Suddenly we’ve travelled directly from Thanksgiving to nearly February! My how the time does fly.
I certainly hope you’ve all recovered from a series of wonderful holiday festivities.
January has brought me more painting energy and I’m expanding into a new direction, too. I’ve begun to take classes with 3 wonderful teachers: Daniel Edmondson, Dennis Perrin and Bryan Mark Taylor.
Landscapes are very different from Still Life and Florals. I am hopeful that some concentrated practice will help me to improve. I’m liking that I’m able to be freer with my brushstrokes and color choices.
Here’s just one example. You can see more in the Paintings Gallery: https://Artbykarlene.com/paintings-gallery/
Fall Bartletts – Their color and shape struck my eyes this morning. So I got excited to paint them and quickly completed them in about 2 hours! Amazing…
It’s been a while since my last date with the easel. I’ve been busy preparing for my show next weekend.
This will be my first show in over 14 years so I’m stressing a bit, as you can imagine.
Making all the decisions: Which paintings to choose to include? Name and Sign on the back. Get them framed. How to price them? Type up a price list. Arrange for display space, table size, lattice background, Who to hang? Who to move paintings to table? Who to help me staff for two days? Place ad on Facebook. etc., etc.
It’s beginning to feel like I may be able to even rest a bit this week. With my MS I know that I need to do that!
Taking the two hours to paint these lovely Fall Bartletts today has been a soul restorative!
Absolutely necessary. Now I’ll post this and take a nap before dinner with friends.
Dennis Perrin encourages us to meditate prior to each session at the easel. As part of his classes he includes a special Artist Meditation to be done. I’m very quickly seeing why. Yesterday’s painting is making me a real believer!
Meditation on Oranges II
TM (Transcendental Meditation) has been my way
John and I began doing TM about 15 years ago. That is a special form. Basically it’s 20 minutes of silence done twice a day, morning and evening. I use special Mantra to settle my mind and follow the breathe.
Dennis’ is a guided combined with special music. It’s different but just as effective.
I awoke to listen to the Still Small Voice. It was so clear, calling me to meditation on my patio. It was one of those glorious early September days, the air was crisp and sky blue. As I settled images began to float by, some were colors without form, some forms with no colors. Simple compositions and so powerful.
Dennis Perrin – my latest teacher
For the last six months or so I’ve been looking at works by Dennis Perrin and really liking them. This weekend he held a Labor Day Sale and I just couldn’t resist. His style is still realistic, but it’s quite a bit looser than what I’ve been doing, This really appeals to me.
I bit the bullet, checked my budget, and decided I could not, not get it. I opened his site and listened to a few of the demonstration videos. Do you have days when you can’t wait to get back to the easel? If so, you’ll recognize my excitement.
Meditation in the Perrin Method
There’s one special part of his ‘Perrin Method’ that I find appealing: He recommends beginning each painting session by meditating. It seems like he’s also been a long-time meditator, as have I. My days routinely begin and end with 20 minutes in silence. Although I haven’t mentioned it very often on this blog, here’s one time that I did: Back to Painting. Recently I re-worked that painting : Finally I feel Better about this Painting.But let’s move on.
Here’s my first foray into this exploration. I’ll try to combine my learning of color from Paul Foxton with this new information. Instead of eating my breakfast oranges, I cut one opened and rushed to the easel. This is what emerged. I hope you enjoy it as much and I did painting it.
The vase is from a trip John and I made to attend a reunion of his high school in Verde Valley Arizona. While there we did a bit of sight seeing in Navajo Country. I spied this little gem in one of the trading posts.
I thought they looked just about perfect together. Do you agree?
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