Monday, September 21, 2009

"Black Plums"

I have post-ums all over my studio with scribbled reminders. Thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Most are from various art teachers and art friends from the past ten years.
*Paint the light and shadow
*See it, mix it, put it down
*Color temperature is relative to other colors
*A painting always has movement, find it
*Open edges continue, hard edges stop
*Simplify everything into shapes and value
*step back and observe
*fewer values=greater impact
There's so much to think about when your painting. It's nice getting lost in all that.
8"x8" oil on gallery-wrapped linen


Honor Martinez said...

Thanks for the little reminders, I have note books filled with them and also do cheat sheet for my studio. I liked yours. Your black plums shows you followed the reminders. Nice painting.

loriann said...

ooooooooooh! This is gorgeous Susan!
Love your little sticky reminders.. it's nice to know even you need them!

Karen said...

Thanks for posting everything I need to know about painting. will get my stickies now.

Pam Holnback said...

Great reminders! Beautiful highlights and edges on this one.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Honor, When you've time, I hope you'll share some of your reminders on your blog. love those bits of wisdom

Hi Loriann, I am so so glad to hear your say "gorgeous" because I was hoping after all is said and done, that would be the result.

Karen you are so funny because you and I know our list keeps growing and growing and growing...

Hi Pam, Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

Jala Pfaff said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Jill Berry said...

Nice to soak up this wisdom. Thanks.
And, so nice to see how it all pulls together to create art with elegance.
A wonderous work!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Susan!

I'm just catching up on some of my blog readings.

These are gorgeous. I love the richness in the colors you used. Very nice.

susan hong-sammons said...

Thank you very much Jala.

Jill, I appreciate your rich compliment. Thank you!

Hi Kathleen,
I'm happy to hear that the colors read "rich" as I was going for that.

tonypetersart said...

Beautiful plums, and the painting appears to have a nice surface.

rahina q.h. said...

ah, you've put me in the mood to paint still lifes and with the reminders it is going to be a dawdle... this is a beautiful piece, very atmospheric and rich. r.

susan hong-sammons said...

Good Morning Tony
Hello Rahina
Thank you for taking time out to peek at my blog. I'm enjoying watching yours too! Happy Painting

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Beautiful painting Susan, the color is so subtle and soft...
Thanks for the painting reminders!

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Dana,
Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad to know the efforts paid-off. Do you keep a list of painting reminders?