Thursday, January 29, 2009

On The Easel-Raku Vase w Rose,Lace-Step 5

”I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.” - Picasso

Step 5: The above quote seems to fit this one! I have to force myself to work on it. I'm afraid to move forward in fear of wrecking the folds and lacework. A good thing about putting it on the blog is, it forces me to keep working on it. Have completed the vase. Have completed table top....note the suggestion of wood grain. Have removed the miskit on the lace holes in the folds, slowly deepening the shadows with pale glazes of blue-grey, rose & orange. Will continue to develop the lace. Rose is almost complete......will come back to it after the lace is further along. The background was too light and I've added another layer of Verditer blue, Ultramarine blue and Blue Apatite Genuine, strategicaly placeing the Ultrmarine blue around the rose. Boy will I be glad to see this one finished!! Stay tuned....... Yours in art, Laura Leeder


Thursday, January 15, 2009

On The Easel-New Painting, Fruit with Striped Bowl

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him. Henry Miller

I've started a new painting......this is the 1st step. I almost always start with my background. I find it easier to judge all my other values against it. I may touch it up at the very end....for example....just above the apple on the left, it needs a darker color scumbled on that area. I will wait until the fruit and lace cloth are done and decide, do I want it towards the green or more toward the blue/grey? There may be other area's that I will want to adjust as well.

I still have the painting with Raku Pottery, Rose and Lace to complete. I've been procrastinating on this one....not sure why...I'll give myself another day or two to skirt around it.
Thank's for viewing my site, have an awesome day!

Laura Leeder

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

On The Easel-Still Life Painting Demo-Step 4

"I never finish a painting -- I just stop working on it for a while." - Arshile Gorky

Step 4: Working on the vase...using Burnt Sienna, Indanthrone Blue along center and sides of vase. Added several glazes of *Perylene Violet (one of my new Daniel Smith colors), along the right hand edge above rose and the lower half of the vase. Removed the lines and dots of miskit on the bowl of the vase, softenging some, eliminating others, as they were too sharp and overdone. Deepened the colors on the upper half of the vase also. Miskit removed here too, and selected some of the dots to save and others were eliminated. Adding more glazes of colors to the rose, slowly developing its shape. Starting to develop the folds on the lace cloth. As I develop the painting, I can see that the background will need to be punched up.....will do this towards the end. Now, I need to spend some time working on the cloth, painting out the lace holes, and adding more color, texture and depth to the table. Need to start developing the cast shadow on the vase and across the table as well.

*Perylene Violet...this is an interesting color! It's proving to be a great color to blend, glaze and deepen all my other reds, pinks with. Here is the description of this color:

*A deep, luscious, grape-juicy reddish-violet.The masstone is dark and intense, shifting in tints toward a rich red violet with a brownish-purple cast. Because of its relative neutrality, it’s a natural-looking choice for portrait, landscape or botanical work—imagine how good it looks with complementary greens. It also makes strong, interesting shadows.
ASTM Lightfastness Rating: Excellent
· Tranparency: Transparent
· Staining: Medium

This painting is close to being this stage, I run the risk of diving in without thinking through my steps and ruining it, in my haste to be finished with it. So I will set it aside for a day or two, while I work on another painting.
Thanks for viewing my site! Your comments are welcome....

Yours in art, Laura Leeder

Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Year means a fresh start.....

I always look forward to this time of year. It is a time for new hopes, new enthusiasm and a new beginning. The time when many reflect on events of the previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy.

I celebrate the opportunity to start fresh ..... a new beginning. What do I want to accomplish this year, both personally and professionly? I have given some thought to my New Year Resolutions and today I will take time to write them down along with some goals to help me get there.

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." - Anthony Robbins

May 2009 be your best year ever!
Wishing good health, happiness and prosperity to all!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder
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