Four individual watercolor studies
Monday, May 13, 2013
|"Fourth Wren Study" 7" x 10" Watercolor|
I mentioned in an earlier post that after I began these studies, the wren stopped coming to the feeder, almost as a tease to dare me to capture his (or maybe it is her) image. Later, I discovered the little rascal poking around the front porch.
Either a mama phoebe who's nesting in the rafters of my carport or a hummer frequenting my feeder will be next. Both are keeping me busy trying to capture videos of them, neither having yet given me enough footage to begin their studies, but I will win this one.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 12:53 PM
Saturday, April 27, 2013
|"Third Wren Study" 7" x 10" Watercolor on Paper|
One of the joys of spring unfolding is the busy activity of our feathered friends building their nests, laying their eggs and keeping vigilant watch of their future progeny. A bird feeder usually guarantees that its visitors will choose a nearby area for their nest and continue to show up, but once I began the studies the wren disappeared. Until then, he was a regular visitor.
One thing I have learned from these studies: it is better to video them rather than take still shots. By doing so, I am able to watch the video repeatedly enabling me to register their gestures and expressions, so important to how I interpret them. And, too, in the case the subject goes away, I have a more complete record of whatever it was that drew me to it.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 10:10 AM
Monday, April 22, 2013
|"Carolina Wren, Study II" 10" x 7" Watercolor on Paper|
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Posted by Dianne Mize at 4:42 PM
Friday, April 19, 2013
|"On Alert" 7" x 10" Watercolor on Paper|
$125 plus S/H
What I'm trying to accomplish here is an immediacy with this little bird. I have spent my career focused on the creative process, with my most recent focus being on the way we artists compose our work. Now, I'm giving my attention to pure immediacy: what happens when I respond to my subject without thought, with the only goal being to tune in to how I am responding. Nothing more.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 11:08 AM
Monday, March 25, 2013
11" x 8" Watercolor on Paper
I sat up my camera aimed out my kitchen window and put it in movie mode so that when the cardinals appeared at the bird feeder, I could film their gestures and expressions. It is from these video clips that I compiled this little painting set in my woods where Spring has not yet produced a single leaf bud.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 7:58 AM
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|"Dancing Light" 13" x 21" Pastel on paper|
The images from that trip remain as fresh today as the day I experienced them. During this moment, the surface of the water displayed its own painting, changing moment by moment with the movement of the water's ripples and the subsiding light of a sun setting. Our boat was skirting along the surface of all this, adding its own note to the pulsating motion, becoming a part of a both fleeting and emerging, a dance of light on the water's surface.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 8:49 AM
Saturday, November 24, 2012
|"Just Before Sundown" 15 x 21 Pastels on Paper $400|
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These images stick with me today as fresh as when I was experiencing them.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 9:34 AM
Friday, November 9, 2012
|"Once A King" 15" x 18" Pastels on Paper|
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Until two weeks ago I strongly disliked painting with pastels. Over the years I have taught its techniques to my students, but have not given it the time of day as a medium I could relate to. I have complained about how I dislike the way my fingers feel when touching it even though I enjoy looking at a well crafted pastels painting, I've made a declaration "not for me." Well. That all changed and without any warning.
Not long ago, I was taken on a delightful canoe trip up the Tugalo River. Lake Hartwell into which the Tugalo flows and from which it takes most of its waters had been drawn down since spring to several feet below the rivers' banks, leaving a desert of lake bed and consequent desertion of boaters and their lake folk, but the river remains a haven for canoe lovers. As we rowed up the river, bare bones of old stumps raising their heads to light, cast breathtaking reflections on the waters. These images along with the old piers of a once covered bridge caught my attention.
I assumed watercolor was the ideal medium for communicating my impressions, but watercolor wouldn't work. It was as if the images were demanding I reach inside myself for something else. Oil wouldn't work either, so reluctantly, I dug out the pastels and the images began to flow into place, surprising me and all those who know me and the disdain I've spouted forth about the medium all these years.
"Once A King" is the second painting in this series. And I am a reborn painter, now adding pastels to the painting mediums I love. Imagine that.
Posted by Dianne Mize at 2:10 PM
Saturday, October 27, 2012
|"Majesty" "12 x "14" Pastels on Paper"|
Posted by Dianne Mize at 10:40 AM