Stick to your plan and pay attention to reference

Lesson 3

Whatever we are doing, we need some kind of a draft in our head or some plan which we keep in mind. However, it is easier said than done. That especially refers to classes. I have noticed that most people want to draw or paint without any plan and without any thinking. It might be so that when starting out it is hard to know what parts or segments should be paid most attention to. There are lots of simple things which make the object look multi-dimensional. By far, those are not only darker and stronger values. Strongly emphasized edges or absence thereof, always darker spots behind the lighter areas also contribute a lot to the spatial perception, not to mention color if it is used. I remember from early years I was told that the darkest dark should meet the lightest light. It can be tough to implement, especially when not having a real reference, but just a photography or sketch. I am personally not excited about patterns which repeat in a regular rhythm such as petals or trees along the path, blooms on a branch and similar things which we unintentionally place on our canvas when there is no firm plan or sketch.

Flower paintings in acrylic magnolias

Magnolias, recent class demo and I always work together with students straight in front of the class

Why am I saying: pay attention to reference? Because most people don’t do that. When we are just beginning the painting, they would have a look at the reference image or set-up. After a while, I notice nobody looks any more at the reference. You have to! The only exception is when it is a completely abstract work which has been drafted in one’s imagination or when we paint from memory. Painting from memory takes practice, however, and beginning artists cannot handle that too well. Reference or value drawing (if you have created such) has all the answers: where to use dark color, where to make strong edge, where to wash edges to lose them, where to place highlights and what exactly the shape of something is. It is extremely important, much more important than what brush to use. Talking about brushes: always use these ones which you feel comfortable with and which suit the size of the area you are working on. Very simple. We can use no brush at all, use a sponge or palette knife, that is a matter of a preference and choice. I know how some instructors want to make rules about everything. There are no rules in the use of tools. It is very obvious that using a very wide brush for tiny spot is simply difficult and vice versa. I know a lot of artists who create the entire painting with just one brush. I do that sometimes, too.

Flower paintings in acrylic Pink rose

The Pink rose, recent class demo

So, the conclusion is: do not change things around dramatically or completely when the work is halfway through and always keep an eye on the reference. That’s why it is so rewarding to paint from real objects, live is live and photo is just a photo. Live comes with smell, touch, very visible shape and very noticeable values. Do not pressurize yourself and painting: there are moments when we need to stop and make a decision about the next step.

Flower paintings in acrylic Pansies

Purple pansies, finished just yesterday

Paintings and drawings really hate when they are not treated with due respect. It is much better to allow everything to develop in a natural way. For illustration I have attached the recent flower paintings. There are many more, but they just need finalizing touches. You know: painting is never done, right?

The pleasant laziness on cozy Christmas day

It is such a blessing to slow down, take a breath and enjoy doing nothing while listening to fantastic Christmas songs. The lights are on, some candles are burning. It is so peaceful, indoors and outdoors, in the soul and heart, that the feeling of happiness, gratitude and love is almost touchable.

Peaceful Christmas day paintings and home decorations

I have put on the Latvian radio 2, they play non-stop Christmas songs, and these melodies are so sweet and touching that I couldn’t wish for a better music to accompany my memories tonight.

I hope all fellow bloggers are having a good time wherever they are, I hope they didn’t have to experience the rough weather which destroyed so many people’s homes this Christmas.

Peaceful Christmas day Snow painting and decorations

The weather is great in Whitby, Ontario. There is no wind, stars start showing up, the sky is almost clear and the silence covers everything.

Peaceful Christmas day beautiful decorations

Wishing everybody peace, warmth, love and light during this Christmas day and all the following holidays! Have a blessed evening and night! May stars and the full moon shine on you and remind that love never ends.

Peaceful Christmas day

Sending hugs, love and prayers to everybody who shares peace, hope and love at Christmas!

Latvian radio Christmas music:

Latvian Radio 2

The most recent Lifeschool post reviews ways we can improve the way we feel by simply choosing the right nutrients and avoiding alcohol, drugs and medications: Feed your happiness, not depression

Art loaded with uplifting and positive energy for good luck and new art products

I have been recently more about aesthetics than painting. The reason is very simple: I avoid painting when my own energy levels are low due to physical pain or mental dissatisfaction or bad mood.

We all probably used to have sense of energy and its vibrations, just like some animals and birds still do. There are energy-sensitive people, people who do not feel or recognize any energy flow, but experience it subconsciously and people who are unable to perceive energy at all, even though, they just like everybody else are affected by that. I paint implementing lots of good energy in my creations, it’s not only because I cannot make myself draw or paint gruesome, terrifying or evil objects and scenes, but mainly because that is who I am: a medium for converting the great energy from the beautiful nature scenes, flowers, still life objects into the sensitively perceivable feeling of good vibrations. I doubt this could be anyhow felt through the internet images or prints since these are copies of copy copies. One thing I know is that people who physically look at my paintings in person can experience these energies, assuming they do not belong to the energetically deaf category.

I have painted numerous red flowers as commissions, poppies, wild roses and similar florals on request of people who can sense energy and are able to recognize it. Some of them have placed these paintings in the entrance hall to prevent bad luck and bad energy entering their personal living space. I know a couple who hang a dark red, pink and white flower painting of mine at the upper staircase overlooking the entire stair, and they told ever since everything started to just become better and better in their life. Just to clarify some things: positive energy is not the same as positive thinking. We have to work hard and we need to inherit or develop sort of sixth sense to become somebody who is able to give positive energy to other people or to surround oneself and items in these surroundings with such an energy.

Some people wanted red flowers for their living rooms and some for bedrooms as an energy carrier for passion and love. I believe any appropriate place is good and these paintings work because I have puts lots of energy into them. I take it from the beauty of objects to be painted and these paintings become a shield to stop bad energy flow.

I was recently feeling very sick and suffered terribly from side effects of medications which I had to use, and the consequences of avoiding these meds could have led to bad outcome, so I limited my creative efforts to taking pictures, and I have placed quite a few already in my new blog http://inesepogalifeschool.com/. Basically, I was doing just the minimum and quite honestly feeling bad about that. My grandmother was a healer, she knew everything about energy, herbs, grasses, colors and impact of words, spoken and written, and thankfully, I learned a lot of that, may have even inherited some of this knowledge. However, I don’t know anybody who can help themselves as much as it is possible to help others. Quite often I remember her and regret she is not around anymore because if she was, I wouldn’t even need these medications.

I also uploaded some of the most recent images onto Fine Art America site and could not stop enjoying the beautiful products they are now offering. From now on, these products which include not only all kinds of framed and not framed prints, but also phone cases, pillows, tote bags, duvet covers, shower curtains are available on retail throughout Canada and the USA in 150+ locations of Deck the WallsThe Great Frame Up, and the Framing and Art Centre!

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Since I’ve been literally down for quite a while I would appreciate a lot spreading out a word about my August 15 and 16 sales http://inesepogagallery.com/art-plus-life-studio-gallery-events/ and any kind of support. I hope you won’t be bored looking at some of my art products.

I managed to finish a few 20 x 24 paintings and this is the most recent one:

Acrylic painting for sale lonely tree in landscape

Here it is in some frames, but Fine Art America offers huge numbers of mats and frames, it is completely up to the customer what to choose

Framed painting of lonely tree

Here in mat and the next without mat:

Acrylic painting lonely tree framed

The red barn also in reality has got a rustic frame, this is from FAA

Red barn acrylic painting framed

There is wide selection of all kinds of inexpensive totes and pillows and similar items

Poppy painting fragment

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Tote and pillow

Tote with red poppies

And the beautiful passion pillow

Passion pillow with red poppies

I also loved the look of other paintings on bags and pillows

daisies tote bag

Daisies tote bag and pillow

daisy pillow

Wildflower tote bags and pillows

tote bag wildflowers

It’s possible to select the background color

wildflower framed

Framed wildflowers

I have only black and grey frames for 20 x 24 in and 16 x 20 in paintings at the gallery

framed poppy painting

Original painting at gallery

and available as print

poppies art print

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