Gallery

All work shown is for sale by contacting dnesbitt@fromcurioustocreative.com. Sold works are listed as being in a private collection.

Day of the Lilies 8 x 10 oil SOLD
Lake Erie Morning oil 9×12 $210
Laying in the Firewood 9 x 12 oil $210 Painted in Tiger Valley near Danville, Ohio.
Wallflower Croatia Pastel 9 x 12 $150
Magic Carpet 9×12 oil $210
Painted at Inniswood MetroGarden
July July oil 8 x 10 $150
Full bloom oil 8 x 10 $150
Window Garden oil 8 x 10 $150
Cabin With a Tin Roof 9×12 oil SOLD
Luxury Madness pastel SOLD
Inniswood in Bloom 9 x 12 oil $210
Beyond the Roses 9 x 12 oil $210
Setter in the City 11 x 14 Oil $285
Springing 11 x 14 oil on canvas $285
Wallflowers Montenegro 11 x 14 Watercolor $250
Maylight 9 x 12 Oil $210
Craving Color 9 x 12 oil $210
Vermillion barn 9 x 12 $210

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Getting Motivated with Micro-Moves

Sometime last fall I tried to compose a painting by creating an abstract value pattern to paint some wildflowers. I did a value sketch and a little study in watercolor so I thought I was well prepared for an oil painting. It just never came together. I kept going far beyond the time when I should have thrown in the painting rag. I left that painting on the easel . I took me a while to realize that its ugliness was keeping me me from starting a new painting.

I was doing very little art work and that’s never a good thing for my spirit. In order to keep an art practice going during the winter I started to draw a face each day. Some days I found a famous face online. Some days I copied pictures of family.

I focused on value and shape without really caring as much about likeness. I just wanted to improve my ability to see and reproduce accurately. It was relaxing because there were no expectations. In my reading about creativity I’ve come across the idea of doing just one small thing. Some people call it micro-moves. What’s the smallest action you can take to get moving on something you need or want to do? Sketching faces was my micro-move.

Here is a sampling of the work. Names have not been included to protect privacy and to add plausible deniability if the person or their family member doesn’t think I’ve captured the likeness. So let’s just say these are studies of faces.

The micro-moves had done their work. They kept me active and eventually inspired me to get back into painting. I found the girl in the straw hat particularly interesting, so I decided I needed to paint her portrait in oils. I liked the shadows caused by the hat. I also found her features very pleasing.

Underpainting

I started with an underpainting and intended to build up layers by glazing. I did that with the blue shadows and some yellow, but I kind of lost my way so I went to more direct painting.

First glaze

As usually happens, I start to lose some of the information that was included in the underpainting. You can see changes in the shape of the eyes as I added highlights. I spent small amounts of time over a number of days getting more specific with shape and color.

I’m in the middle of another painting, but here’s a glimpse. This little girl has tormented me for years. She’s a cutie but I can never quite capture what makes her the delightful little creature that she is. Here’s my latest attempt from a picture that’s several years old. Maybe this time…

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