Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunny Faces. 23 of 30

colorful sunflowers watercolor
Sunny Faces, 9x9" watercolor. $125. 23 of 30
7 more paintings to go! Yippee! Today I was in my studio but chose to work in watercolors anyway. I used a watercolor palette that had been prepped about 20 years ago.  That was a long time ago. I also used my watercolor INKtense sticks. The sky is a bit more intense blue than in this image.

colorful sunflowers watercolor
Working from my ipad mini for photo reference.  This field is in Mason, OH.

colorful sunflowers watercolor
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It's nice to be caught up and to have completed 23 paintings so far this month. I haven't done this well on this challenge since the first time I tried it 4 years ago. Yea me!

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Artwalks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10pm) of October, November & December.  Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kentucky Glass, 22 of 30

Chihuly Makers Mark glass installation
Kentucky Glass, 9x12 pastel, $175. 22 of 30

Today's painting is a pastel abstraction of one of the Chihuly installations at Makers Mark distillery in Loretto, KY. I wanted to capture the essence of the huge glass piece without getting too realistic.

Inspiration for painting
This installation is HUGE!

abstract start

Developing forms

I use my ipad mini for photo reference.

I added blues & purples and danced the colors around

I really enjoy the "energy" of this piece. Because it is a pastel on sanded paper it will need to be framed behind museum (glare-free) glass. I plan to have it available at the October Art Walk.

I am grateful for the blessings of my life as it is today.

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Profile Sketch, 21 of 30

Watercolor Sketch
Profile Sketch, 11x8" watercolor. 21 of 30
Happy Fall Equinox. Summer is officially over, although it's going into the 90's this weekend. Once again Nature is saying, "Hold my beer..."

Today's painting was done at the Cincinnati Art Club's Evening Sketchgroup. The model had really interesting hair, grey in the front then black then tinged with deep blue. She was beautiful. I focused on capturing the shadows more than a likeness.

I was quite far from the model

Next time I intend to go darker on the shadow shapes. I tend to be more pastel in watercolors than oils. It's a process. I am using a different paper. Kilimanjaro by Cheap Joes.  It's interesting but I think I like Arches cold pressed better.

I am grateful for the blessings of my life as it is today.

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Findlay Market, 20 of 20

Urban watercolor sketch by Marion Corbin Mayer
Findlay Market Cincinnati, 6x8" watercolor sketch. 20 of 30
Today I met some neighbors for lunch at Findlay Market, a permanent farmers market in downtown Cincinnati. It was a beautiful day and I arrived early for lunch in order t engage in some "Urban Sketching", The art of capturing spaces in urban environments. It has become a great way for my to capture my travels without stressing out about exact colors and perspective.

I sat under the canopy at Pho Lang Thang and captured the stalls across the street as they were being set up. I have yet to attempt people in public. Stay tuned...

The servers were fascinated by my set up. They had never seen watercolor brushes that had actual water in them. It was pretty funny.  By the time my friends joined me I was done for the day. We had a nice lunch then explored the Market.

my lunch started with a fried port springroll, then a bowl or pho (fuh)

Jean-Robert's French Crust Cafe in it's new digs near the market

I couldn't resist dessert to go!

Market Wines had a creative paint job

The neighboring properties were all decked out in flower boxes.

The nice think about being at the market today was that the weekend crowds were not there. Of course neither were the farmers and a lot of vendors. It is a totally different place Friday-Sunday.  You can also catch the street car there as well.

I am happy to announce that my client like the dog portrait I posted yesterday so I declare it DONE!

I am grateful for the blessings of my life as it is today.

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pet Portrait, 18 of 30

GSD, Pet Portrait, German Shepherd, Police Dog
Retired Police Officer, 10x8" oil on panel. 18 of 30
Today I worked on a pending commission. I have not been able to paint a dog portrait since last June.  I am still grieving having to put my dog down. He was very sick.  Too sick to leave with a pet sitter. It was a hard, hard decision.  He had been my art dog companion for over 10 years.  He's the one who showed me when a portrait was done by barking at it!  So today I finally started working again. It was quite a struggle. I didn't take any "in process" shot because this painting had a long case of the UGLIES.  I like it now. Once the eyes start looking at me I feel much better about the project. I have sent it off to the client for suggestions.  This dog is a brindle & the coloring was quite challenging.  Fingers crossed...

I like smiling dog faces. This one was fun to draw but really challenging to paint. His collar says "SHERIFF".

I have one more commission pending. This challenge is giving me the perfect opportunity to complete it so I can get on to some other paintings I am dying to do.  I am producing a 2018 calendar and still need to paint that December Holiday painting...

I am grateful for the blessings of my life as it is today.

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Monday, September 18, 2017

Portrait Sketch, 18 of 30

Portrait Sketch, 10x8" watercolor, 18 of 30

Today I was back at the Cincinnati Art Club for the afternoon sketch group. The model was clothed & didn't have a neck like a wrestler, unlike here in my sketch.  She did have blue tipped hair though...

I started by painting the shadow areas rather than focusing on her facial features. It helps to keep the work loose & this wasn't meant to be a likeness.  It does resemble her.

I was quite far from the model but I did have a clear view. I get out a card table to spread out my watercolor supplies..

Being able to stretch and practice sketching the human form twice a week is a major benefit to being a member of the Cincinnati Art Club. Our monthly dinner meetings are fun & informative as well.  It's a great place to grow your art practice.  Click here for membership information. We welcome artists, art lovers and collectors.

I am grateful for the blessings of my life as it is today.

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bourbon Cottage, 17 of 30

Watercolor by Marion Corbin Mayer
Bourbon Cottage, 3x5" watercolor sketch, 17 of 30
This weekend we went to Makers Mark distillery for Chihuly after Dark. It was fun to tour the distiller and learn how bourbon is made.  Having the Chihuly installations around was icing on the cake.  They really showed nicely as dusk began to fall. There was an interesting cottage near "Whiskey Creek", across from one of the smaller barrel warehouses.  There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than people!

Of course we got to sample the wares. You could even dip the bottle you bought into the red wax yourself! They had a lovely cocktail mixed up of bourbon, triple sec, ginger ale & orange slices. Very refreshing. Afterwards we stayed at a Hampton Inn in Lebanon, KY.  Maker's Mark is way out in the country...

On the way home we stopped at Shaker Village for lunch. Beautiful grounds and good food.