feel for how the blend of pigments handles.

This first study was done in a Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.

Experimenting With Daniel Smith Moonglow

Using Horse Models.

My model horses are good for experiments.  That is to say, they’re fun to draw and I never get tired of them.  

Stillman & Birn Nova Series.

Then, an idea struck!  I was recently gifted a sample pack of Stillman & Birn’s new Nova series of toned papers.  And, in the sample pack is black paper that I had yet to try.  

Experimenting with Stillman & Birn Nova Series

Black Paper; Opaque Paint.

Hmmm.  Time to experiment with black paper!  I drew a different model horse “from life” using white colored pencil first.  Then, I used Winsor & Newton gouache and watercolor.  It was great fun!  You see, I am a “newbie” working with gouache and I am still getting a feel for how the paint works.  

I decided to leave the horse shape the black of the paper.  In which case, I needed to do “negative” painting.  That is to say, I painted around the horse shape.   I added a little bit of blue watercolor and opaque Naples yellow watercolor because I’m experimenting, naturally!

Positive and Negative.

So, one horse was painted “positively” – that is I painted the horse and left the background the “color” of the paper.  The other horse, I painted the background and left the horse shape the paper’s color.  Sort of a positive and negative experiment! 

Experimenting: Horse in Acrylic
Day 8 #stradaeasel challenge

Strada Easel Challenge Days 8, 10 & 11.

I’d like to share with you some of the earlier studies for the Strada Easel Challenge.  As stated before, I like experimenting with my horse models.  The possibilities seem endless.  Plus, I have a seemingly life long affection for horses.

Experimenting: Stepping Out Two
Day 10 #stradaeasel challenge.

Note, the first version of the particular horse model is day 7 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Experimenting: Another Horse Stepping Out

Please enjoy!  And, now, on to day 19!

 

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Experimenting Day! Two Horse Studies: Day 18 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Experimenting With Paper and Paint.

Greetings! Strada Easel challenge day 18 studies are about experimenting.  For my first piece, I decided to try Daniel Smith‘s “Moonglow”, a lovely blend of pigments that make a nice neutral grayish tint.  The experiment?  Getting a feel for how the blend of pigments handles.

This first study was done in a Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.

Experimenting With Daniel Smith Moonglow

Using Horse Models.

My model horses are good for experiments.  That is to say, they’re fun to draw and I never get tired of them.  

Stillman & Birn Nova Series.

Then, an idea struck!  I was recently gifted a sample pack of Stillman & Birn’s new Nova series of toned papers.  And, in the sample pack is black paper that I had yet to try.  

Experimenting with Stillman & Birn Nova Series

Black Paper; Opaque Paint.

Hmmm.  Time to experiment with black paper!  I drew a different model horse “from life” using white colored pencil first.  Then, I used Winsor & Newton gouache and watercolor.  It was great fun!  You see, I am a “newbie” working with gouache and I am still getting a feel for how the paint works.  

I decided to leave the horse shape the black of the paper.  In which case, I needed to do “negative” painting.  That is to say, I painted around the horse shape.   I added a little bit of blue watercolor and opaque Naples yellow watercolor because I’m experimenting, naturally!

Positive and Negative.

So, one horse was painted “positively” – that is I painted the horse and left the background the “color” of the paper.  The other horse, I painted the background and left the horse shape the paper’s color.  Sort of a positive and negative experiment! 

Experimenting: Horse in Acrylic
Day 8 #stradaeasel challenge

Strada Easel Challenge Days 8, 10 & 11.

I’d like to share with you some of the earlier studies for the Strada Easel Challenge.  As stated before, I like experimenting with my horse models.  The possibilities seem endless.  Plus, I have a seemingly life long affection for horses.

Experimenting: Stepping Out Two
Day 10 #stradaeasel challenge.

Note, the first version of the particular horse model is day 7 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Experimenting: Another Horse Stepping Out

Please enjoy!  And, now, on to day 19!

 

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Muddy Colors: Day 17 Tea Time-R*

Muddy Is Good.  Day 17, #stradaeasel Challenge.

Greetings!  Today’s muddy color study is Day 17 of the #stradaeasel challenge.   I was pleased with the grays I used today and thought I’d share with you how I achieved these subtle colors.

Muddy Color: Tea Timer

The Set Up.

To begin with, today’s still life set up was gray.  What to do?   Just thinking; all that gray.

Muddy Color: Gray Still Life

 

Dirty Palette.  

As I pondered what colors to combine to create my gray, muddy color, I looked at my palette.  It is rather dirty and probably ought to be cleaned off.  

Dirty Palette = Muddy Palette

But, wait, why not find my gray here?

So, that’s what I did: touch paint here, mix paint there and, voila, I have warm gray (brownish) mud or cool, bluish gray mud.  

Mud next to mud can be lovely, I think.

Still Muddy Palette.  

I must say, it was fun.  However, my palette is still not clean; it rarely is.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll give it a clean.  Or not.  I may need a muddy palette again!

Catch Up Time:  Day 9. 

Keeping with the theme of tea, I’d like to share the study for Day 9 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Teabags

  

*Tea Time-R

The title reminds me of a computerized tee time call in system for golf courses my husband developed back in the 1990s.  It was called the “Tee Timer”.  

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Inspiration: Hot, Sweet And Sour, Days 16, 15 & 14 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Greetings!

Its Day 16 and I’d like to talk about inspiration!  To explain, I have been plugging away at the Strada Easel 31 Days in January Challenge.  Looking at all I’ve done, I thought it might be a good idea to start grouping some of the paintings together in order to eventually post all 31 works.  

With today’s grouping, I can share a bit about where I find inspiration.

inspiration: sweet and sour version 2
Day 16, #stradaeasel challenge.

Variations On A Theme.

“Sweet and Sour V2” is today’s piece.  As the name implies, I did a version 1 as well, that is what the “V” is about.

Inspiration: Sweet and Sour
Day 15, #stradaeasel challenge.

Ideas Inspire More Ideas.

What I’d like to tell you about is how I am coming up with the more recent pieces.  It is case of one painting inspiring the next.  In this situation, I have been thinking of phrases or titles that match the items I have available for still life set ups.  

For example, “sweet and sour” popped in my head while I was doing “hot and sour”.  Regarding “hot and sour”, I really don’t remember what I was doing in the kitchen, but, again, the idea struck me.  I think its because I am in the groove of pairing odd things and am receptive to inspiration.  Its sort of an on-going brain storming of ideas.

Inspiration: Loosey-Goosey Thinking.

This all seems sort of loosey-goosey, so I think I’ll try to explain this in a different way.  When one is working in a series, you seem to create conditions that encourage ideas and inspiration.  

For me, I’m almost constantly thinking about my little still life set ups.  So, its natural that one would lead to another.  I just have to look at an object and then I try to figure out how to get it to fit into my series of still life setups.

In any case, I hope you enjoy these three paintings.

Inspiration: Hot & sour
Day 14: #stradaeasel challenge.

 

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Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your Imagination

in this video, you will watch Stefan Baumann talking to his class about Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your ImaginationInspiring. How to paint original paintings and compositions.
Millions to paint outdoors This video is to Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Days 5 Through 7, #stradaeasel Challenge. Studies: One Teabag; Two Horses

Three Studies.

Hi!  I thought I’d take a few moments and catch up on posting my daily studies for the #stradaeasel challenge.  I have been posting them to my Facebook personal page and business page.  But, not everyone has Facebook.  More to the point, I like to have my studies, paintings and drawings posted here.

Teabag and Lemon studies

Day 5.

After using acrylic for the first four days of the Strada Easel challenge, I decided to switch media.  I thought it would be fun to work with watercolor, my “go to” medium.  Still using the lemon wedge and teabag set up, I did one more study.

I feel I could go on doing variations on a theme of teabag and lemon.  It could be the start of an entire new series, especially if and when I start going abstract.  

However, I was getting in the mood to move on.

And yet, isn’t it kind of amazing that one can get so much content out of a simple teabag and lemon wedge?

Watercolor & Ink Studies: Appaloosa

Day 6.

But, it was time to move on, at least for awhile.  I pulled out my Breyer model horses to serve as subject. 

Which brings me to a thought.  The purpose of the challenge is to draw or paint from life, including still life.  So, my Breyer model horses fit the requirement – I’m drawing models from life; sort of still life horses.  

Also, since I have been experimenting with ink for another project, I decided to add ink to my horse studies.

The first study is of an appaloosa.  I love the serenity of this horse.  For appling the ink, I use dip pens.

Horse Studies

Day 7.

This is the way I get to know a subject, as I’ve probably mentioned before.  I do several studies.  Sometimes they, the studies that is, lead to paintings.  Other times, I just enjoy the studies as they are.

So, I’m studying horses, though the breed of horse isn’t my concern.  It is the character and expression.  Also, I have stuck the list that has the breed of each model away in storage.  So, I am somewhat at a loss.

With this study, I used a variety of dip pen nips to experiment with line quality. In the end, I was pleased with the study.

And, so, on I go with the Strada Easel challenge!

Thanks!

#stradaeasel #mstermercox #fromlife #stilllife #fineart

 

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Day Four: Tea Bag With Lemon; Strada Easel January 31 Day Challenge

Add Lemon.

Greetings!  Lemon and tea just go together like pepper and salt.  So, on day 4 of Strada Easel’s  challenge, I added a wedge to my tea bag still life.  

Day 4: Tea Bag With Lemon

I rarely have a fresh lemon in the refrigerator, but today I did.  So, it was inevitable that a wedge or slice would wind up in the picture.  And, I liked the lemon wedge.

Thought for Today.

I figure that one of the real issues of this challenge is dealing with a lack of confidence.  So, each day that I paint through the cloud of doubt is a victory.

Next.

I hope you enjoy my tea bag with lemon.  I imagine my next piece might have a tea bag or a lemon.  But, since I haven’t started yet, we’ll see!  ‘Til day five then!  

#stradaeasel #acrylic #stilllife #fromlife #mstermercox

 

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Strada Easel Day Three: Two Tea Bags. What To Do With A Problem Painting

Problem? 

I’d like to talk about problem paintings.  To explain, today’s study for the Strada Easel January 31 Day Challenge almost works; but not quite.  

Problem? Day 3 Strada Easel 31 Day From Life Challenge

Tea Bag Two (Too).

Speaking of today’s work, like yesterday’s, its another tea bag study.  I’d like to explain why I do several paintings of a subject before I discus my problem painting. Or, if it really is a problem.

Multiples.

Why another study of tea bags?  Generally, this is how I work.  I’ll do multiple still life drawings or paintings using similar objects in a set up.  Even such small changes as adding a second tea bag presents new opportunities.

In other words, this is how I do research and learn about a subject or subjects.

Not Happy.  Expectation Issue?

So, here’s the deal with today’s study.  It’s a problem and I’m not happy with it.  It seems like I fought the painting from start to finish.  Perhaps its just a case of skills not matching expectations.  However, what to do?

Work.

First of all, when faced with a piece I don’t like, the best thing to do is work.  

Let It Rest.

Second, if I get to a point where it could be finished, or  am ready to destroy the painting, I put it away.  Oddly enough, after some time, like a week or a month, the painting looks better.  Or, I see something I liked.  

More Work, Or Paint Over.

And, then, sometimes, its still as unsatisfactory as it was the day I “finished” it.  Still, I have options.  I can work on the painting some more and see if I can resolve the short comings.  Lastly, I can wipe the picture with a fresh coat of paint or two and start all over.

Situation Normal.

In summary, its normal, I think, for an artist to have an unsatisfactory piece.  And, my two tea bags fit in this category for me.  At the end of the month, I’ll look at it again and figure out what I want to do, or not.  

Prequel.

I’d like to close with one of my “prequel” studies.  In preparation for the challenge, I did several small studies.  The idea was to rehearse my daily painting concept.  I will let you know at the end of the month if it worked!  

Espresso and Time, Still Life Study

Please enjoy!

#fromlife #stradaeasel #acrylicpainting #mstermercox

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day Two: Tea Bag, Strada Easel 31 in January Challenge

Greetings!  

Yes, I’m tea bag-ging it for Day 2 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Tea Bag: Day Two Strada Easel Challenge

I think its too early to say anything profound about the challenge.  Rather, I will just acknowledge day two and move on to the next.

Nix Perfection.

That being said, note to self: don’t get too picky about the details.  Big shapes!  Its funny, I have a tendency toward perfection.  But, drawing and painting doesn’t have to be perfect, just enough to convey the message.

Anyway, on to day three.  Will it be another tea bag, or…?  

For more about the challenge, please see Day One. Thanks!

 

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