Just in case anyone wanted to have a peek at what I've been working on, here it is! It took exactly one year (to the day!) but it's finished! A series of ten commissioned paintings for the Cadence development in Las Vegas.
It was a challenge, and an incredible learning experience and I'm so thankful for it. It was the perfect project for this season in my life.
It was like maybe God knew I was going to slack off and stop challenging myself in my painting (what with a newborn and all), so He dropped this in my lap.
"No slacking, here's something scary that's going to help you grow!"
People asked me when I was pregnant if I thought the subject of my art would change after I had the baby. I can confidently say that the things I'm drawn to paint are pretty much the same. What has changed though is the size! If I'm going to sacrifice sleep to paint then I better paint something substantial!
What a perfect perch to stop and watch the waves. I was drawn to paint this piece because of the dark shadows in the rock, and the purply shadow it was casting on the ground. Also the deep teal of the ocean waves were just crying to be painted!
Nap fights, tantrums, and FLEAS. That is what my week has been filled with. Needless to say there's been very little time to paint. The good news is we got a new vacuum to fight the fleas and I'm ridiculously in love with it.
I painted this one a few weeks ago and I'm finally getting around to posting it. I loved the gold tones of the field contrasted with the blueness of the sky. It was fun to play with these bright colors.
I had this piece all sketched out and ready to paint on a 5x7 panel....and then I looked at it and thought "I'm going to have to mix all those colors anyway, I might as well paint it large!". And thus began my current project of big paintings. It makes me feel like I've accomplished more when I use an entire naptime to start something big, rather than something so small.
There was going to be more to this post, but I hear a chorus of "ball, ball, ball, ball" from the other room, which means the baby is up.
The part that drew me to this scene was that intensely blue sky, how flat the sand looks, and how the palm trees were reaching up so gracefully... I kind of want to paint this on a very large scale sometime.
The part that drew me to this piece was the shrubbery on the path, I really liked how bright the flowers on top were, contrasted with the dark underside. It also gave me a chance to paint those bluish purplish shadows that I love, and that little peek of the ocean on the left.
Sometimes if you could look into my head you might be surprised to find out why I've chosen to paint a particular piece. Like this one for example, I did not look at this and think "what a cute yellow house I think I'll paint it". Not at all, it was that tiny purple-y shadow next to the small window, my thought was "I have to paint that shadow". The white trim and the lawn were a bonus.
The studio tour went very well! I had a lot more visitors than I anticipated. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, it was so good to see some of you again! And thank you for all the encouragement, something this tired mom really needed.
Here's a simple still life I painted for the tour:
I stumbled upon this scene while wandering around Carp, waiting for the sleeping baby strapped to my chest to wake up. Baby nap, exercise, and a painting find? Now that's my kind of multitasking. I was probably getting a bit of a tan too. Quadruple score! That's probably the max amount of productive I'll be this week.
If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, then you know that I LOVE painting white buildings (they have the best shadows), and I love palm trees. This painting let me do both.
I've finished a bunch of new paintings that will be available on a first come first serve basis during the upcoming studio tour. Things are really coming together around here!
Also, the preview show at Gallery 855 (855 Linden Ave) has it's opening reception this Friday (May 2) from 5:00-7:00. I'm looking forward to viewing some excellent work and enjoying this unbelievably beautiful weather!
The Carpinteria Valley Artists Studio Tour is coming up and I'm a part of it! As always the tour is Mother's Day weekend (May 10&11) and this new mom would be so excited if you stopped by for a peek in my studio.
Let's see, there will be snacks, a free gift, a cute baby, and oh yeah paintings for sale at studio prices! I'll be participating both days from 10-5, hope to see you there!
Here's a map with all the information and participating artists.
I've had this painting sitting around for at least 2 months now, forgotten on the drying shelf. I wanted to paint something fun and bright and this fit the bill.
Oil on canvas panel, 9x12 inches
I've been getting the itch to paint recently, actually it's more of an ache. I'll be out and see something that inspires me and my insides hurt because I can't paint it right that moment. I've been working on a commission the last few months that will be taking all my creative/free time up until at least March. So I'm painting, but it's a different kind of painting.
And here's a little peek at where all my energy is going....
Lillian Marie, 6 months old
How could I possibly complain about sacrificing my painting time for this little one :) She's totally worth it. And one day, she'll sleep through the night (it will happen), and while she is is sleeping, her momma will paint.
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.