Monday, March 26, 2012
Some more paintings and chicken pen failure
Picasa has changed and I can't upload photos the way I am used to doing. It has taken me an hour to figure out the new method, and I'll have to do more studying to find out how to size the pictures. So there you go.
Anyway, I worked more on the painting of my living room, and then did the bottom picture from a painting one of my students did years ago at a workshop. I've always like the composition. My latest challenge is to work on color. I have always been so fond of value that color was almost unimportant. I had to find something new to do with my painting, so that is what I chose. I've studied pictures of work in art magazines that showcase color and dove in. It doesn't come naturally to me, and I am still working with my usual six tubes of primary colors. That takes some creative mixing to obtain anything but conventional landscape colors, but I'm trying. I know it's possible. Primaries can make any color there is.
For a couple of days we had weather like mid-summer. The temperature was in the 80's. No sooner did I get out my sandals and short sleeved tops when snow began to fall again. Now we are back to winter. I spent most of the time working on the chicken pen in an attempt to curb Penny's wanderlust. Just as I was finishing up my revamping of the pen, Penny flew over my head to freedom. People have suggested I trim her wings, but somehow I just can't do it. I can only hope that my reluctance doesn't cost her her life.