Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pink Rose in a Coffee Mug


I guess its time to start doing what I normally do in life, in lieu of recent happenings. I've told myself that it's time start painting again, blogging, exercising, dealing with planet earth responsibilities, etc etc... I honestly feel like i'm carrying around a bowling ball in my heart area.  Doing what I normally do does seem to create a simulation that a certain normal-ness prevails, even if it doesn't.

I started teaching an 8 week class at my studio last Saturday. I always start off with a demo to show my process - how I begin, the brushes I use, the paint/ paint consistency, what I block in first, etc etc.  I always choose a simple subject- usually apples or pears for the first demo. For the second demo (next Saturday) I will paint something more structurally complicated, like a rose or shoes or something. I decided to do a "practice" rose in a cup, just to get the paint flowing again, and get prepared.  I took photos of each step along the way, that I will hand out to the students, so they can have something they can review that shows the order and the progression. This was done on a heavy paper, which absorbs the acrylic paint so fast, I have to work even faster than I normally do. Thats OK - it forces me to really practice what I preach - "fast, loose and bold."
I thank everyone for their heartfelt responses to my last blog post. Truly, your reaching out with love helps me deal, more than I can say.

10 comments:

Julie Ford Oliver said...

You are an inspiration. Carrying on with life and getting back to your teaching. This painting is so well done with the warms and cools vibrating beautifully. Your students are very fortunate.

Nancy Colella said...

Wow! I saw that and thought of Charles Sovek! Fabulous lesson! And thanks for sharing your process to prepare for classes. It's so helpful. I love the idea of painting on paper to speed things up! Hang in there dear girl..

Kim Rempel said...

Beautiful. I just love your work.

Denise Rose said...

I love this! The white painted cup with all the color is just wonderful! Keep painting!

Patti Mollica said...

Thanks Gals. i so appreciate your thoughts - glad you like the little painting. Nancy - charles sovek? i'm so flattered - i took a workshop with him in 95 and 97. he was one of the greats, i miss him. a real master. thanks again...

Giselle McMenamin said...

Patti,

So sorry to hear your little mimi is sick. They are so very much members of the family. Hang in there. Very, very, pretty painting by the way.

Robin Rosenthal said...

Very lovely painting. I'm sorry to hear about your dog being sick. Our dogs are our family and we are theirs. Best wishes, Robin

suzannepaints said...

YES! Love it.

Nora MacPhail said...

Your paintings are just magnificent Patti! I love your painterly clean confident style. Awesome.
Happy Painting!

Patti Mollica said...

Thanks all - glad you like it, and I appreciate your support on Mimi. She is gone now, it sucks, but I know that time heals. thanks again:-)