Beached in Long Beach by Sharon Weaver
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Below is a detail of Beached in Long Beach, I was very aware of my brush strokes and applied thick paint for interest.
Detail of Beached in Long Beach
1) Getting attention from across the room
2) Heighten their interest at 4 feet away
3) Reveal the details up close
A Feast for the Eyes
Why I premix my colors....
1 It allows me to concentrate on painting not mixing
2 The colors stay clean and clear
3 There is a harmony to the colors when I mix them all at the same time
4 Most important... when I am mixing, I am only thinking about what colors I want to use in my painting so those color are deep, rich and beautiful
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cherry blossoms where a lighter peachy-pink; quite different from the bright pink of others I had painted before. This lush and soft cherry tree had just the right shade of pink to really stand out against the mountains. It captured the abundance of spring in its outstretched limbs. The blue sky peaked through the blossoms giving it the light, airy nature. I achieved that same airiness by cutting back into the blossoms with the sky holes.
It must have been the day to paint the cherry blossoms because there were several other artists who showed up to paint including Sharon Burkett Kaiser , Lynn Gertenbach and Maria Klar.
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As John Paul worked, he discussed the special role of artists which is to inspire feelings with their art. He also talked about the importance of edges within a painting. Our art teachers taught us that there are two types of edges, soft and hard. John Paul believes that this just isn't true and he has named eight different edge treatments.
On the lower left of the hat is a vanishing edge. This is where the edge is incorporated into the adjacent object with no defined line or edge. The jagged edge is just above that on the hat. This is when the edge is irregular, allowing outside colors and texture into its borders.
After the demonstration, John Paul was kind enough to gave a critique of the Mini Show winners. This allowed everyone to see the paintings from his viewpoint. I can always tell when everyone enjoys the demo because nobody wants to leave and I finally had to be the enforcer and herd everyone out of the hall. Thank you John Paul Thornton for a great demonstration. Comment on or Share this Article →
It takes constant vigilance to paint out of your comfort zone. It is amazing how easy it is to paint from habit. In order to paint Morning Hits the Rocks as I wanted, I continually had to stop from my habitual knee jerk reaction. My first attempt to paint this seascape ended with me poking a hole in the canvas with my brush but I don't recommend doing that since it damages your canvas and your brush. The truth is I have gone through a lot of emotions to achieve the painting I wanted. I am, after all, a temper-mental artist.
Even with so much inner conflict, completing this painting has given me a lot of satisfaction. You may recognize the trees which I used for another blog post, Painting with a Colors Complement. I am thrilled with the resulting seascape and hope you agree. The colors are intense, strong and clean throughout the painting. I infused colors into the shadows for more drama. I played with complementary colors (see How to Paint with Color by Sharon Weaver) at every level of painting and layered the paint to achieve depth.
This painting was inspired by Morning on the Rocks, a plein air study of Lovers Cove in northern California.
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The search for new ways to market my art is ongoing and never ending. With Facebook, Twitter and all the other social networks it is hard to know where to put your energies. About a year ago Marsha Robinett, another artist, recommended writing a "lens" on Squidoo. I tried to enter a topic at that time but had a lot of difficulty with the software and gave up.
A few days ago, I again made an effort to add a lens and found the process much more simple and easy. How to Paint with Color by Sharon Weaver is the result. In my first day, I have had 4 visitors and 2 positive reviews. Lenses are ranked so the more visitors that come to the lens the higher the ranking. I am hoping to become a Giant Squid and add more lenses so please visit my lens and if you like what you see leave a review.
If you are not familiar with Squidoo, take a look at the welcome page where you will find so many diverse topics that are available for further exploration. I am planning to add more lenses to other topics to expand my audience and meet more people.
Let me know what you think of Squidoo? If you are looking for new ways to find others with similar interests making a lens could be a good way to get the word out.