Friday, February 28, 2014
I thought it might be interesting to show the process behind painting this portrait from life. The painting on the left shows the stage where I am thinking about putting down lots of color and finding the planes of the face and features. In the painting on the right, I've taken my trusty Langenickel soft brush and softened everything I did in the first stage, then added a few details like nostrils and highlights to bring it all together.
Here are the colors that I used in the light areas of her face. I begin by mixing Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Scarlet, and Titanium White for a basic warm skin tone. Then I added a drop of green, then Cerulean Blue, then Quinacridone Rose, then more Cadmium Yellow to change the color of the skin ever so slightly.
For the shadows on her face and neck, I started with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue with Quinacridone Rose and Titanium White. To this mixture, I added Cadmium Scarlet, then a medium value green, then Cerulean Blue, and lastly I mixed Yellow Ochre to my basic purple color. This gave me a nice range of shadow colors to play with.
When I softened her face, I tried to let the colors stay separated just a bit. I have a tendency to over blend and lose the color excitement. When I find a good balance, I put my brush down and walk away quickly!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Last night, we gathered at Mainstreet Studio to paint Brittany. Do you have any idea how hard it is to forge out into the Polar Vortex to paint into the night? I am so glad that there are other hardy souls who are determined to paint from life on a regular basis, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. Not to mention our intrepid model, who could have been at home watching "Idol" or something!
I decided to try to keep this one pretty loose, and didn't worry too much about getting a perfect likeness. I was more interested in pushing the color and putting down some really thick paint.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint some citrus fruits. So I painted some. Then I destroyed my painting with a dry paintbrush and repainted it. Then I did it again. Each time, I tried to leave some edges soft, and I tried to vary the color with each brush stroke. This "destroy and rebuild" technique is pretty fun-- you never really know how things will turn out!
Friday, February 7, 2014
I painted this little piece for the Daily Paintworks Challenge this week. The challenge was to change your color with every brush stroke, using very large flat brushes. Keeps one from becoming too fussy!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Have you considered owning a larger piece of original art but balked at the mind-boggling prices? I've got some pieces in the Woodstock Courthouse Art Gallery for a show through February with prices that are a fraction of my usual gallery prices. They are all framed in black or dark bronze frames, ready for hanging. The sizes listed below are for the pieces without frames.
Contact Vicky at the Woodstock Courthouse Art Center for details and shipping. I'll give you details about the upcoming reception on February 15th, too. I'd love to see you there!
"DeLawn", Oil Painted OnThick Gesso On Canvas, 22x24", $425
"Red Scarf", Oil on Canvas, 12x16", $200 (SOLD)
"San Diego Morning", Oil on Gesso Board, 14x11", $225
"La Señora", Oil on Canvas, 12x9", $185
"The Visitor", 16x12", $325
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Here in Illinois, there isn't a whole lot to look at other than snow these days. Sometimes the sunlight makes wonderful patterns that are quite dazzling. This is the scene outside my back window today.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I caught my sister-in-law Annie during a rare moment of tranquility in Jamaica. I knew I had to paint this scene-- the sunlight streaking across the floor was irresistible!
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I was contacted by Bob Swenson, former NFL player for the Denver Broncos to help with a project that he and his wife have started, titled "Freedom 58 Project". They are asking artists to paint portraits of freed slaves which will be on display to raise awareness of the huge problem of slavery and human trafficking worldwide. I was more than happy to lend a hand, and I chose to paint Claire. Her strong, optimistic spirit spoke to me, and she was a joy to paint.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Laura is a very special student of mine. She started in my teen class when she was in middle school, and now here we are, several years later, and she's become a wonderful artist and a lovely young lady on the brink of adulthood. I look at "my kids" sometimes and wonder how it's possible that they've grown before my very eyes and I don't feel a moment older. But I also feel very lucky for having known each of them.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
First, let me say that Jose is a very very nice man. He provides many of our frames at the studio, and was gracious enough to sit for us for a couple of hours yesterday. He looks slightly menacing because I decided to paint him that way. The direct stare and lowered lids can give the viewer an uneasy feeling. As a contrast, I painted the background in "friendly" pastel shades to try to lighten the mood!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Don't worry folks, the snow hasn't hit Illinois already. I painted this one from a photo that one of my students brought in to class. Thanks, Dixie! Once again, I painted on top of thick gesso applied to a hardboard which gave wonderful rough textures. Another painting with a mind of its own!
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Friday, November 1, 2013
The last session of my portrait class at Mainstreet was last Monday. We spent six weeks together, going over the fundamentals of portrait drawing and painting. We started out drawing portraits in charcoal, and then progressed to painting with a limited palette of colors. The painting above was painted with Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Medium, and Cadmium Yellow Pale-- that was it! So interesting to see how many colors can be made using just the three "primaries".
We ended the session with a live model sitting. Nerves gave way to intense concentration, and some wonderful paintings were produced! I was so proud of my class!!!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This one was fun to do. As a demo in my Impressionism II class, I took a hardboard and spread super thick gesso on top of it. After it had dried, there were all kinds of cracks and crevasses to paint on top of. It was impossible to be too exact with this one, since the thick gesso dictated the direction of much of the paint.
I think everyone enjoyed stepping outside of their comfort zone on this one. I know I did!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I love it when the snow falls and the Aspens still have their fall colors in Colorado. It's a magical time that is irresistible to paint!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Even though I've been teaching like crazy these last few weeks, I haven't been able to get St Petersburg out of my mind, and I return to my easel to paint my memories of this unforgettable place whenever I get a moment.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This painting was done from a photograph on a wonderful website called Lee A Brown Photography. Lee Brown is a professional photographer who shares his work with us and invites us to paint using his references. This piece is from Telluride, and is this month's painting challenge. You should check this website out!
I painted this landscape upside down. No, I wasn't upside down, but I flipped the reference over and painted the entire thing without looking at it right side up. This is the result. I challenged my Impressionism students to try their hands at it, and we were all amazed at how quickly and loosely they covered their canvases.
I may never paint a landscape right side up again! I may have a small problem when I paint outdoors. Time to sign up for yoga!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Well hello there! It's been quite awhile since I've posted a painting. My teaching schedule really heated up in September and October, so I've had little time to paint on my own. I must admit that I love delving into teaching and working with so many talented artists at the studio.
This little painting is a demonstration that I did for a workshop on palette knife painting yesterday. I really love painting with a knife-- it forces me to not sweat the details, let accidents happen, and enjoy the ride! I also love the way the palette knife adds energy to an otherwise quiet and "still" still life!
This piece was painted on canvas and is mounted on 3/4 inch cradled hardboard. If you would be interested in purchasing it, please click on Ann Feldman Cherries.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
St Petersburg has rush hour in the morning, just like any large city today. The biggest difference for me was the sight of those arresting domes hovering over the skyline. The architecture there is unlike any I have seen before-- it made me feel so very far from home.
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Monday, September 9, 2013
The dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral is visible almost everywhere in St. Petersburg. Luckily, our hotel was just across the street from this landmark, so we knew which way to point ourselves at the end of the day. My favorite time to photograph the city was in the morning when the light hit the sides of the yellow and white buildings along the river.
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Friday, September 6, 2013
We are back from our unforgettable trip to Russia. A week in St Petersburg was barely enough to scratch the surface of all the city had to offer. Naturally, the highlight of the trip for me was a day spent in the Hermitage--I made a bee line for the Impressionist wing, then I wandered about aimlessly for the rest of the day, getting lost and surprised at every turn. I'm told that if a person took one minute to look at each object in the Hermitage, it would take seven years to see it all.
This painting represents my impression of early morning on the Neva River which runs throughout the city. Wandering around the city is an adventure in itself, considering that all signs are unintelligible to American eyes, and the language-- forget about it! I felt like I was truly in another world.
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Monday, August 19, 2013
At the Button Petter Gallery
Well, I guess this is "Das Vee Danya!" I leave in just under a week to travel to Russia with my mother for a celebratory birthday. We will be in St Petersburg, where we hope to soak up as much art and culture as we possibly can while we are there. I have attempted to learn a bit of the language-- to practically no avail. Mostly what I can say in Russian amounts to: I don't speak any Russian. I am American. Which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who speaks to me!
But I am loading up my cameras, expecting to take tons of photos which I hope will become the basis for future paintings. Or I may freeze altogether in the presence of such grandeur. We will see. Either way, it will be an unforgettable experience, and I can hardly wait.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
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This painting was created through the use of SCIENCE!
I attended a lecture last week at the Art Institute of Chicago (let me take a moment to feel lucky) entitled "The Science of Impressionism". Turns out the Impressionists were very scientific in their approach to color. Specifically, they employed the use of color complements whenever possible to make their color appear more vivid and to make their paintings seem lively and full of movement.
A complementary color is located directly opposite from a color on the color wheel. Typical color complements are yellow/purple, blue/orange, and red/green.
In my painting, I surrounded the yellowish umbrella with a purple-ish background to make it stand out. The bright orange umbrella is countered by the bright blue shirt on the man. The red flowers are standing against green leaves.
During the lecture, we were able to get up close to many famous paintings to see how color complements were used.
Do you see the complements used in this Van Gogh painting? Red and green are quite obvious, and look how he put a stroke of lavender right under her chin to play off the yellow cast of her skin. Orange and blue dance about in the background. Think this was an accident? I think not!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
"It was written that I would love you,
From the moment you opened your eyes."
While I was putting the finishing touches on this piece, "Calico Skies" by Paul McCartney came up on my iPod, and I thought that the lyrics of this song perfectly matched the sentiment of this little portrait. It is such a huge moment when you realize that life will no longer be just about "me", but "we" from that moment on.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The reception last weekend at the Button-Petter Gallery was quite a success. Attendance was enhanced by red trolleys which brought in waves of art and wine lovers who were part of a Saugatuck/Douglas tour. What luck to be on the itinerary! Met so many interesting people that day, in addition to the fantastic friends and family that came to support me-- where would I be without you? The painting above sold that weekend, which was frosting on the cake!!!
After the reception, the extended Feldman family left for parts up north. We stayed for a week in Charlevoix, then visited Petosky and Mackinaw Island. Michigan is beautiful this time of year! The sand dunes were magnificent, and history abounded all around us. Snapped hundreds of photos for future paintings-- look out for sunny verandas and hand-glazed pottery to pop up in my future art projects.
I hope that you're finding time to make the most out of summer!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I liked the look of this young lad so much, I decided to paint him. Sometimes a face in the crowd proves to be irresistible, so I surreptitiously snap a photo and use it as the basis for a painting. I change things around pretty significantly, so these paintings aren't exactly wonderful likenesses, but I'm after a mood here, not a portrait per se.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
"Floral Fantasy in Red"
Button Petter Gallery
"Floral Fantasy in Yellow"
Button Petter Gallery
East End Gallery
Dear blogging friends, I have neglected you far too long, and I apologize for that. In a nutshell, I have been painting like crazy. In the spring, I had galleries to supply. The three paintings above have sold in the last month, and interestingly, they are all florals! Hmmm, perhaps I should pay attention to that...
After the gallery orders were filled, I retreated to my studio to continue my experimentation with the new techniques I've picked up in the last few months, particularly in CW Mundy's workshop. My ratio of successes to failures at present is about 1/10. The paint is flying and the canvases are filling the garbage bins. But my hope is that I will eventually emerge from my garret with a new approach, and perhaps a new understanding of impressionist art.
NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be teaching 6 week classes in Impressionism for new and continuing students at Mainstreet Art Centre in Lake Zurich, IL starting in September. The classes will be held on Fridays. I will also be teaching a portrait class on Monday evenings, beginning in September. If you'd be interested in any of these classes, please call Mainstreet at (847) 550-0016.