February 14th, 2018
Sometimes life gets in the way and our art takes a back seat. For example in early January while out on a walk when it was very icy my loving dog blindsided me and down I went. The full force land on my wrist put me out of commission. As soon as I could I figured a way to get back into painting, I did. Oil painters know clean up is half the battle, doing that with one hand is difficult. After a couple weeks of healing I discovered that using a palette knife was just the thing with limited mobility. Not only did it make for easier clean up, in the process I discovered some new techniques and started an entire series of paintings which I call my WIld Horse series. ( http://cherylnancyanngordon.com/ see Horse Gallery).
We are often moved in directions when life's adversities hit. So go with it and see what happens. But never let life get in the way of your passion, just find a way around it. You just might be surprised at the outcome!
December 30th, 2017
Getting a good picture without glare for your art work is not that hard!!!
I usually finish my paintings at night and like to photograph them right away. Plus I live in SW Montana and its not always possible to go outside and shoot a nice picture with natural light in the shade. Too many weather factors.
I struggled to get a good photo of my art and found this to be so frustrating. A lot of my work has high gloss and that just reflects as white light so often. I searched for what other people were doing and didn't find much. By accident I discovered that if a I take a 16 x 20 sheet of white or cream mat board, and simply hold that up between the light source and image and I can virtually eliminate most of the glare. It is important that the room be fairly well lit in order to bring out other details.
With the great cameras in phones and point and shoot digital cameras we have much greater options. A couple other pointers that are important is to make sure the angle of your camera is the same plane as your painting. Try to get the image to fill the picture as much as possible but leave some edges, then crop it clean.
Sounds so simple and like most good solutions.... it is!
Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon
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December 15th, 2017
If you are an avid painter, I bet you have lots of completed pieces laying around just waiting to be framed. You would much rather be painting and creating than the tedious task of framing. Anyone relate? Well, that's my story for sure. Its not that I mind the framing, its the gathering of materials and putting everything together to do this task. Once I actually, get a piece matted and framed, it is very satisfying. I need to work on this part of my process.
Yesterday, I bought 20 frames and am in the process of actually completing some of my work. I discovered that I really like the "floating mount" idea. For many of my pieces that is ideal. Well, I haven't the first clue in how to go about doing this. In my typical fashion, I just did it.
The picture here is an example of a Floating Mount. Its 12 x 16 on canvas in a 16 x 20 inch frame. I was pleased with myself for completing this task. In the process of hanging it in my hallway, and I should of used two hands. Low and behold, it slipped out of my hand and fell to the floor. I damaged the frame and the image came loose from the mat board. This is the reason for my post.
I learned that the green gorilla painters tape is probably Not the best adhering material. So out of this "slip up" this morning, I researched the process of Floating Mount and I thought I would share that with you.
I discovered that it is important to use an archival bonding material and the most recommended one is: filmoplast. I found some on Amazon. Neschen Filmoplast P Archival Mending Tape, 1"x100' for $17.98. It is also helpful to have a burnishing bone to adhere the tape for added strength. Those are also easy to find on Amazon.
Just the bit of information was all I needed. Can't wait for these two items to come in so I can get framing.
Hope this bit of information is helpful and you too can start completing your art projects!!!
April 24th, 2017
I am an impatient painter.
I never want to quit til I am done...
I have to give these oils some drying time!
on pause for the time being.
April 24th, 2017
Many artists struggle with self doubt. Especially after being away from the brush and pallet for a few days. The past week I was working on the road, away from my painting studio. Coming back home, I was excited to do some painting but the thought of starting a larger size project was intimidating to me. So I pulled out a smaller cedar board that I like to have on hand. Its 7 x 16 and decided I would just do a random sketch of whatever might want to express itself. That is how I created this Oil on Cedar small Impressionistic Landscape Painting.
My advise is don't let your brain get in the way of creativity. Just go for it, break the ice and enjoy the process! Once you get warmed up and in the swing again.... those ideas will rush right in and your fun continues!
Enjoy your passion,
Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon
April 24th, 2017
Finally figured out how to use my tablet for reference photos as I am painting. Normally, a phone screen or tablet screen will "time Out" so you don't use up all your battery power. There are times, like when you are covered in paint and really don't want it all over your key board or screen, and you wish you could keep the photo on! Been there many times...... there is a cool app, actually several of them. Go to Google play store or apple apps and search Time out. Download an app and when you run the app and click on your photo you are using for reference painting it will STAY ALIVE without your screen going blank on you. The one thing I noticed on my screen is it will dim on me. I can use use the back side of my knuckle which is about the only part of me that doesn't have paint on it and tap the screen when I need to check my photo. It will brighten up. It sure beats printing out a photo all the time. Just thought some others might benefit from that little tidbit. KEEP PAINTING!
December 14th, 2016
As I lay in bed, unable to sleep, and not really driven to go paint like I usually do, I was thinking about painting. The thoughts that struck me were about the driving force behind a good painting. Then, I realized its no different for a speaker, musician, writer, even a good house cleaner. Its the same, when something works, its really because there was a total connectivity on a strong emotional level. You are energized and charged, and there is a compelling force that drives you to do what you do. I have noticed that sometimes, I paint because I want a diversion and my heart isn't really there, but I think it should be. Those are usually the paintings I am not so thrilled with and tend to take more time than I care to put in them. Other times, I become so at one with the oils, brush and canvas that I just can't paint fast enough. Everything just moves and flows from something within me that doesn't even seem real. After words, I will often wonder, in amazement.... how did I do that?
I found myself puzzled about this and asked how do we consistently get that connected feeling, that emotional charge that just sweeps past the conscious mind and another deeper unconscious self emerges and takes over?
February 16th, 2015
Is this NORMAL???? Ha, looking at my "work" place I realize I have about 6 different projects in the making. I do this all for fun. Since I now have my own space and don't have to worry about cleaning up, creating has taken on a whole new life. I feel more free to just get in there and paint. Start a new, leave old ones around for just the right to pick them up and work on them some more. Its made my life, my Art life, so much more fun. My studio is in my office. I find its encroaching upon my office space. Thats great, because it means I really have shifted my prioities to doing the fun stuff in life instead of just work. WHAT DOES Your WORK Space look like? Mine is really a mess. Please post photos, I think we would all enjoy taking a peek!
February 15th, 2015
These are “Portraits” of my chickens. I only have five. Rhode Island Reds, a bold, go anywhere, independent type of chicken, and great layers. They have developed the habit of coming to the front door and the other day this is what I saw as I was eating breakfast, peeking right in the front door window. My challenge in painting is getting started, letting loose with the brush and then knowing when to end. I always want to do more when I think I should be almost done. The “more” is not usually what I want so with Double Trouble I am simply stopping without adding the “more”. I started with a used canvas that I picked up at a garage sale and painted the background over it. There is lots of texture in this piece because of the previous painting. I like texture. A lot of times painting with acrylics it’s a little flat. With this painting, I wanted it to be rough and I really loaded on the paint. In person this really shows. 16 x 20 Inch Acrylic on Canvas Board.
Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon
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