Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Leaf Study II

This is my Green Leaf Study II. I like it better than the first one. The sunlight plays a bigger role in the painting. I also like the leaves a little more and the use of the warm colors and the cool colors and the many shades of green.
I think I was a little more successful in having soft edges and hard edges but I still need some work in that area.

Years ago I never would have thought about painting green leaves. But now I see more in it. I love paintings of the simplest of objects and especially objects that are not often made into "stars" of paintings. You can find beauty in the smallest and/or the simplest of things.

Also I have been thinking alot lately of seeing colors. I have told my students many times that when learning how to paint or draw you need to learn how to see better. And that the better you are able to paint or draw the more you are able to see. It's one of those snowball learning experiences. I have had students tell me that they have a hard time seeing the colors that I point out to them and I have had the same experience with my teachers telling me the colors that they are able to see. How can I learn to see more and teach people to see what they are looking at better? Or is it just a natural progression in the learning process?


meera said...

Since I was away for over a week --I missed your shows :(

And regarding seeing color, I learn a lot by studying the masters and great art. Its a open ended assignment! Its wonderful that you have the discipline to learn by doing studies --keep it up!

Kathy Staicer said...

Thanks Meera for your encouragement.

Mary Pelham said...

The leaves make such an interesting, live subject! I agree that the simplest subjects are often the most stunning works. Thank-you for detailing your process and your growth in this way. I find that naming what I see is a big part of strengthening that "sense".

Kathy Staicer said...

Thank you Mary. Maybe that's why so many of my paintings are of "simple" subjects.