Monday, November 29, 2010

A New Perspective

It's the Inside That Counts 
12 x 12 oil on canvas
© 2010 Amy Hillenbrand

It's funny how things can change depending on your perspective. Before Thanksgiving, I was stressing about painting.  I was stressing because I was pushing to get a certain amount of paintings done for a show that is opening this week.  The paintings are now hung for the show, the turkey's been cooked, the family has come, the family has gone and now I can't wait to get painting again. Maybe next time I'll just skip the stressing part and enjoy the painting.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Canvas Envy

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Boot
18 x 14 oil on canvas
© 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
I saw these lovelies at a local store and thought in that moment I just have to take a picture of boots. Then I went home and painted them and just as I had anticipated, they were incredibly fun to paint. As you know, I love to paint shoes and I love to paint critters. It was like having those two fun subjects in one. But then something unexpected happened. I had canvas envy. Yes, I was and am deeply envious of what is now on my canvas. I want these boots. Santa, do you read blogs? Maybe one of his elves reads blogs...
Have a Happy and Fuzzy Wuzzy Warm Thanksgiving.

Come see Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Boot  at the Prickly Pear Gallery, Austin, TX
Reception Dec. 2nd
on display until Dec. 23rd

Friday, November 19, 2010

Window Shopping

Say Ahhh © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 oil on canvas

Now that I've been painting shoes, wherever I go I see shoes, they catch my attention all the time.  I saw these little beauties in a store window on Newbury Street in Boston.  My husband and I  went to  New England this fall to see the leaves and somehow I found myself shopping, go figure.Wonderful, wonderful shopping, I digress... There they were staring at me with their tongues hanging out like they were all saying ahhh for the doctor. I just had to paint them. You understand don't you?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oldies but Goodies

   Always in Vogue © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
16 x 20 oil on canvas

I love watching the old black and white movies from the 30's and 40's. There is nothing better to do on a rainy day than curl up with a blankie, turn on the movie channel and take in an oldie. I love the glamorous  clothes and shoes and the happy endings. These shoes remind me of those days and  these wonderful shoes are actually mine this time.  I feel like a million bucks when I wear them, but it's just not everyday I'm sporting 5" heels. (Yeah, no, I don't wear them to paint in) They remind me of the old glamor days of Hollywood, so to get just a little more use out of them I thought they could pose with this wonderful book of portraits by the famous photographer Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann. I hope Horst would approve.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Week in Review

You Looking at Me?
6 x 6 oil on board
This is the second  painting I did in my Karen Jurick's painting workshop. She emphasized to paint what you like the most about your photograph. Well this little dog certainly caught my attention and I sooo didn't want to paint the owners face. 

Over Where?
8 x 5 oil on board
#3   People! Oh boy! Very scary for me. Here's my theory. Do what the teacher does, there is a reason she is a successful selling artist.  I didn't pay money to do in class what I normally do at home. She paints on board, I painted on board; she paints small, I'll painted small; she paints people, I'll give people the ole' college try.

8x 6 oil on board
#4, this one I tried a figure and a face, very very scary.  I love the way Karen captures the body expressions in her paintings, here's my attempt at that.  She also paints on a black toned board, I do like the way the black peaks through the green grass. I do intend to go back to my normal subject matter, but hopefully I can successfully integrate some of what I learned.

Monday, November 8, 2010

You'all Look Back Now, Hear?

10 x 8, oil on board
This was one of my class studies, it was a piece Karen has in the Morris & Whiteside Galleries on Hilton Head Island. She said she learned a lot from this piece, so the first day of class we all gave it a whirl.

I'm  fresh back from a painting workshop with my painting idol, Karen Jurick.  If you haven't seen her paintings, when you are finished reading, click back on her name and check them out.  They are all such little jewels. Each one oozing with incredible personality.  Just like Karen, hmm... interesting how that works, isn't it? 

Looking back at the week, I learned so much, but I have to say the biggest lesson was: don't worry about rules, let go and free yourself of what "they" say you should do or not do. She paints from pictures she takes ("they" say this is wrong, ha!) and demonstrated over and over again that you can take a mediocre snapshot and turn it into something fabulous. Be creative with your color and if you don't like something in the picture-change it! Yeah, I know, duh, but sometimes one has to hear something over and over again until one actually really hears it and takes it in.

As you probably already know, one of the great benefits about going to workshops is all the great people you meet.  This Yankee from Wisconsin was in a room with southern bells and their amazing accents. I've never heard so many you'alls in one week-what a riot! See us all oogling at our teacher while she demonstrates her techniques.