Posts Tagged Atlanta

10/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

When we first started painting in watercolor, we were afraid to use more pigment and less water because we had spent so much time working on our drawings. We were afraid we would mess them up. But using too much water gave us poor values. Are you still guilty today?

09/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

In watercolor, using too much water gives you weak values. You need to use more pigment and less water to get glowing, vibrant, lively values. For “WOW!” paintings, learn to control your water!

09/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

In “Richard III,” William Shakespeare wrote, “An honest tale speeds best being plainly told." In watercolor, the best paintings are those that tell their story as simply and as straight-forward as possible. Remember: (1) Less is more. (2) What you leave out of your painting can be as important as what you put in your painting.

08/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Hannah More, an English poet, playwright and philanthropist said, “Goals help you overcome short-term problems.” To overcome short-term problems in painting: (1) Draw thumbnail sketches. (2) Work out your color palette on w/c paper for this painting. Limit yourself to four or five primary colors.  (3) Save this limited palette for future reference with the names of the pigments written by the color swatch. (4) In your head, work out the mechanics of how you want to paint your selected subject matter. (5) Put you drawing on tracing paper. (6) Always save your tracings to use parts in future paintings. (7) Go for it! With these steps -- “Goals" -- you will succeed!

08/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

E.M. Foster, an English novelist, said, “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches nothing but the shape of the spoon.” From the beginner to the most advanced artist, in order to continue to learn and grow, you must always be challenged, always reaching just a little past your known abilities. If you stay where you are, never learning, never growing, all you end up knowing is “the shape of the spoon!”

07/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

When you paint just in your comfort zone—you are just that—comfortable. However, being in your comfort zone teaches you nothing! Learning and growing are painful! They lead to mistakes and failures. But you only learn from you mistakes and failures. That is when you grow! You learn nothing from your comfort zone.

07/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Reggie Jackson holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597. Was he a failure? NO! Reggie Jackson was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

06/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

The Successes Are the Failures Who Keep Trying!

06/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Do not be discouraged by your failures—They are your learning and growing experiences!

05/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

With your failures, you are not failing. You are growing!

05/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Even as a successful Artist, you will continue to have failures—Failures are the only way can you grow!

04/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

You became an Artist, not because of your successes, but, because of your failures!

04/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Do not ever throw away a painting that you have given up on. You may later learn something new and exciting that can resurrect that "Ole Dog" of a painting. Later, if no Epiphany, flip it over and paint on the back!

03/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.” -- Pablo Picasso

03/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Artists should always keep in mind that not only we are entertainers, but we are also educators. An example of us as mentors: If we paint a still life of a vase of flowers, they will NOT all face forward. We will show the front, the back, the sides and also their flaws. Nothing in nature is perfect. Nature is full of Variations!

02/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

There is a direct relationship between the effort you put into your art and the results you get from those efforts.

02/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Small pieces of bright unexpected color in a quiet landscape can pique the viewer's interest. But do not let them become the “Star of the Show."

01/15/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Every day is Ground Hog Day in my studio! I am so glad my Wednesday and Thursday Students have kept me busy. They e-mail me photos of their current projects for critiquing. This is a win-win situation for my students and also for me. It keeps us busy and our minds off COVID-19.

01/01/2021

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

You can’t be successful if you’ve not had any failures. In art, like life, we only learn from our failures.

12/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

The "HOW" is left up to you. You are the artist and you are in charge. "HOW" you put pigment to paper is your job. You are the creative artist. If you don’t paint that painting, no one else will. Your vision is within you and only you!

12/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"W.H.Y." — Creating and designing for myself! Why am I saying this? How do I say it? You are the artist; you are in charge. Do whatever is necessary to make your paintings work. Be it making changes of (1) composition, (2) value or (3) color of items within your reference, which may be your photo, still life or painting en plein air.

11/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"W.H.E.N." — Don’t forget…! What you have in mind at the beginning, may not be where you end up. How you apply the pigment is up to you. No "Busy Brush Work!" Engage yourself totally in your work. No painting is ever really finished. You just find a good place to stop!

11/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"W.H.E.R.E." — You need a map! Where to start? In my sketch book working out my problems there, NOT on my W/C paper. Help is there. You must watch your painting and be willing to change your mind. Every time you pick up a brush or a pencil, it is a learning experience. Repetition is the mother of learning. Experience is accomplished through trial and error.  

10/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"W.H.A.T." — Be complete. What can I do to make the subject matter more interesting? What is the Story? What is my painting about? How should I approach the subject matter? Always have your camera with you. There are paintings waiting everywhere. Keep your mind alert and your eyes open.

10/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Check your paintings "W.H.O." What is it about the subject matter that excites me? How can I put my stamp on it that would be different? Omitting unnecessary information is my first job!

09/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Learn about 1. composition, 2. value, and 3. color. Then because you are the artist and you are in charge, using your artistic license, be willing to change things in your reference to make the painting work. Be it 1. composition, 2. value or 3. color of items within your reference. Your reference may be your photo, a still life, or you painting en plein air.

09/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

To neutralize a color, glaze over it with its compliment. That would be the color straight across the color wheel.

08/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Remember that everything reflects everything around it. That is exactly why I do NOT wear orange.

08/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Shadow Problems? Shadows in your paintings may be warm or cool depending on the temperature of their surroundings. If it is a "hot day," your shadows should be cool. If it is a "cold day," your shadows should be warm. Shadow colors should be as interesting as the rest of your painting. Never just gray or purple. Even shadows have reflected colors in them.

07/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

From Christopher Schink:  “The process of applying various earthen, metal and synthetic dyes to a sheet of pressed wood or paper with fur hairs attached to a stick—is not a natural act.” gailism: Yes, becoming an artist is not a natural act. Becoming an artist is a process. A process that requires time, energy, hard work and desire. But what great rewards await us for our efforts!

07/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Decision time? Sometimes there are really difficult choices. Just make the best choice with what you have before you and move on.

06/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

You never know where your inspiration will come from! Keep your mind alert and your eyes open. And always have a camera with you. You never know...!

06/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Color photos of your references, when enlarged to 8½ by 11 and printed Grayscale on Glossy Photo Paper, make for great value studies.

05/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

There are no rules in art... just sharing learned experiences we have had and shared choices we have made along the way.

05/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

The escalator to success is out of order. You’ll have to take the stairs. Becoming an artist and staying an artist requires continuing hard work, taking one step at a time. But the rewards are so very worthwhile!

04/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

In art, we make good choices because of our good experiences. We make bad choices because of a lack of experiences. You make good choices by first having bad experiences.

04/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"A good teacher, like a good student, must keep learning. When I quit studying and learning, I will quit teaching."

03/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

No artist learns to paint. Artists are always learning to paint all their lives! Learning to paint is a continuing, ongoing lifetime journey. An artist never outgrows their need to learn.

03/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

From D.H. Lawrence: “The eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know.” gailism: The eyes don’t recognize what the mind hasn’t been taught to seek. To keep growing, you must keep seeking.

2/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Once you become fearless, Art becomes limitless.

2/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Every problem is an opportunity waiting to happen.

09/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Too much pigment and not enough water may make a "stickie" mix that will not flow.