Sunday, April 17, 2011

Painting with Sarah

Depravity 6

Sarah's Painting

Last night I was in the studio when my daughter Sarah came in asked if she could paint too. I was pleasantly surprised. She's almost 18 and I don't think she has asked that since she was in the early years of elementary school. Anyway I said, "Sure!, what would you like to paint?" She said she didn't care, "...lets just paint something together." So I fetched two painting surfaces and chose a palette that I thought would be fun for this exercise. It was Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine, Cadmium Orange, Cobalt Turquoise, Alizarin Crimson and Thalo Green. I created a dark Sepia hue by mixing Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, then poured it around in various locations on the surface. I  showed Sarah how to move  the pigment around to catch some of the sides so as not to center anything but all the while leaving some valuable white space. Next we added Cadmium Orange and Cobalt Turquoise in various locations. Finally, we pulled it together using a Gray made from Alizarin Crimson, Thalo Green and gesso. These two paintings are our results.












  1. Hey there Stan, Great images! Nice shapes, love the marks, very emotive.
    I hope your painting sessions with your daughter continue. Maybe we will have another wonderful artist from your family!

  2. These drawings are wonderful--almost skeletal remains of something not totally recalled.

  3. It must have been great fun painting with your daughter! My kids used to work along side me at my easel when they were little, but of course they outgrew wanting to do that. Both said they had no interest in being artists. Now my son is a part-time professional photographer, and my daughter likes to make all kinds of things- jewelry, gifts, cards, etc., and loves interior decorating. I just look at them and say, "Ha!"

    Love the ink drawings, too, Stan. What media did you use for these?

  4. Tonya - Thanks, Hope all is well with you and you're out of harms way.

    JB - She starts college in August, Bio-med.

    Hallie - Thanks, I like to leave possibilities for the viewer by suggesting a thing or two.

    Sharmon - Thanks, one of my daughters is a photographer. She does very nice work. You can check it out here

    The drawings are done with ink pens, Pilot Precise V5 or V7.

  5. Your pieces are intriguing. Love the loose expressive dark black marks. The drawings are very mysterious and eerie.

  6. You both came out with good ones :) How wonderful to see her taking an interest and giving art another go. I really enjoyed your painting at this year's WFWS.... congratulations!