Monday, November 30, 2009
Emotional decision of what part of a scene to paint,
Intellectual decision of how to lay it out with the strongest composition
Emotional enjoyment of mixing the correct colors and where would the highlights go?
Intellectual - to be critical of your composition, colors, does it work? if not scrape it.
All of your paintings start this way but it takes longer as you fill in more and more detail up till you have as much as you feel the viewer needs. I have been doing starts all this week, to get my head thinking in the right way- Scene, then composition, then color notes layed out. I can always go back to these starts and finish them up and also learn from them. I often find that my starts were much more interesting, they were stronger than my studio work because of the deepest darks gave them strength- something that I often lack in studio work. Collect up some cheap canvas boards or mark off 5"x7" rectangles on large sheets of canvas paper and have them ready to go. My normal routine for painting outdoors includes a small start worked up first, then I can be critical of it- does it work, is the composition strong? This really helps me make the right call when I put my brush onto the canvas for a completed painting. These little abstracts should make a be difference in how you make artistic decisions in the beginning of any painting.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
While I was home recovering and moping that I could not attend the reception for the AIS show at the Saks Gallery in Denver-(friends were all there having fun)- I got the word that my painting "Early Frost" won the Award of Merit and the judge of Quang Ho !!! It is a prize that includes paint from Vasari Paints- I am so excited about it. My little painting a snow scene- sold and the proceeds from it go to the Food Bank of Colorado. Funny how when you win an award you just can't wait to go out and paint again. I hope to be up to it this weekend. I am just now feeling like a normal person again- not my usual energy level yet but that will come. I am trying to get caught up now and will have some fun assignments for my students next week. Thanks for your patience-
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Road Trip 2009
Artists are to paint with in
50 miles of downtown
on Aug. 28th. A Quick Draw will be held in downtown
8:00 to noon,
then an auction of the wet pieces will be held. My host gallery is the
Earthwood Collections on
about my freshly finished work. They will also be posted on my facebook
Always wanted to try your hand at plein air? Here is a lovely
place to start. You can chose one or all 4 sessions of my workshop
allowing yourself time to snorkel, shop, eat, and enjoy the
51st Annual Art Festival in Avalon
Check my website for all the details. For novices and studio painters
looking to paint from life.
While on this summer Road Trip my new work will be posted
on my blog and on my Facebook page. Paintings will be posted as completed.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I know, I know you aren't suppose to post personal stuff, not very professional of me. But isn't Penny the sweetest? Now I know what all the fuss is about being a grandma. A good friend of mine gave me a little sign that says "what ever happens at grandmas never happened" When a new baby comes into the family everything else just seems so
meaningless and silly.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The other easel photo on the right is from Judson Art Supply. It is a guerrilla box and they mean it. This is by far the most sturdy of any paintbox I have seen. This one is the cute thumbox, 6"x8" and perfect for when you want everything to fit into one box, and you are painting on small panels. The little devise you see are what allows you to paint on 4"x6 or 5"x7" or 6"x8". It's great and it hold my wet panels, brushes (cut down) spirits, paint. You can sit in a cafe, paint and no one notice. If you use the spirits from Gamblin called Gamsol no one can smell you either!
If you can try out a friends box, if they trust to enough. But even if you bought one of these boxes and didn't like them you would have no trouble selling them to another artist. But I really think if you plan to paint from life, and you should, you will probably want a couple different types of paint boxes for different scenarios. This summer when I head out to paint New Mexico and Colorado both boxes will be in my truck. When I head to Catalina Island for my workshop both will go on the ferry. Each for a different reason. Check out both website and give them a call with questions, both companies excell in customer service.
Monday, June 8, 2009
On Sept. 18, 19, and 20th the Catalina Art Association will be hosting it's 51st Annual Art Festival. Last year I was asked to be one of the judges for the painting category for awards. We had such a good time so back we go but this time I will be teaching several different sessions of workshops in oils and watercolor. You can sign up for one or all the sessions. This will allow you time to have a great time in the wonderful little village, enjoy the Art Festival, and paint too. The classes are geared for the novice painter and for the more experienced painter who may be used to working indoors in the studio. Painting outdoors is a whole different deal and it can really make your experience a much nicer one with someone to guide you. Check my website for more details or write me with any questions. Sessions start at $45.00 a piece, there will also be a small kit available for those people who might be flying in, or just don't want to buy a lot of art supplies. Let me know your situation and we can make it work. Catalina Island is about an hour off the coast of L.A. and accessible by ferry. You don't need a car, and everyday is casual day. Can't beat that!
Session 1: Friday 9/18 3:30pm-
Session 2: Saturday 9/19 9:00am-11:45ish
S ession 3: Saturday 9/19 3:30pm-
Session 4: Sunday 9/20 9:00am-11:45ish
Sunday, June 7, 2009
After several nervous days waiting I finally heard that I will be going back to Estes Park this August to participate in their fun paintout. The Earthwood Gallery will be my host again which I really enjoy. Ron and Ann Wilcock are just nice people who really care about their artists. The picture above is the piece I finished during the 90 minute Quickdraw. A dear lady in Hawaii purchased this piece. I plan to stop along the way and paint in New Mexico, Santa Fe and Taos especially. If you want to keep up on the pieces that I finish along the way and the paintings that I turn in for the Awards competition in Estes Park keep watching my blog.
Also, it is back to Catalina Island this September. I plan to hold several painting sessions/classes during the Catalina Art Associations 51st Annual Art Festival. the dates are Sept. 18,19,20th, 2009. You can check my website for more information. For those who are flying out or are new to oils I will have kits available for you to use. You can sign up for only one session or all of them, just depends on how much time you have on the Island that weekend. You will still go home with some fine little finished paintings of your trip to Catalina. Cindy's Website
Friday, May 22, 2009
I am excited to announce that there are reproductions of several of my original oil paintings now available. The prints are of pieces that are not in a gallery or have already sold. The company that handles the orders can send you a print on high quality paper or even on canvas. These are not originals but they are an affordable way to own artwork that has already found home! Check out www.cindy-carrillo.fineartamerica.com to find my page and the images. New choices will be going up all the time. I am working on a set of florals to add to the page since those seem to be real popular right now.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Much of the time when I paint it is to create good strong paintings that will be entered into competitive shows, hang in a gallery for sale, or done for an event or commission. I recently had the chance to paint for an entirely different reason and it was a wonderful experience for me. The series of paintings are called "Pathways & Portals" and they are hanging at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix. There is no reception, no ads placed, no judging done and no price tags. The sole purpose is for the pleasure of the patients, doctors, Mayo staff and families that work there. The Mayo Clinic and hospitals are some of the top locations in the country that people come to for medical care, they are beautiful well thought out places with the primary concern being the patients comfort. Even with that, when you have an appointment at the Mayo, it is usually because you are seriously sick and are looking for the best care you can find. Most people are nervous, their family members try to act unafraid and that it is no big deal, and each spends a great deal of time waiting. With this in mind I painted this series of pieces, each one with the idea of taking the viewer away for just a moment. Not trying to make a statement, not trying to force you to see my view or shake you up, just pleasure. What totally surprised me was that it actually was a release for me, a pleasure, many moments of having a different motivation when putting the brush to the canvas. I always love to paint, I am challenged by juried shows, it is total joy to do this as my job. But, to paint with the sole purpose of trying to see through the eyes of the viewer , not mine was amazing. I tried some compositions that are very different for me, perspectives that are not in any of my other paintings, I learned so much. Painting for a non-profit, or a piece that you will not get any sale from, is a very good thing to try. Let yourself focus on what the viewer might bring to the canvas, that it is not all about you trying to express yourself- what I cool thing. If you get this sort of opportunity, say yes. No, you won't get your "moneys worth" but you will find a new direction and a wonderful motivation that is much bigger than you.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Artistic Mystic www.artisticmysticgallery.com Open Tues- Sat. 11Am-6Am 480-917-4566
Reception Saturday, Jan. 24th 4:00pm www.cindycarrillo.com 480-820-8111
Thursday, January 1, 2009
of these don't be put off by the competition. It is very casual and a great way to push your self. It is great to see how the other artist's saw the view you see but sooooo differently. Start of this New Year by challenging yourself, get out and paint and take the chance of others watching you. Believe me, it isn't as bad as it sounds. And you can't let that stop you. You can also get info at www.azstateparks.com on the Plein Air link.
If you have any questions please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and Happy New Year!