Waiting, Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″copyright 2014 Isabel Forbes
Recently I was part of an art exhibit where artists were invited to paint a portrait of themselves on a 30″x30″ canvas.
I really found this idea a fun challenge. After many thoughts came and went I landed on the idea of painting myself in one of my own paintings.
The window scene is from a local Spartanburg, SC USA restaurant/landmark named Venus Pizza. Several years ago this was the subject of one of my paintings and I loved how the window divided up the space.
Gallery East Self Portrait art reception
November 21, 2013 I will be have an art show at Gallery East in Spartanburg, SC exhibiting paintings I created on location (plein-air) and studio paintings inspired by my plein-air paintings.
Leading up to the show I’ll begin to post some of my adventures and pics to go along with them.
One a recent camping trip to Camp Croft I set up my easel to record some of what I was seeing around me. This particular site has a panorama view of the lake. It sure is magical to wake up in the morning to see the sun rising over the water. This was a short stay with rain coming in to shorten it even more, so I was able to paint this one sketch. 10″x8″ oil on linen.
Mid June I will be traveling to the adirondacks to paint with over 100 other plein-air artists so I should come home with a lot to share.
I’m back home after the Bo Bartlett workshop in Columbus, GA. I had so much swirling around in my head so I look the day off to think about my experience.
The last day we applied color over our grisaille. Here is the head shot of the figure painting I was working on. I didn’t complete it so I can see the entire process from the uncolored areas. A really great exercise for me.
Here is Bo’s painting-
Here is Bo’s palette-
Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cad Red Med, Cad orange, Cad Yellow Med, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cad Green, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Violet
In addition to working on our paintings we went for a walk to see the third venue of work that downtown Columbus was exhibiting their native son’s work. This venue had paintings, journals and sketches along with other pieces of memorabilia. The three places exhibiting Bo’s work will be up for a few weeks so if you are anywhere near Columbus, GA I suggest you visit!
In addition to great technical painting and drawing direction Bo offered amy inspiring life lessons to apply to both our art and our lives.
Happy Drawing & Painting!