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Daily Oil Paintings of Kathryn Townsend. The paintings posted on this blog are a journal of process. Daily practice, exploration and experimentation are the life blood of the artist's way.
“A man learns to skate by staggering around making a fool of
himself: indeed he progresses in all things by making a fool of
himself.” --George Bernard Shaw
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Sometimes I like to do a painting fast and leave it a little rough because there is the tendency to refine a painting too much, especially a portrait, and the original feeling is lost. I almost went too far with this painting, but slapped my hand before I did too much.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sometimes I purposefully paint fast, leaving off before I over-refine and lose the immediacy of a painting. Other times, I work it again and again, scraping and repainting over two or three days. This was such a painting. I hope I learned something that I remember from the exercise!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
You can probably tell that I'm not trying to paint perfect roses. What I'm trying to do is interpret the roses in order to work out cool and warm temperatures and darks and lights. There is always something to study with these paintings.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
I was told by someone I trust that I use too much white, so I am experimenting with more saturated color and using lighter colors to modify rather than using so much white to lighten. I think it will take a lot of experimenting to change this habit, and to find the balance of beautiful cool and warm grays.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I like to use 4-ply all cotton museum board for outdoor painting trips because it is thin and lightweight. I first learned about using museum board for painting from Bill Reese, my first outdoor painting instructor. I highly recommend Bill's books on painting.