Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Good Dog" and Birch Trees

One of the things we do ("assignments") in class is to do a Birch Tree painting. I feel it's a great exercise because of the many things we talk about while doing it and after. Things like texture (using various "tools"), values, colors (warm, cool, etc) atmospheric perspective, composition, and more. It still amazes me that some of these people have never even held a paintbrush! These are some of the results of our project. I am so in awe of how they just go right at it- especially since a blank canvas can be so intimidating. It's a great group because we all help each other and everyone supports each other. Lots of talent here, and I have a feeling they will keep painting. 
Now as far as "Good Boy", that is my Birch Tree painting! I tried and tried, and couldn't stand what I was creating in those trees. Just wasn't making me happy. So.......one mark became a shoulder, then a figure, then a dog, and soon there was no evidence of a single tree. So that's a lesson in itself. If it just isn't happening  for you, just make marks and see what it starts to look like. One of  the students said yesterday as she worked on her painting, "This painting is telling me what it needs". I love that!  
"Good Dog" is available on 
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/660609

8 comments:

  1. The best advice, Laurie! Love the result!
    Hope your students realize how lucky they are to have you. Their work is beautiful - looks like they paid attention.

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    1. Thank you, Chris, but I really feel like the lucky one!

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  2. WOW! Their work is fabulous! Those backgrounds and hills are all great too :) Love the story of your save, and the perfectly sunny day you created :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! Yes they did do a great job!

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  3. "Good Dog" (whose name is Birches, I presume) has texture, values, colors, atmospheric perspective, composition, and more! So wonderful to have a new Laurie painting to look at … not to mention all the awesome birch trees painted by your students. Thanks for sharing every single painting.

    By the by, today (well, actually, this year's nonexistent Feb 29) is the birthday of one of my sisters. I sent her an image of one of your flower paintings since she 'knows' you via your comments at my blog. She thanks you for the beautiful bright celebrational bouquet!

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    1. Dotty- that is so nice of you to use one of my paintings as a birthday greeting. Thank you! And for all the nice compliments!

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  4. What a hoot! I guess if the subject is not the right fit you have to find one that fits. Good Dog is a super piece and the story makes it even better. Your students certainly seem to be grasping your concepts - their pieces are great.

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    1. Thanks, Val! They are just awesome....that's all I can say about it!

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