Meeting Notes, Jan 28, 2016

At today's meeting Loretta, Ward, Tim, Mike, Jeanie, Jerry, Jeanne, Kristina, Diane M, Charlie, Betsy, Susan, Tedd, Thomas, Diane H, Annie, Tom, Stephanie, Renita, and me Celeste.

Today's suggested table topic: "Revisiting" a painting... tell us your experience in going "back into" a painting.

Celeste: Karen Lewis once had session at her house where we took stacks of paintings that we didn't particularly care for and we worked on improving them. We just set up our easels in her house and did that all afternoon. We actually did improve quite a few of them.  I don't generally go back into many of my paintings, but I have been rewarded on occasion. I brought in a painting that started out very differently -- I just made things up. it's fun to sometimes do this.

Tedd: I brought in a parallel palette that I bought by mistake! (I ordered two in error). I wondered if anyone here wanted to buy it from me (laughter)! If you want to buy this one it is $129.

Susan: I was excited to see this topic because I just recently did this.  I am showing you a print copy of a painting that I did and this is the "new" painting that I did. You can see that I changed it and improved it. I'm also showing my pastel demonstration from OSA.

Betsy: I painted on this twice does that count? (laughter)! It is true in watercolor that when you add washes it will add dimension.

Charlie: When I change things it is generally something like a background.

Diane M: I have trouble finishing things. I destroy and re-construct. I painted this recently because I wanted to paint something with humor.  I wanted to do something whimsical.

Diane H:  I find that I can be angry and rub something totally out --I can be agitated and about the third time I go back into it it all works out (laughter)! I go back into something to learn from it. When I am writing I look at a poem over and over again.

Annie: I just recently attended a demonstration by Scott Gellatly. He told us that he was "building on the intensity of it". I am working on something at home from a photo reference.  I took some things out of the scene...and now I wonder, what will I put back in (in it's place)?

Stephanie: I do redo paintings. If it isn't what I like I will paint over it. I will sometimes paint completely over it. I try to see it through. It is a matter of risk or not risk! I have been doing palette knife lately. I am showing a recent painting.

Kristina: I have been painting with the palette knife (still life). It is liberating. It is a way to be bold. It has been great for me to change things up. I am showing a recent still life.

Jeanne: I try not to become too "precious". If I am too attached to the outcome I will abandon the whole feeling of what was meant. This week in my class our assignment had to be done either in collage on on glass. I chose glass. The idea is to paint the great big shapes and keep the values to a minimum. The painting comes out in reverse, but in fact, that's cool.

Jerry: If you go back into something it is clear that you have had a question about whether you were finished! I told you last time about a book that I discovered about Sanford Gifford. I am sending Celeste a link to an article that is a 137-year-old article and yet if you read it you'll find gems that apply even today. I am showing a painting that I did in 2010. I have gone back into this to make changes.

Jeanie: Yes I revisit paintings. I revisit paintings that are landscapes---I revisit the sky and I revisit the land. Whatever makes the painting work is what I want.

Mike: Sometimes when I see some of my archived work I think why on earth did I save THAT!? (laughter) I do think it is important to cull your work. In watercolor you're pretty limited when it comes to going "back in". You can scrub out and reapply but it often compromises your paper. I have gone back into my watercolors and added darks, warm darks, especially.  I am showing my recent travel journal. I highly recommend that you use a travel journal and paint if you travel!

Tim: I don't revisit much I mostly just stack these paintings up! (Laughter)!  I am showing a painting that I did recently in Sandy.

Thomas: When I started out painting I insisted on painting the things in front of me. I was rigid about it. But six years ago I became less tied to that. I started to understand that the painting is an object in its own right. I became free to no longer be tied to exactly what I see. This is a philosophical situation. If something succeeds that is ok and if it does not that is equally ok.  What I love about Tim Young is the way he plays and has a good time. I really recommend that you make sure you see his blog --you will see his light-hearted approach.

Ward: I recently heard something about a teacher in New York whose students were being noticed. She was asked what is your secret? She said "Yes, I do in fact have a secret..  I take the work away from them"! (laughter)!. I brought in the painting that I did recently.

Loretta: To stop and start again is to interrupt "the dream". (There is a "zone" that you enter when you work). I find it important to be "in tune" with my objectives each time.

Renita: I work on things over and over again.  Sometimes it seems like a complete disaster....sometimes it works out. I'm showing one that I like.

Tom: I try to realize my visions right away, but that's not always the case. I found this great frame and I actually painted this painting for the frame! (Laughter)! There are paintings that are meant to go over the couch and then there are other paintings. I want to paint the "other" paintings. I sometimes wonder why my mother placed a certain tropical painting over her couch--- instead of one of mine! (Laughter)!


Susan Kuznitsky has a new class starting May March 9 at OSA it will be limited to eight people. Contact her to learn more:

There will be a fundraiser for Ward on February 19 at the Trails End saloon. Ward will be playing! Let’s all turn out to support Ward. (He recently survived a catostrophic medical event---we’re so grateful and happy he is with us)!

Jennifer Diehl workshops:  The design class at the brush and pallet beginning February 12-14 and February 26-28. She will be teaching a crash course much like a college course. It is intensified information that is presented in two weekends. To officially reserve your spot please email Jennifer and send payment. She has another workshop in North Carolina  September 23 and 26th

Kristina has big paintings at A-Cena in Sellwood this month:

Thomas’ new website asking art is live! (Congratulations, Thomas)

 He will have more classes in the future...information to come.

Mike Rangner Solo show coming up First Friday, Art on the Boulevard:

Thank you for bringing your paintings an idea of today the next meeting is next Thursday February 4th,  The suggested table topic is: Paint BRANDS ---let's talk about them. Your favorite and your least favorite (and WHY)! :)

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