I will qualify this post by admitting that i don’t always do notan studies for my painting. Sometimes I do a notan wash on my board and paint right over it. Sometime the picture i want to paint is more about color than value (rarely) and there is not real notan, as in I define the […]
Some people are natural explorers, and like traveling without a map. While I enjoy an occasional mapless excursion, if I take too many, I tend to start feeling lost, aimless, and anxious. Here is a little exercise to help you develop your own custom artist map. It isn’t a rigid map and is very open for adjustment, new discoveries and growth. Give it a try! Writing all this out will help you understand clarify why you create, and which direction to go.
You won’t be able to do a wipe=out technique with turps or OMS on these boards without priming. Still the the advantage of the quick dry and being so lightweight, and inexpensive make this a excellent substrate for plein air sketches and studies.
For color block studies, I like to use the most saturated versatile pigments I can lay my knife on.
Open your eyes to the color of light
Learn to use a limited oil color palette
Prepare your tools for plein air painting
Train your mind to see accurately
Free your soul to express what you see
After being highly highly valued for centuries, color became forbidden fruit,.associated with loose reasoning, slack morals, and unrestrained living. In this extreme climate, reason, conformity, and moral rectitude ruled. Color, like emotion, was to be managed, controlled, and subdued.”
Getting clean, beautiful colour seems to be a common challenge for the oil painter. I promise the solution is quite simple. Ready? Make sure your palette is clean! Oh, and make sure your using the right colours—and plenty of them! If your mixing pools start to deaden from over-mixing, scrape them off! Who wants to […]
How fun! A fellow blogger, portrait artist, and wetcanvas.com member, Alison Schuchs, has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is a blogger award for creativity and positivity. I’m really flattered that Alison thought of me, obviously she has excellent taste. Wow, this is a lot of work though, hopefully well worth it. […]
Detail from oil portrait of Roy, by Talya Johnson I’ve discovered a new love! In general, I consider myself an art supply junky, and have tried many different mediums, brands, and artist gadgets in my pursuit of excellence. In general, though, I find that good paintings come from good painters, regardless of the medium or […]
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I really enjoyed working with everyone at the Color Relations class this last Saturday. I hope everyone is starting to see color even during this drab season! Many of you asked about how I set up my palette and exactly which colors and pigments I use. I will start with my bare-bones, limited palette. While I […]
I suppose that to many, my loose and often colorful style would lead viewers to believe that my paintings are completely spontaneous; with colors randomly chosen from a wide array of paint straight out of the tube. And if that is the ease which I convey, I am quite happy, since it is an illusion […]
Saturday, April 11, 10am to 2 pm at the Palmer Museum Tuition is $50 for members ($55 nonmembers) • Beginning-advance artists & students welcome Ages 12 years old and up Call early to reserve your spot! Call 746-7668 Local artist Talya Johnson will be guiding participants in color exploration through this hands-on workshop. The […]
There are times that instead of posting my paintings on this blog (or in addition to) that I will post them on wetcanvas.com. Wetcanvas is such a fantastic way for me to connect with and learn from other artists. I often get too close to my paintings (especially the portraits) to be able to see […]
Where would I be without the support of those who have responded to my art? Granted, to my parents, husband and children, I will always be, “the best artist ever.” But there have been others, just a few, who had nothing to gain from their encouragement, that have given me the motivation to “come out […]