On Being Influenced by Bonnard

 

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Flowers from Patric and Mary May 2016  acrylic on canvas 18″x24″

Tuesday a friend and I went to the Pierre Bonnard exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Bonnard’s paintings are full of  the warm colors and light one sees in Southern France. After seeing the exhibit, I had a wonderfully fun week painting my interpretation of a special bouquet from Bloomers Florest.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

I’ve been beta testing a new art app – Pikazo

And what to do now?????? Just saw what you are seeing and the color is way off. Delete post? Leave it up and  try to correct it? Pikazo knows how to do it right, but man, I can sure mess up it up. So I tried correcting my mistakes but the color is still not like my painitngs. You know what? Go to Pikazo and you’ll see the true color of these things. If I want to post on the internet any of my art work, I’d better try using white paint on a black piece of paper. Maybe that will work for me.

 

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Karl Stiefvater, the app’s St. Louis-based inventor and his business partner, Noah Rosenberg asked a group of friends to beta test a new app. Lisa, wife and behind the scenes worker bee invited me to join the secret group. We weren’t given much instruction – just jump in and see what the app can do.  This app is amazing. I started out with a picture of one of my self portraits, then paired it with the style of a preset artist. I tapped the paint ! button and waited and soon Pikazo sent me a  painting based on the information from my two choices. But there is more! Under style there is a custom button. You can put in your own image, any kind of image from your photos or the internet. I put in one of my paintings. You are not limited to selfies in picture. Try anything, Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s the fun of it. The app eggs you on to make just one more picture. The results are fantastic. Go over to the Apple app store and pick it up. It’s really fun.drawing glasses

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Pikazo’s painting using my sketch and my abstract painting

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The possibilities are endless.

(ahh this is better color)

Painting and Drawing in Italy

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Our group was made up of five students and one teacher, Eva Bovenzi. John, Eva’s husband came too. We met 40 miles outside of Venice, in Vittorio Veneto, Treviso. We stayed at Palazzo Galletti. Built in the 14th century, the little palazzo was on a quiet cobblestone street in Serravalle, the ancient part of town. We worked for 8 days in Alma Ortolan’s downstairs studio. Besides restoring frescoes, she gives her own workshops in fresco technique. After breakfast, our group would meet for an image presentation. Then, we went off in different directions to sketch. After lunch we worked in the studio, which was followed by a critique and dinner. My small suitcase on rollers, was filled with art supplies. I packed two 12” x 16” boards which were used as support for presized canvas that  wrapped around the board and was tacked with artist’s tape. I took sketchpads, drawing materials, tubes of acrylic paint, brushes, a palette, rags, water container and a backpack to carry my art supplies when I went out sketching. Completed rolled paintings fit diagonally into my suitcase when it was time to pack and go home.

Del Carmine Madonna

Taking watersoluble crayons and sketchpads, Arina and I walked through the quiet old town to sit in Chiesa di S. Giovanni Battista. Choosing the statue of Madonna del Carmine I sketched for more than an hour while listening to my friend happily humming as she sketched sunlight touching a column.

Woods Serravalle

 

dog ItalyThe next morning, I walked up behind the houses into the trees. While I was sitting on the ground sketching, one of the locals walked into my view. Stooping down he filled his straw basket with raw walnuts. His black and white dog kept running up to me bringing me a stick to throw. Thinking of Cezanne and loving the background color coming from behind the tree I walked back to the studio.

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After a few well-intentioned strokes my new painting took on a mind of it’s own.

Destroy a Flower and Draw!

Four Dahlias

Dahlias from Fran (click on image to enlarge)

You don’t need any art supplies to draw. Go on. Try it. smear a little more coffee on that coffee ring stain.  Take your pen and add a few strokes. Coffee is such a beautiful color. It smells good too.

When I was in Egypt I was sketching  and dipped a stick into a small bottle of  brown ink that I had in my backpack.  I got back to the hotel and noticed my sketch book smelled strange. I had mistaken a bottle of Echinacea for walnut ink and made a drawing with it. I brought the herbal remedy along to  boost my immune system and reduce the severity or length of a cold.

The herbal drawing of the Temple of Luxor has kept it’s color. It’s kept its  smell, too!

Dip your finger in that glass of red wine, pat it on a piece of paper. Any curry powder around?

Dahlias

 

How Do I Paint a Tree ? Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

 

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We stopped on the way for In-N-Out Burgers

Fries and orders of strawberry milkshakes

Manmade shapes turned into nature’s biomorphic forms

As we climbed to a little under 7,000 feet

 

We baked french bread at this elevation

And didn’t make adjustments to the recipe

 

Straightening our limbs we step out of the car

First, just quickly go look at the pond!

Oh, look at the quivering yellow leaves on the Aspen tree!

 

Down by the creek’s edge, I look up

Past cottonwood trees at the water’s edge

I see a little fir Christmas tree tucked in

Between the tall green Jeffrey pines.