Copyright J.Bellinger 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Copyright J.Bellinger 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Here's a little portrait of a Rag Doll cat commissioned by a friend. She is one year old and a very quiet and sweet little thing! She posed perfectly for the camera. I liked this full face view because of her beautiful blue eyes. I couldn't stand the thought of only painting one eye (profile) or partial in a 3/4 view.
The third day of our workshop we headed north for a spectacular view of the Boulder Mountains. I like to paint this view in different seasons. You can drive almost to the huge patches of trees on the face of the mountain (which I have done in the fall). They are aspen trees and are often orange, not yellow. Our open sage hills usually have a sprinkling of confir trees and red rock outcroppings. This area of Idaho is a high mountain desert..sage on the south facing slopes, conifers on the north sides. Tall cottonwoods grown along streams and rivers, as do willows and alder.
Available $625 framed
Monday, July 12, 2010
Hay Bales I is the second in a series that I began last fall. The painting "Barley Fields" in the previous post was the first and I will be posting the third in a few days. I've been "off my blog" for a few months and have missed the interaction. We were doing a remodel on our bath, gutted it, so it took way more than the 3 weeks I had in my mind. Just finished up a three day art festival here in Sun Valley, which was very successful even with the thunder storms on Saturday...I got drenched but my paintings stayed dry!
Allison Stanfield is having a great sale on her audio tapes, soon to be discontinued. You might want to check them out and see if there are some you want to add to your art marketing library. I find listening to tapes over and over helpful. I only retain so much from one listening and will generally learn more with each. Plus, I enjoy loaning out my tapes and art books to students and artist friends.
Art tip # 23 Keep a record of what books, videos, tapes, etc. you loan out (date of loan, return date, name and telephone of loan-ee). I currently have one book to track down. I was mentoring a high school senior project two years ago and loaned a book...didn't record it and just recently went to read the book..not there! Now to remember the students name, etc. ..practice what I preach!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
I kept forgetting to post this little painting completed last summer. It is one of the series, including the baby shoes, that I did with the objects laying on plate glass with black paper underneath. I love the design possibilities with the reflections.
Art Tip #23: When setting up/arranging a still life take your time. Play with many different arrangements. You are in total control of the composition. Composition first, then value and then color.
Walk around your home looking for objects to paint. See what inspires you. Tell a story with those objects you choose. Get the lighting right..take time seeing how the light falls on the set up objects. Look through a view finder to crop out background. I use a box with two sides and a top to isolate my set up and light from other areas of the room. I can line it with fabric, paper, etc. Look at how different colored backgrounds reflect on the objects (use a small cardboard with hole punched in it. I call this a color isolator. It allows you to "see" actual colors which are influenced by direct light, reflected light/color from other objects, background, etc.
Painting from life will improve your skills and develop your eye.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Art Tip 22#: Use the largest brush you can to get the job done. This will help you stay "loose" with your brushstrokes. For tiny paintings, 6x6, 6x8, 5x7 I try to use #6 or #4 bright for the whole painting.
Use all edges, sides, tip, corners of the brush. Put the stroke down and leave it. Try to hold back any blending til the end..you may not need any blending. The action of laying one color over or next to another can result in all the blending needed. Don't forget to get back from your painting..the eye can do the blending. Result: a fresher more painterly feeling.