Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rainy Days and Wednesdays

That could get me down, but we turned a rainy day into a colorful one. Instead of heading out to paint, we watched a Lori Putnam video that Marylyn recently purchased. I took a screen shot of her website if you want to see more about it. You can also click the above link.

I didn't realize what a limited palette of colors she uses to paint with and how she is able to make so many variations in color in her paintings. So many neutral greys make the colors come alive. Love her work and I was really impressed with the DVD. I've seen other artist videos and this is so much better on explanations and showing the work that she's doing. She talks most of the time and it's enjoyable. She makes it look so easy. I will definitely try to work with a limited palette of just the six colors and white and see what I can produce. Another way to push myself to see something I hadn't discovered on my own.

After taking Marylyn to lunch for her birthday, we headed on over to Marla Hoppenstedt's new studio space and framing gallery, Studio de Chene. Marla is also an artist and one of our Associated Women in the Art's members. That's how I met her. Marla has been in the framing business for a long time and finally opened up her open framing shop, part of which is her art studio. We basically just showed up at her door to check out the new space. What a great space. They are still getting things in order, however they are open for business. They are located on Perkins Road near Essen/Staring across from Albertson's if you need something framed or want to see her work. Here's photos from our "tour". Thanks, Marla, for indulging us!

Marylyn, Carole, and Marla

One of my paintings framed by Marla
"Red Flowers" - SOLD
(Photo Courtesy of Debbie Densdorff)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Grey, Black, or White?

Found a way to check my balance of darks and lights. It's really simple actually and I'm thinking as I write this, wow, it sure took me a long time to come up with this. Sometimes I'm a genius and sometimes I'm not. (Uh, maybe most times I'm not the genius.)

I took a photo of my painting and converted it to black and white. Specifically, I took a color photo. Then selected "edit" and clicked on either "mono", "tonal", or "noir". This gives me a good idea of whether all my greys, blacks, and whites are where they need to be and whether or not they are balanced.

I'm sure there's someone else out there that's been doing this a long time - perhaps lots of people - but I'm glad I finally discovered this on my own.

#SwimSwag (color)
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015

#SwimSwag (Black and White)
Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Be Moved By Art

A few more "in progress" photos from #SwimSwag painting. Enjoy!

On another note, yesterday reminded me a little of not only why I paint but why I want to share my art with others.

I was the guest artist for the Woman's Club here in Baton Rouge. What a really nice group of ladies. I really enjoyed discussing my art and loved that the art was able to bring stories out of each of them. I like that my work reminds them of their memories, too. 

This is really something to think about with the art in your home or the art you buy and cherish. Is there a story in this piece? Does it evoke a memory or place in time? Does it elicit an emotion? Be moved by art. Make yourself available emotionally to let art connect with you. When you do, you won't be able to capture that feeling with words or an image, but you will own it.

Thank you to Elaine Atkinson (member of their club and a member of AWA with me as well as mom to my former highschool classmate, Jane) for arranging for me to be the guest speaker. I loved chatting with you! 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Year, New You, New Painting. Yep.

New Year? 2015. 

New You? Yep, working on less stressful existence and eating more healthy foods, of course. 

New Painting? Why, yes, thanks for asking.

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015
Here are some early photos of the drawing out phase of #SwimSwag that I started on Christmas Eve Eve and then had to put off until the kids went back to school. I devoted most of my time from Thanksgiving through the first week of the new year to my family. It was definitely worth it. 

Back in the swing of things as I'm working through my second portrait painting of 2015. So, I'm feeling pretty productive so far this year.

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015

Nanci Charpentier (c) 2015

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