Saturday, October 31, 2015

i have dipped my toes into painting multiple figures.

i start with a pencil sketch of the shapes (as opposed

to thinking hair, hat, jacket, eyes). with a hb pencil

i start with the larger shapes, then go to the darkest

shapes.  i find it easier to move around the the paper or canvas,

not focusing on one image exclusively.  gradually work on the details.

finally pigment is introduced, either watercolor or acrylic.  sometimes first a light

wash of watercolor layering over and over until  the painting begins 

to come to life.  finally i might add watered down acrylic.  i am 

liking the process very much 

the pasadena museum of art is currently featuring 

a favorite artist, corita kent.  i have loved her

bright colored graphic art for decades so it was a 

pure treat to see her work in person and  the biographical film. 

 i wish i were lucky enough to have been in one of her classes.  instead,

i have the book in which she encouraged one of 

her students to writeon her process, Learning by Heart.  

i find it  stimulating and inspirational  

i received good news!  two of my paintings were accepted

to art in the library at the local palos verdes library.  i grew up

going to the library every saturday with my mother.  i would leave

with an armload of books for the week.   so libraries are a favorite 

and familiar haunt.   over the past years i have seen this exhibit of 

local artists and wished i might have a painting in the show.  this 

year i happen to see the announcement and submitted my work.  

i am thrilled to be a part of the show. 

on fridays i post along with others at paint party friday.  i hope you 
will have a chance to see some of the lovely art there.


  1. I love these people. :) That's a good way to create. Congratulations on the library. I too have been accepted to our. It is the 23rd year.
    Enjoy your weekend

  2. What perfectly wonderful artwork! Just amazing!

  3. First off what a wonderful plethora of work...loved it all and reading the rules was so fun too! Congratulations on getting into the library art show...good for you going for what you want! Nice fruition on that one!! Oh and I LOVED your awesome comment on my blog about your life! It is interesting how we all live unique lives. My daughter is an only child, married in to a family that has 10 kids. Polar opposite there too!! Always fun though!!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. I love your work and your radual process of building it up.

  5. Hi Irene, BIG congrats on having your work accepted for the exhibition, well done! Love your multiple figures, too. The exhibition you went looks very inspirational. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

  6. Congrats on being accepted into the exhibition! You deserve it! Love your new "multiple figures"-paintings, and thanks so much for introducing Corita Kent. Never heard of her but I think her work is amazing!

  7. Hi Irene. Yes I miss ppf and will continue to post from time to time. Always enjoy your beautiful work. Congrats on the library. Take care and thx. For stopping by my blog.

  8. Interesting post, Irene. I especially love your paintings of multiple images. I will admit I don't think I have ever done that. I enjoyed your description of how you accomplished your lovely works. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts on my blog.

  9. I am seeing Degas in your repeated person. :-)