This spot in Maine is one of my favorite to paint. There is something about the light and color that refracts in the water in this spot. Changes is seconds and unexpected. The future will hold a really large painting as there was this really neat green color appearing in the water this day which I could not, in all honesty, figure out how it was occurring and I am really challenged to see if I can paint it in a large studio piece.
I am doing a demo Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 at the Dedham Art Center. It will be a pastel demo. 7pm-9pm- details at Dedham Art Assoc. Hope to see you there.
PS. Most of these paintings will be available on my Etsy Site soon. Details posted soon.
I was playing with some canvas paper I had in my flat file. I found I didn't really like the paper for painting with oils. So I was trying out how the pastel may work on it. It wasn't too bad, although a little slick. I had toned it a gray color. Overall I probably won't use it again, but you never know what results you may have unless you experiment.
"Save The Monarch's Habitat" 7.5X15.5 Pastel with underpainting by MFBruno
The is my first painting in a 30 in 30 painting challenge sponsored by artist Leslie Saeta. It is also the GJWP monthly challenge- "Save". Now an explanation of the painting. The monarch butterfly population has decreased 90% over 20 years and their loss of habitat from herbicides, like Monsanto's Roundup, is a major factor. Learn how you can help at the Sierra Club.
The “Girls Just Wanna Paint” Challenge this month was The Golden Ratio or The Golden Means.
Here is a somewhat easy description of The Golden Ratio. Historically it is believed that many artists, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo employed the Golden Ratio in their compositions.
I often wonder how many artists intuitively use the practice without realizing it. I often purposely use a simpler form, the rule of thirds, when designing my compositions. And out of curiosity, I did look at some of my past paintings to see if they fell within the rules and was surprised at how many did or came close.
Although I didn’t think I would enjoy this challenge, it was good practice to plot out my composition to the max. And it ended up being fun. I have to admit, I did not use a ruler to take exact mathematical measurements.
Above is one Golden Ratio template. Also, if you look at the wine glass and bottle of wine, the liquids within are in approximate thirds and the smallest book is tipped at a height down from the tallest book in approximately 1/3.
When Plein Air painting, at the end of the session because I keep all my brushes in one holder in my backpack, I sometimes cannot recall which are the clean and which are the dirty brushes since they have become mixed up. I know I end up cleaning brushes that are actually clean. I have tried taking the dirty brushes and putting them in the tube of my paper towels for the ride home, but they sometimes become loose and the hairs of the brush can end up bent.
This prompted me to make a simple, very inexpensive, lightweight carrier that fits in my backpack to place the dirty brushes. I bought all the materials at Lowes.
They also make a 12" Tube kit, but I like the longer size as some of my larger bigger brushes are long handled.
(the kit comes with washers, but I did not use them)
2) Rubber Packing Sheet - $1.99 (Also found in plumbing aisle)
3) Glue - I used Gorilla Glue, but you can use any glue that works on plastic and rubber. If you don't have it on hand, get the tiniest bottle you can.
Step 1 - I am creating a top and bottom solid cap with the "Nuts". (There are no solid caps that I could find in the plumbing section that go over the ends of the tubing and this makes sense as in plumbing they want open ends for water to flow.) I used a sharpie and the Extension Tube Nut to make a guide to cut the rubber sheet. I added about 3/16" outside of the guide all around so the rubber goes to the edge of the the inside of the nut. Scissors easily cut through the rubber and there is plenty of left over. (If you happen to own a compass that has an exacto-knife attachment, you can use it to easily make your circle cut on the rubber to the exact size of the inside of the nut.)
Step 2 - Using the Gorilla Glue, I placed a few dabs within the edge of the nut and then pushed the rubber circle down tight. The rubber circle does stay in tight without the glue, but placing the glue insures it won't fall out when on location. Make sure you do this step on newspaper as Gorilla Glue does stain. Let caps sit and allow glue to harden for around 2 hours before screwing on the top and bottom caps you created so any residual glue won't inadvertently glue your tube shut and not allow you to unscrew your caps. Once dry, easily place your new caps on the end of the tubes. I used a marker after and place a T on the top of one end, so I know which side to keep up when placing in my backpack so hairs of the brush do not end up getting bent. I like the rubber ends as there is some give when the carrier is in my backpack
Final Lightweight Inexpensive Slim Wet Brush Carrier