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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
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The thing I like about this painting is that there was not any angst in painting it--just big brush strokes. It is strange how in experimenting it is possible to circle around pushing on one area or another or maybe I should say sometimes beyond one area or another.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Plein Air Washington spent two days at the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the Nisqually River Delta in southern Puget Sound, "established in 1974 for the protection of migratory birds. Three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands, riparian, and mixed forest habitats provide resting and nesting areas for migratory waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds." The Nisqually River originates from the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier, a glacier I crossed when I first climbed the mountain many years ago up the Kautz route.
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Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
For the last few years I've been working with mostly smaller panels and I didn't think I could go back to the larger ones I painted 20 years ago. But I'm moving up! I'm actually taking old paintings and sanding them down and painting over them. There is something extremely satisfying about doing this. It is also March 21 and the sun came out today--the winter may not be completely over, but things are changing--the new rhodies we bought have buds and one is starting to bloom. If anyone around here wants to buy rhodies, I highly recommend Rogers Rhodoes. Paul Rogers has the nature of an artist--rather than miles of canvas, he has miles of rhodies and he can't seem to stop himself from acquiring ever new varieties. You have to see it for yourself. Be sure to wear boots.
Monday, March 19, 2012
This is a quick sketch, the kind I really like to do. Just do it and be done. I realized something this morning. When I go away on vacation and I post ahead, I can post any old thing. But when I am here, I stress about each painting--whether it is good enough to post. It is as though when I am on vacation, I'm not around to take the heat. Very strange, since it is all on the internet. Do any of you other painters encounter these baffling quirks of the mind?
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Maybe you have noticed that I am not posting paintings so often. I am giving myself time to work with larger canvases, to experiment more, to think about and rework some of the paintings and sometimes to throw them in the dust bin. I still paint almost every day, but I am just going about it a little differently.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The best motivator for me when painting is to think of each painting as an experiment. I was recently reading Dan McCaw's book and found the exact same advice. There is a wonderful interview with Dan on the Artist Helping Artists Network.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
When I first started painting regularly, I routinely painted 30 x 40 canvases. With plein air, the canvas size became so much smaller and for years I was happy with 8 x 10's and 10 x 12's. Now, at least some of the time, I am moving up in size, though 14 x 18 is not really that big. My thinking has to change with a bigger canvas and that is the challenge.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
This is a painting of my daughter. I have a portfolio of photographs and sometimes I do the same one over and over, maybe a year later than the first--different size, different background, different brushes, different altogether. Its sort of like painting the moods of Zangle Cove, but more psychological.