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So…I have been working on this painting for longer than most.  I still don’t like it, but I WANT to like it.  I can’t decide if I should start over because I love the idea of this painting.  I like the composition, the colors, and the concept.  What I don’t love: the rendering if the dice.  I also think I over blended the metallic elements of the cup.  After much deliberation and reflection I think I will scrap this one and start again. The horrors!  Not really.  My goal is to have paintings that I really like.  Paintings that I want to gaze upon.  This one…well, I constantly see things to correct.  Art isn’t a roll of the dice.  DSC_0641

This place is a safe place to share and discuss the process of making art.  So all comments are welcome.

Thank you for being kind.

My best,
Emily Warren

Femininity

E_Warren_Pin_Cushion_12x12_oil_on_woodI listed this painting for sale on my saatchi site.  I will probably put it for auction on eBay when it is dry enough to ship.

This iconic pin cushion represents femininity to me. One popular design—a tomato with a strawberry attached—was possibly introduced during the Victorian Era. According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantel of a new house guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits. If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust. The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose—a place to store pins. The strawberry contains sand to clean and sharpen needles. It is a universal symbol of womanhood.

I really hope that someone likes this work.  I happen to LOVE it.

Thanks for your comments.

My best,
Emily Warren

Beautiful day for an adventure

I didn’t have to work today because it’s super Tuesday. So my daughter and I went to visit my parents. We had a lovely lunch and then we went on an adventure.  We rode around the back roads admiring the autumn foliage.  The leaves were magnificent.  I also scoured my parents house for things to paint.  They go antiquing often and we ‘jokingly’ say their home looks like a Cracker Barrel restaurant.  I brought back a vintage wooden coca-cola crate and an old buyer mold.

Besides admiring the autumn color we stopped by a Mennonite grocery store.  They sell all sorts of goodies including old fashioned candy.  I got some red and white peppermint sticks and some salt water taffy.  I hope to set this up in a composition in the next few days.

It is always great fun to visit the family but it’s a long drive.  I am too tired to focus on the elections results.  When I am too tired to paint the last thing I want to do it think about politics. 🙃

Hope you got a chance to vote. IMG_3307

My best,
Emily Warren

Sharing

How much do you share? On social media or in person.  I tend to share my art using social media.  My thoughts behind this: I make the art, I should share it. I share my love for my friends and family in person AND on social media.  I share about movies and books I like.  I share pictures from vacation on social media.

Does anyone care?  I get joy when I share my art and my friends and family like it or give me a ❤️.  I my excitement peaks when someone I don’t know gives me a like because they happened upon my art because of a hashtag.  ‘Yippee!’ some random stranger ❤️’s my painting!,’ I think. Or a youtube influencer gives me a ❤️.  Oh, that’s the jackpot.  My dad comments on every FB post.  I know he has hundreds of friends.  I wonder, does he do this to all of their posts?

Then there is the opposite spectrum.  Acquaintances watch my stories (yeah, instagram tells you who watched your story) but they never give me a like.  What is that about?  Why are you following me if you don’t like me?  Am I overthinking this?

I would love it if you could SHARE your thoughts.

My best,
Emily Warren

 

Everyday things

Today I worked on a painting of a pincushion and thread.  I decided to paint the it a week ago, maybe longer.  I wanted to changed the wood bock that I use to set up my compositions.  I do this so that the subject isn’t floating in space.

Anyway, I spent time IMG_3306a long searching for the right wood block to no avail.  Eventually, I decided on staining a wine box purchased from Micheal’s craft store.  When I tire of this wood ‘block’ I can at least repurpose it.  I know just the person who would love a bottle of wine for the holidays.  It is almost the same color as my pochade box.

 

The painting is nowhere near finished, but I like the way it is progressing.  My plan is to continue painting red things in a series until I have 15-20 12 x 12 paintings.  I am tentatively calling the paintings ‘Crimson’ series.

Thank you for reading about my painting process.  I would love to hear from you.

My best,
Emily Warren

Lighting

I struggled with taking a photo of this oil painting of the lop-sided apple.  Every time I set E_Warren_Lopsided_apple_12x12_oil_on_woodup the camera and the lights I kept getting a weird reflection in the top left corner.  I finally got it right yesterday.  I worked some more on the transparency of the dice in the dice painting.  I don’t know if I will ever be satisfied with this one.  The cube isn’t my friend.  I wonder if I should stick with fruit or other natural things because the imperfections are easier to render.

My best,
Emily Warren

Autumn compositions

Driving home in the afternoon light with the trees in full on autumn splendor I can’t help but dream of painting a changing leaf composition.  That is one of the things I dread about painting, the set up.  I noticed that I can spend so much time on the set up that I don’t have time/light left to paint!

I  want to collect leaves, arrange them against or upon a vintage handkerchief , and start painting.  I know that once I remove the dice and the silver cup from my painting area I will need to ‘abandon’ that painting.

“Art is never finished only abandoned,”  attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.  I am not satisfied with the reflection on the dice but sometimes you just need to set up another composition?  The leaves are too spectacular not to?  If I continue with this series of crimson paintings can I forgive myself for NOT including the crimson maple leaves?  Dice are plastic.  I should be able to recreate the composition, right?

Thanks for reading my musings.

My best,
Emily Warren

Update a month after my mentoring session

I think this is 4 weeks after my mentoring session with one of my favorite artists, Abbey Ryan.  She is amazing in every way.  She gave me helpful suggestions that she asked me to try for 8-12 weeks.  Well, it’s been 4 weeks and WOW.  I  feel I have grown as an artist.  I can’t wait to have another mentoring session at the end of the 12 weeks.  Here is a shot of  the four paintings I have completed (are the ever complete?) since my session:

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I can see a difference and I like the difference!  I should post a before picture.  I will save that until the end of the 12 weeks.

Thanks for reading.

My best,
Emily Warren
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