If I were to try and save this one, I would use white gouache and eliminate the 3 avocados on the left. Even then, it would not be great.
I decided to cool the surface and strengthen the shadows. Did I improve it?
Mark's tribute to artist by making a stencil.
I started en plein air group to help get artists out of the house and into the parks. This week we met in the Mission Community Gardens.
I am currently struggling to paint looser with watercolor and have been practicing a lot.
I'm not happy with my finished paintings but I DO enjoy sitting outside and staring at flowers.
I still need to add the shadows underneath.
Mark's pressed flower experiment
I thought I would try using an ink outline, but realized that I do not care for that kind of style. It pushes things into an illustrative or cartoon world. I also struggled with remembering to keep certain areas unpainted for highlights. Here I tried to scrub away some of the paint, which resulted in damaged paper.
I have very limited experience painting flowers or other plants, so thought I would give it shot. I'm not happy with the results, but the nowness I experienced was splendid.
Tonight I met with an artist friend Loretta to spend some creative time together. I've mentioned in the past that I want to do a Vanitas painting, so using watercolors, I created a study of a baby's skull. I will definitely use it as one of my props when it comes to completing the oil version.
Tonight I met with my artist friend, Loretta and we both worked on projects with the theme of "Dream". I created using watercolor paints, while she worked with richly-colored pastels.
Puttered around a bit, then got to work mixing some paint mediums. I also routered the edge of a small wooden panel I created.
I must admit, I'm a bit nervous about oil painting again, for I haven't touched the medium since 2005! I can't believe it's been that long ago!
The other night I worked on a leg painting and did not like the results. I worked on it more tonight.
I decided to try using my Rapidograph ink pens to make the drawing and then fill in with watercolor. I really hate the results, so I'll work on it more another night.
First I worked on a second test painting for the dissected legs.
Then I added more latex tubing to my ongoing sculpture/installation.
On the other leg painting that is a lot more transparent, I made a decision that I liked the edges painted white rather than black. So I repainted.
I also drew a pattern for a color checker on some basswood.
Finally, I sorted my paints again to make a limited palette. This is suggested by the Austin, Texas teacher, Mark Calder. I really like his free instructional videos.
Finally, I carved a torch, which can be really physical using the drawknife. After I made it, realized that the handle was way too long, so I cut it to the right length and reattached the end.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.