I painted this for an assignment in my "Simple isn't Easy" online workshop with Mark Daniel Nelson. I'm loving the class so far, and even though I haven't had much time to work on the assignments, I'm learning a lot. I was thinking I was going to do still lives for the lessons. And I might still do that later. But so far I've been trying to simplify some kid paintings that I've been wanting to do.
This assignment was all about moving the eye through the painting. Mark called this a 3 zone painting. The shoes, head, then ball. Which are the zones the eye travels.
Here is another, but not as successful I don't think.
6x6 oil on panel
The eye travels up the bat to the head, then the balls.
Wow, what a year! It did seem to fly by. But it's a new year now, and time for setting new goals. I'm ready for something new. I've just finished a boat load of beach themed paintings. Large & small. Now I'm looking ahead to art festivals and new & old ideas have me excited. I will continue my dogs, birds & cocktail themed paintings. I want to expand on the cocktails because that can be fun, and spend some time on more still life paintings.
I've signed up for an on-line Master Class with Mark Daniel Nelson, "Simple Is Not Easy". (my Thursday class is full, but he's just added a Friday class.) I'm sure I will learn a TON about ways to simplify my compositions for a more abstract looser look. My plan is to post my results, but that will depend on how busy things get around here.
I'm really looking at still life paintings right now and dreaming of painting them in a way I love. I've been looking at Stanley Bielen and Susan Nally, and loving their work. I've bought some pears found some simple bowls. I'll work up to flowers because I think if I purchased any flowers right now they would die as soon as I went outside to bring them home. (it's -15 today) I'm planning on doing a small still life, from life, most days before I start my other work. That's the goal!!