Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Claire, Freedom 58 Project" 11x14"

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, 12x16"

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

Jose, 12x16"

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

"Still Water", 7x5"

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

"Red Scarf", 12x16"

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

Frozen Creekbed, 7x5"

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

Aspens in the Snow, 6x8"

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

Bridges Over the Neva, 10x8"

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

"Don't Fence Me In", 10x8"

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

"Life's a Bowl with Cherries", 6x8"

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

Monday Morning, St. Petersburg, 8x10"

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.

To bid on this painting, please click on Ann Feldman St Petersburg.

I wanted to share a mosaic I photographed in St Isaac's Cathedral with you.  At first glance, this piece looked like a stunning oil painting, but on closer inspection, it turned out to be a mosaic of thousands of tiny ceramic squares, each perfectly colored to show form and light.  I stood in front of this masterpiece with my jaw dropped and my eyes wide open for what must have been a very long time.  Long enough for my mother to finish her shopping in the cathedral gift shop, and then we were off again!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Morning, Neva River, 10x8"

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

Early Morning, St. Petersburg, Russia, 10x8"

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

"Floral Fantasy in Pink and Green", 16x12"

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.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Well Hi There!", 6x6"

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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

"Calico Skies" 8x10"

"It was written that I would love you,
From the moment you opened your eyes."
-Paul McCartney

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

"Floral Fantasy in Orange and White", 16x12"

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

Jean Luc, 14x11"

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

"Paris", 20x16"

I'll be taking this painting to the opening this Saturday at the Button Petter Gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan.  Looking forward to it!

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Harbor Town", 9x13"

Last time I was in Saugatuck, I couldn't resist snapping a few photos for possible painting references.  This one was a natural-- it just says "Harbor Town".

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Class Announcement

"Floral Fantasy in Red"
Button Petter Gallery 

"Floral Fantasy in Yellow"
Button Petter Gallery 

"Tea Roses"
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.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Siesta", 10x8"

I'm having so much fun with the "Destroy and Rebuild" technique that I learned from CW Mundy a while back, that I couldn't resist sharing it with my workshop students a week ago.  The Pencil and Palette Club in Huntley invited me to put on a workshop to explore new Impressionist approaches, and we covered a lot of ground!  This painting is a demo that I started in the workshop, then completed in my studio.  And now, it's on its way to Nantucket, and the East End Gallery!

I called it "Siesta" because it looks like the pear on the right decided to take it easy-- hmm, not a bad idea...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gallery Paintings

Yesterday, my dear friend Jayne and I took a road trip to Saugatuck, Michigan to deliver my paintings to the Button Petter Gallery.  If you would like to see the paintings, please click on Ann's Virtual Gallery for a closer look.

The Gallery will be hosting an opening for me on July 20th, so if you'll be anywhere near the area around then, I hope you'll stop in and say hello!  It is truly a thrill for me to be part of such a beautiful gallery, amongst an amazing group of talented artists.

The Button Petter Gallery

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Another Day in Paradise, 7x5"

This is a tiny thumbnail painting of a scene that we stumbled upon in Banff.  I'm in the process of creating a much larger painting (20x16") now that I have most of the bugs worked out. It's so handy to have a smaller sketch to refer to, to keep from getting lost in the larger format.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Gypsy" 16x20"

It is so good to get back to the studio and paint from life again.  I took a deep breath and tried to channel what I learned with Jeff Watts last spring.  I got out my small brushes and laid tiny color "tiles" next to each other.  Then I forced myself to put down the brushes and walk away from the painting before I softened all the personality right out of it!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Sisters", 9x12"

This painting made me think of sisters-- all living on the same branch, but evolving into unique personalities with different outlooks.

My challenge on this one was to use a palette knife on top of a transparent wash.  I had to stop myself before I went in and developed it too far.  I wanted it to say "roses" without overstating things.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

CW Mundy Workshop

"After" CW Mundy

"Before" CW Mundy

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I hope that the two versions of my simply painted apples will describe the transformation that my painting style went through after meeting and studying with CW Mundy last week in New Harmony, Indiana. Our class of 20 students had just settled in to our seats on the first day when CW told us to get up, set up, and paint a piece of fruit quickly.  My "before" version is above and it served as a benchmark for the changes I was to go through in the next few days in class.

I came in to CW's class with the intention of loosening up my painting style.  Sounds easy enough, but it turned out to be one of the most difficult processes I've ever gone through.  Surprisingly, after painting in "my" style for a few decades, it was not easy at all to break through to a new level of painting.  The left side of my logical brain was so resistant to change, it was shocking to me.  CW saw the frustration (also known as tears) in my eyes, and gave me space to wrestle with my demons.

I'm happy to say that the quiet complacent right side of my brain finally had a say in the matter.  In the stillness of my studio, my intuition is beginning to emerge.  This new style is not second nature to me yet, but in about 20 more paintings, I hope to have a sense of comfort with Impressionism.

I'll write more about the workshop in upcoming blogs.  I hope you'll stay tuned!

The idyllic town of New Harmony, Indiana

 We were treated to a talk on Visual Language by the workshop instructors:  Frank Serrano, Ken Backhaus, Carolyn Anderson, and CW Mundy

Friday, April 12, 2013

"Tall Trees, Lake Louise" 8x6"

If you've ever visited Lake Louise in Canada, you know that I'm not making up that blue! This is a palette knife painting based on a photo I shot during our trip there.  It's an unforgettable place.

And now I'm packing my bags for my trip to study with CW Mundy in New Harmony, Indiana.  I hope to learn some new Impressionistic techniques from him-- and I'll keep you posted!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Park the Car in Harvard Yard, 11x14"

The Boston area is just so photogenic.  I always find lots of material to paint from when I go there to visit daughter Emily.  This one was painted mostly with a palette knife and will be donated to raise funds for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra next week (Emily is a violist).

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Fractured Still Life, 10x8"

Ann Feldman 

In my last Impressionism workshop session at Mainstreet on Friday, we tried our hands at fracturing a simple still life.  You may remember that I've been experimenting with this technique since I was introduced to it by Julie Ford Oliver.  I gave the students a quick demonstration (it was a simple pear that turned quickly into fruit cocktail so I won't share that one with you) and then I set them free.  I suggested to them that if they would like to see Julie demonstrate her technique, they should download her tutorial on Daily Paintworks.  It is excellent!

This technique requires quite a lot of brainpower.  You could have heard a pin drop in the class.  When they put down their brushes, we were all amazed at the different interpretations that came from the same reference.  I've included some of their work below.

Gloria Zucaro (click to see her blog)

 Ginny Breecher 

 Carol Breyer 

Mary Ann Pailey 

 Linda Rubens

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 8, 2013

"On His Way", 6x6"

I took a photo of my son Jordan crossing this bridge on his bike just a few weeks before he left for school in Colorado. I was on the brink of "empty nestdom", and felt it was symbolic.  He's on his way.

I think I'll keep this one.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Conclave, 8x6"

Well, a Conclave is a gathering of Cardinals, so I thought perhaps that would describe this one pretty well! These brilliant birds continue to flock to my branches and I feel compelled to capture them in paint.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Autumn in Michigan, 20"x16"

This is a larger and more detailed version of a small painting I created earlier.  This one was painted in anticipation of a gallery opening with Button Petter Gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan, taking place on July 20th.  If you'll be in the area, I would be thrilled to see you there!

In other news, there is a write up of a painting demonstration that I put on for the Long Grove Artists' Guild in February in today's Daily Herald.  If you'd like to see the article, please click here.