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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
Friday, September 24, 2010
Of all the portraits I did last week, this one I struggled with the most. It made me realize that having a clear idea of the contrasts in the painting when I start is key. When the contrasts, whether value or color or shape are not definite, then there is the tendency to keep re-doing it and sometimes it is impossible to get it right.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This Peruvian woman is a weaver in a small cooperative that my daughter and I visited on a travel tour. Being a person who has collected carpets and weavings for many years now, it is hard for me to resist the beauty of the color combinations and the fabrics of the products that these women made. I came home with a beautiful wool poncho of many colored stripes.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
This was one of the strictly 30 minute paintings I did on the first day of my portrait week. Doing timed exercises like this is a sure fire way for me to get out of the painting doldrums. Everything is limited to the essentials.