Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Before the "Sneaux" Day Invasion of Children and the Spouse

"That Girl"
9" x 12'", Oil on Cradled Panel
Work in Progress
Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Yesterday, Monday, I actually spent most of my day painting. Here's "That Girl" again. The kids were back at school from a long weekend (bad weather event on Friday). Half way through my painting day I received the news they would be home on Tuesday for a "sneaux" day. What that means around here in south Louisiana is that the kids miss school and it's a hit or miss day on whether or not we receive the rare sneaux. Plus, the husband works from home so noise must be kept at the lower decibels. Fun.

So, yesterday I painted on knowing that the chances of having quiet uninterrupted painting time would be on hold until they go back to school.

So far - no sneaux.  I mean, nothing in sight. Barely any freezing rain. And, no, I haven't painted at all today. Instead, I've chosen to run on the treadmill (I'm a wimp - I don't run in weather below freezing), update my website (www.nancicharpentier.com), upload images (not good ones because I can't take the photos outside today), make a painting panel (mini heater in shed), and, of course, check Facebook repeatedly for photos of sneaux from anyone (no pics yet).

By the way, no school tomorrow either.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Draw it with Paint. And then Paint.

Here's what I'm working on today. Finally, I'm back in my groove. Took a little while even though I was back at my painting last week. Got through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and now we're at the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. The Mardi Gras Soiree was a blast on Saturday, in case you were wondering.

But now I'm back at it. And by "it" I mean painting. Still have a ways to go on this one but I'm liking my start. It's a study but I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

"That Girl"
Work in Progress
Oil on Cradled Panel
9" x 12"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014

"That Girl"
Work in Progress
Oil on Cradled Panel
9" x 12"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014

We had a new painter in our group today. She hasn't been painting for awhile and she admitted she was a little intimidated painting with people she didn't know. That's okay. We've all been there. I know people can be intimidated by my greatness.  It happens.  But enough about me. So, Jodi and I decided to go ahead and start the critiques today. Why wait until weeks have gone by?  Wasted time if that's what we do. One of her questions was how to get started - by drawing it out or drawing in the masses? Do it with paint or with pencil? (NOTE:  if you want to see what Jodi worked on today you can go to her website and see "Maggie".)

So, we gave her the ways we like to approach the initial stages of drawing/painting. Of course, Jodi and I had two different ways of going about it. So, I thought I'd share my process when working from a photo. This also works when painting from life.  I've uploaded two videos here for you to check out.  

There are other ways to do this.  The painting I am working on above, "That Girl", was done mostly by massing in and working from a general shape of the head and then working from the eyes out (Thank you, Rose Franzen).  Of course, since I worked from the eyes out, I did not account for the size of the image on this size board. Thank goodness it's only a study for a larger painting. Bleh!ENJOY!


video
Painting Progression
"Gardenias in the Garden District"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014

video
Painting Progression
"Process Photos"
Nanci Charpentier © 2014


Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Band is Back Together Again

Untitled,
8" x 8"
Oil on Cradled Panel
Now that the Christmas holidays and the New Year's holiday have passed, and the LSU bowl game is over and won, and Alabama lost the Sugar Bowl, plus, the Saints have won their first playoff game, I believe it's time to get back into the game myself.  The band got back together Friday. We chose Friday rather than Wednesday this past week sinceNew Year's Day fell on a Wednesday, as did Christmas, which interfered with our other Wednesday painting in the month of December and so we thought Friday would work better. And it did. And I hope that all made sense. But anyway, we didn't get to paint much in the month of December and were very ready to get back to it.

As for me, I tend to dedicate myself to the family and Christmas and preparations and all that beginning at Thanksgiving on through the New Year, so I rarely get into the studio in December. I follow a lot of different artists' blogs and painters on Facebook and Blogger, and I saw so many of them painting lots and lots during the holidays. I can't figure out how they have the time to do all of that. I'm exhausted at the end of the day after dealing with gifts, food, decorations, church, swim, scouts, visitations (of family, that is), etc. etc. Geez, how do they do it? Oh yeah, guess what, Mardi Gras season kicks off tomorrow.

Well, I was so glad the girls were all on the same page about getting back to painting. But, oh, the moaning and groaning in the room as we were painting. Clearly, I was not the only one not painting in December, even at home. Not too many happy painters in that room on Friday. We decided since we're wimps and couldn't handle painting outdoors in 30-something degree weather, we would provide one item for a still life arrangement and paint that. Most of us showed up with nothing. Jodi did show up with two fresh oranges and the rest of the items came from around Marylyn's kitchen. A slow start for us but it turned out fine even with us slackers.

Above is my painting from Friday. We dimmed the lights in the room and only had natural lighting plus one direct light on the still life arrangement. While I'm painting it's difficult to read if I have my colors and values as they should be. It's usually the next day before I'm able to determine if it "reads" right.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I tend to give my paintings names but this one, for now, is "Untitled".  Catchy title I know but that's all I've got.

Well, I am looking forward to being back on school time schedule and looking forward to real painting time this week. I have a goal sheet I have started and intend to finish by the end of the day.  Perhaps I'll share that when it's finished.  Okay, I know I said it will be done at the end of the day, but I don't want to rush things. We'll just leave the finish date open-ended. Maybe one item on the goal sheet should be to finish the goal sheet. Yeah, that works much better for me.

Y'all have a Happy New Year and a Happy Mardi Gras!
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