New year, new paints, new paintings, new process

newpaints.jpgOh boy — new professional-grade paints arrived yesterday from Blick: Gamblin* oil colors in my basic palette! (And a free sample tube of Titanium White Alkyd!) Compositions and canvases were all ready… and today I started two new paintings: Winter Solstice, 30 x 24 in., and Watcher 1, 36 x 24 in. Both are still in underpainting stages (one simply tinted). I’m continuing to use Blick* student-grade oil colors for tinting, but I’ve added a couple of new pieces to my process: first, I’m giving up acrylics for tinting oil canvases: the colors just aren’t as translucent or luminous as oils. Second, I’m very roughly brushing in the painting subject in the tint — before gridding — as a first stage of the underpainting. I’ll correct the drawing in the values phase (as I have in Winter Solstice).

For several years now I’ve published albums of “progressives” — photos of and comments on my new paintings as they progress through various stages — on my “Artist/Designer” page on Facebook. But this year I’m going to try tracking that progress here on my blog, instead, in the form of galleries. My only puzzlement is how to let my blog followers know when a new photo has been posted in an established gallery. Hmmm. If you have a suggestion, please let me know!

*Neither Gamblin nor Blick Art Supplies has paid me for these endorsements. I just like them.

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Intro to Oil Painging

Introduction to Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake

Mondays, July 28 – August 25, 1 – 4:00 pm

$15 for five 3-hour sessions

Learn the basics of oil painting in a fun and casual setting with artist Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, exploring composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve been puzzled by books on painting, this is an ideal time and place to ask questions. If you’ve always wanted to paint with oils, now is the time! Please bring a work apron and/or wear older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, July 28 – August 25, 1 – 4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 10 students per class.  A one-time $15 fee is required to cover supplies, which are provided.  To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 797-4816 for more information, or contact me.

I’m so looking forward to teaching this class!