Working with Atmospherics


working with atmospherics Working with Atmospherics

Working with Atmospherics Notes

I’ve always been so fond of working with atmospherics in painting.  It takes some time to do that effect successfully, creating atmosphere and depth in paintings. I practice it all the time. In fact, it wasn’t until I learned to handle that technique in acrylics, that I felt my acrylic work was valid. I study atmospherics as I walk along my Deer Woods nature trail early in the day. I think good atmospheric work makes a painting special. Knowing when to do hard edge work and lost edgework is so important to create distance. Color temperatures change with atmospherics, along with using land color in the sky and sky color in the land.

Working with Atmospherics

Learning to soften edge work and create atmosphere with acrylics made all of the difference. I have always hated the hard, illustrative, plastic look to many acrylic paintings. It took me a long time to overcome that problem in my own work. Surprisingly, I borrowed techniques that I had taught myself with oils to learn to do the same with acrylics.

Working with Atmospherics

Rustic Wood Paintings

I have always felt that using two different mediums has helped me greatly to learn technique. My goal all along has been to make my work almost seamless between oils and acrylics. What happened unexpectedly, is that my acrylics are technically more successful than my oils at this stage of my career. I can’t tell when it happened exactly, but it has. At one time people always knew which were my oils and which were acrylics. That is no longer the case. Most of my patrons prefer the acrylics now, not realizing or caring that they are not oils. Who knew?????

Working with Atmospherics

Linda’s Bird Art

Being onsite is the key for me, not painting, but observing distance and how fore, middle, and back ground spaces relate to each other in the landscape. There are subtle changes that are evident in onsite observation. I like to mull them over as I walk along the trail.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Peach Salsa

6 peaches cored, peeled and diced

1/2 cup white wine

2 T honey

1 T ground horseradish

1 teaspoon chopped mint

Cook peaches with horseradish wine and honey until tender. Top with fresh mint, serve with chips.

 

Compromise Mindset

compromise mindset

Compromise Mindset

Compromise Mindset Notes

To compromise mindset for me is quite difficult. I have a type A personality, always very busy and have my own set of high standards. I am a devote of Seth Godin. Recently, I read one of his posts and the follow quote was profound to me “Absolutism is a form of hiding. Perfect is the enemy of good.” How guilty of that I have been in my career. I really had to save that quote to refer back to as a lesson in humility.

Landscape Paintings

Compromise Mindset

I have been the captain of my own art ship for a long time now. One of my dealers said to me one day,” Linda, you are the only artist I know who answers to no one but the tax man and God.” He was right. My daughters are grown with their own abodes. I have to answer to no human really. I am my own boss, but Seth makes me wonder if I am a good one?

Compromise Mindset

I have over the last four or five years, distancing myself from situations like art openings and paint outs where compromise of one’s desires and standards are inevitable. I have let go of most formal galleries, art organizations, and any and all programs where compromise is necessary for the good of the group.

 

Compromise Mindset

Linda’s Bird Paintings

Recently I have become involved in a committee to work for a foundation I am thoroughly committed to. It has been quite difficult for me to compromise on some of the issues for the event, but I am trying. I have thrown myself into the areas where I can do some good, trying to distance myself from parts that I disagree with entirely. I suspect that this has been good for me, to have to play with others in this sandbox.

Compromise Mindset

I find that I have no difficulty at all working with  my friends an collectors. It seems to be the art community that is difficult for me. I suspect that too many years of my career were spent in stressful situations in art festivals, gallery openings, and paint outs. I stayed too long at the fair if you will. I have some form of PTSD due to memories of these events. Too many big egos from that period of my life, unfortunately, including my own.

Compromise Mindset

I’m happy as a loner, but I do feel that it is important to get out of my cave occasionally to try to compromise with others for important work behind the scenes to make the world a better place. I am frequently going to refer back to Seth Godin’s quote to keep my “my way or the highway” attitude tamped down. I am ever hoping to make myself a better, kinder person. It takes tremendous effort but hope springs eternal.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Corn Salad

4 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
3 limes, for juice
Cooking spray
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle-garlic seasoning, divided
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup pre-sliced green onions
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat grill (or grill pan). Remove husks and silks from corn.
Chop cilantro (1/4 cup) and red onion (1/3 cup); squeeze limes for juice (3 tablespoons).

Coat corn with spray and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning. Place corn on grill; cook 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Move corn over indirect heat and cook 5–6 more minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from grill and let stand to cool.
Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, and remaining 1 teaspoon seasoning in medium bowl. Slice corn kernels off cobs into mayonnaise mixture, scraping cobs with back of knife to release remaining juices. Add red onions, green onions, cilantro, and feta; toss until coated evenly. Chill until ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

Styles Repeat

styles repeat

Styles Repeat

Styles Repeat Notes

In my long journey as a painter I have observed that styles repeat themselves, not just in fashion, but in art too.

Back in the 70’s when I was in art school the rage was to present paintings with drips and areas unfinished. I have noticed a fair number of those lately. There was a lot of airbrush work being done with abstracts too at that time so I expect that will resurface too at some point. As the saying goes, there is nothing new really, just repeats and reworks of former styles and explorations over the centuries.

Linda’s Drawings

Styles Repeat

I don’t really see a problem with these repetitions unless you happen to be on the tail end of the trend. That is the problem with trying to be in the cool crowd, either in fashion or art.  By the time a painter realizes that this is the “new” style of painting, it is no longer new. I know emerging painters who change their style like underwear. Each new workshop they attend makes them want to paint like the teacher, literally. They scour the internet to see the latest from well known painters and latch on for the ride. This copy, repeat style of painting goes on endlessly and has for a long time. This happens to me and many other professional painters who sell our work online. I will begin to paint a subject and format size, putting them on  social media, and within a week I will see the same subject and format repeated by others. I recently put my rustic paintings on rough wood in a gallery show. A few of them sold. In the next show at the same gallery, others had added their paintings on rustic wood, duplicating mine.

Styles Repeat

When you put your work out into the public on social media and galleries, you will have almost immediate style repeaters for your ideas. It happens all the time. All you can do is to be yourself and continue to grow and evolve in a natural way. You can either be an innovator without fear of being different, or you can be a trend follower, who hangs on, hoping to catch part of the trend before it is over.

Styles Repeat

When I was a paint out artist, the trends were painfully evident. Those artists who painted out of subjects that were popular, who used different palettes, whose styles were too refined or detailed, were shunned by the trendy at any given time.  I would walk around the wet room and see painting after painting with almost identical palettes and styles, because that was, or is popular with plein air gurus. Without signatures they would have been indiscernible.

Styles Repeat

Linda’s Bird Art

I think trying to be a trendy artist must take a huge amount of energy. I don’t think I could keep up with being cool. In many ways, I consider myself to be so lucky to be just a country painter. I live in the woods. I have an ancient house trailer but a wonderful studio. I rarely go anywhere unless it is to the nearby town or a couple of residencies a year. I don’t have cool clothes, or a cool car. I do have the best art supplies money can buy. I have a great life as an untrendy, unstylish painter.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:
I haven’t tried this one yet but it looks so good I can’t wait to.
SHRIMP & CRAB  BITES From the Land O Lakes Newsletter
A hash brown crust adds a new twist to these savory seafood morsels.
Preparation time: 10 min Baking time: 30 min
Yield: 16 servings
Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups refrigerated hash brown potatoes
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
Filling Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) container chive and onion flavored cream cheese
4 ounces (1 cup) LAND O LAKES® Swiss Cheese, shredded
1 (6-ounce) can crab meat, drained, cartilage removed, flaked
1 (4-ounce) package frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed, drained
1 egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnish Ingredients:
Italian parsley leaves, if desired
Salad shrimp, if desired
Heat oven to 425°F. Combine all crust ingredients in small bowl. Press into bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients except 1/4 cup cheese in medium bowl; mix well. Spread mixture over hot, partially baked potato layer. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese mixture is set. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Garnish each piece with parsley and shrimp, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Semi Abstracts

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Semi Abstracts

Semi Abstracts Notes

I have been thinking about using markers for under drawing with semi abstracts. I rarely draw anything on my panels or canvas because I like to think in large shapes and masses rather than linear when I paint. I save drawing for pencil and paper and consider them to be two different approaches. Drawing is the skeleton of all good art as far as I am concerned and it is vitally important in learning all art skills, however, I don’t see painting and drawing in the same way.

Semi Abstracts

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I like to view painting as a puzzle with flat shapes,colors and values which are plugged into the painting as I process through it. Once the shapes are placed on the canvas, I begin to cut those up into smaller shapes of value and color, and then smaller until shapes become objects and so forth. That’s why I believe that the elements of design are so important to good painting. I like to think that all painting is abstract in it’s beginning, then refined to a stage of comfort for the artist. That can be minimal, refined to photo realism, or to someplace in between as my work is.

Semi Abstracts

I tried the markers last night. I used Chartpak brand, my favorite markers. Basically I did a crude rendition of the proposed painting and then proceeded in my usual method. It occurred to me that this might be handy to do location block ins in a hurry and bring them home for studio work. They were easily covered by  paints. I have heard that Black Sharpie pens bleed through. The chartpak was great!! There doesn’t seem to be an advantage for studio work unless you feel the need to draw in your composition.

Semi Abstracts

Birds and Nests Art

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the notan process and how well it lends itself to a more minimalist abstract form of painting. I have it in my mind to do a series of abstract landscapes in acrylics to try this out. Sort of a beginning to my regular approach, where I stop after the block in stage, but I use heavier paint application and brushwork, so it has a finished quality. I really don’t know that anyone would want these paintings but I do know that abstract, contemporary work is very popular. I want to try this just for the curiosity of it, but also, because I believe it will be a good learning process for my  notan and design element studies.The thing I like about notan is the versatility of the process, from basic and primitive to highly refined, it works!!! I don’t have any interest in pure abstract painting, but I do like semi abstracts, with recognizable subjects.  I m going to start this series and will show you my progress. Essentially, it will be colorful semi abstract. The other day, another artist mentioned that my landscapes have an abstract quality to them. I was unaware of this and it gave the the idea of exploring the color Notan a little more thoroughly.

Semi Abstracts

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:

This is my basic Pate Choux Recipe It is the dough for cream puffs and ‘eclairs

1 cup cold water
1 stick butter cut in slices
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs

Heat butter/salt/water in a good medium sauce pan to boil and remove from heat. Add the flour and beat until smooth, beat in eggs one at a time until smooth. The dough will come away from the sides of the pan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Use baking sheets covered with parchment or greased and floured. Us a pastry tube to make either strips of pastry for ‘Eclairs or little round shapes for cream puffs. You can use fork tine to create ridges in the dough which will make them crispier and you can wash them with egg for a glaze if desired.

Bake until puffed and golden 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 and 5 minutes longer.