April 2nd, 2018
Not every painting will be a "work of art" you really want to share. Sometimes you have to break away from whatever you are working on and experiment. Those practice sessions can be most helpful. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and don't want to work on a project. That is where I am at with a large horse painting. Ready to add the mane which is usually the most fun for me. But I just don't know what to do..... so I pulled out a small 5 x 7 canvas and just tried some colors I never used before. I see some potential. Not that this example is very great, but it gives me ideas. As an artist, thats how you go forward. If you are just starting to paint, never be discouraged. Everything you do in this craft takes you forward. Paint, paint and just keep painting. Like with this quick sketch.... its pretty rough, but I think I got some new ideas.
March 22nd, 2018
When I was 42 and all alone, wondering what in the heck the world was to become for me..... I made decisions about my life that would serve me today, some twenty years later. Oh how the time has flown by. But there were things important to me.... independence, pathways for my children, security, stability, peace of mind, financial security, following my passion..... helping others, finding love- true easy love, being in the country, enlightenment, joy, and by knowing what I wanted.... They became my life. I am living my dream, painting is my passion, and it all worked out. No miracles, a lot of hard work and long hours, worry, ups and downs and all around. Losing faith and questioning sometimes but living with a deep faith in a power beyond my control and a willingness to work - doing whatever it takes - I discovered God provides and will be there for those willing to believe in something greater than this limited earthly wonderful experience.
Today I give thanks, and am grateful for the passion I have found in painting. I paint the spirit within me. It has been a dream come true since I was a teenager. But those 35 + years of never giving my hand to a paint brush left an emptiness that I never understood... The haunting desire to paint was always there. If it were not for my perceptive husband who somehow knew that is what I needed, I could never have found this fulfillment.
Today.... I find myself exploring different possibilities with the simple tools of brushes, palette knives, canvas and oil paints. This month I received my first Social Security check , which I can't believe.... but it all ties in with my hidden desire to be a Painter when I retire. Working towards that end for 20 years.... Well, I still work, but not so much, and I paint.... paint to my hearts desire.
I write only to encourage you to follow you hidden desires and let them evolve.... do what you must and let the inner you become what it needs to become. Life is an enriching short time... .Enjoy and Find your passion.
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?