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Loose and Tight

Posted by Gayle Levee, 04 February 2011 · 351 views

According to Urban Dictionary, "tight" is good. But in painting, it's bad! As you work your way toward completion of a painting, make sure not to lose sight of your original theme just to make the painting more detailed. Also, plan ahead so that you are not fiddling with the painting and trying to solve problems like color, drawing and...

Depth and Foreground

Posted by Gayle Levee, 01 February 2011 · 683 views

Part of what I like about painting realistically is getting the illusion of depth. The canvas is completely flat -- it's called the "picture plane" -- but we are trying to make it look like we could reach right in and touch something. This session, the red onion and vase in front of the tropical fruit makes it look like there is a world inside...

Drawing Through

Posted by Gayle Levee, 01 February 2011 · 216 views

You remember the lesson about drawing through? Well it's hard to make yourself do it, because it looks like such a mess, but it will really help make your picture look realistic. Here is mine with the pitcher and onion "drawn through."
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Dynamic Edges

Posted by Gayle Levee, 30 January 2011 · 281 views

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Whenever I used to hear about Dynamic Edges, I got an image of some sort of superhero battling a razor blade. "Watch your edges." "Be careful of your edges." Those sorts of admonitions meant nothing to me, and I was too embarrassed to ask what an edge was....

Oh No, What Have I Done?

Posted by Gayle Levee, 29 January 2011 · 306 views

After two days of teaching, I'm ready to get back to the easel! Last session was fun: I had solved my problems of composition and theme, and quickly got the basic idea onto the canvas.
Now it's time for the weird part: the "structured drawing" and "painting...

Composition and Theme

Posted by Gayle Levee, 25 January 2011 · 420 views

The light this morning is soft and cool. It strikes an assortment of large leaves I had collected last fall. I pick one of them up; it's perforated. The holes are the same size as those in the ceramic.

These are not tropical leaves. These are large, exotic-looking but deciduous. They have dried into tattered, windblown, dramatic shapes.

Hm. Fixing...

Birthing Pains

Posted by Gayle Levee, 25 January 2011 · 244 views

I got to my studio today to find that a fire had broken out in the historic mansion where my plein-air painting group had planned to meet this weekend. The living quarters in the back of the house were damaged, but the rest of the place will be all right. Thank Heaven for that! The news stations made it sound like the place had burned to the ground....

Stretching Canvas to Music

Posted by Gayle Levee, 22 January 2011 · 302 views

Music and art seem to go together pretty well... as long as you've chosen the right music. I tend to get so wrapped up in whatever the musicians are doing, that my own project can take a left turn. This can work to my benefit if I'm painting a bright abstract and listening to Metallica.
I'm currently listening to a Pandora station which...

Where do babies come from?

Posted by Gayle Levee, 22 January 2011 · 257 views

Ok yeah I know where babies come from. But where do baby ideas come from? I've decided to document the inception and development of an idea, starting with something I really want to paint.

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I have these wonderful vases and pitcher -- that's a closeup of one of...

Waterfalls in February!

Posted by Gayle Levee, 18 January 2011 · 266 views

Waterfalls in February!
As if snow isn't enough to paint, now we crazy plein-air painters have decided to tackle a waterfall in February.

Seems we have access to this wonderful waterfall, but the nearest views are a bit of a hike from the parking area. And if you REALLY want to see something spectacular, pack your painting gear down a...

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