Four of my art students have been working on black and white self-portraits - to be glazed with colour when completed. This is a method called "Grisaille". I wanted to experiment with glazing before they did... so I tried out a little painting. Here it is in black and white before I glazed it:
Once this painting was dry (I used titanium white mixed with raw umber and ivory black), I glazed it with variations of cadmium yellow and cadmium red, a bit of raw umber (mixing the paint with a painting medium), and scumbled in a bit of white over the highlighted areas.
I may glaze over even more colour yet. I am excited to experiment more with this method in the future! The benefit of painting with this method is that the correct value (light to dark) is established before the colour is added.
The new studio construction is under way! Jeff Neuman and crew are finished with the framing. Now my husband will work on the drywall, flooring, lighting etc. as he has free time between farming. After sharing my studio space with the girls in a crowded room, I am beyond thrilled to know that (hopefully) by Fall I will be able to work in my own space ....
For two years now I have been teaching art lessons privately and in small groups - my youngest student is in Grade 5, and my oldest student is in her 40's.
I find it exciting to watch children, teenagers, and adults alike learn to draw, paint, create etc. in a way that expresses their thoughts. It's interesting seeing each student's personal unique style develop over time. We learn a lot together while having fun!
With newfound motivation this last month I have been finally resurrecting my flower gardens. This is what I began with:
And this is where it is at now:
Working in this garden has helped me understand further how important, valuable and enjoyable the process is. This is the same with working on any piece of art. There is always the element of change, re-working shapes, colours, and details. Instead of feeling frustrated or impatient with the process, this stage can be accepted and even embraced as a time to learn, grow, and experiment.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.