just working away….and learning…..and stuff

This last period has been a bit of a learning curve for me. I started by painting some scenes from venice because I love the colours and I wanted to paint a bit more loosely and not feel I had to put in every detail. Its not very easy at all to do that and I was a reasonable failure . I have been so admiring painters such as Kelly Medford and Haidee jo summers who both paint from life and wishing I could be more confident and less twiddly ( artistic jargon).

But I think I discovered- at least for the time being that I prefer to paint from photos (preferably which I take myself so that I know what I want to express.)

I spent ages- or it seemed like it on 4 paintings of venice – vaguely loosely painted and there are bits I like in them all but….. they are not what I had hoped for. I then dashed off 6 paintings of Dirupo (my part of town) which I am  much happier with. I am assuming that I learned something while struggling with Venice…….

Will post all of the above. I am also noticing the problems with angles and photos. If you notice the vertical Venice scene- the canvas is actually rectangular but not in the photo.So  has been an interesting time.

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roofs in Dirupo.
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view of my artists retreat
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this is after the “the white beauty painters” had been at work.
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another corner in dirupo
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a street in dirupo
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a little corner in dirupo
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my first painting on glass. great fun to do.
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first time I ever painted gondolas. I particularly like the yellow reflection on the water
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I like the colours and angles in this
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I am most pleased with the reflections on the water
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this has great sentimental value to me
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this was fun to make using picasa. I liked the combination of black and white and the colour photos.

I am also posting the poster which I designed for the joint exhibition happening this weekend. I am very pleased with it. More about the exhibition next time.

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