Welcome to M.E. BAILEY ART . . . .
As an art instructor, I don't wish to hide the fact that I crash and burn often. I will always be learning. So, it all gets shown here . . .good and bad. Every painting we do counts in the learning and experience process. The failures actually are much better teachers than successes. Every piece made is a teacher. That's the fun of it: the challenge to learn.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
If you have taken this class, I need a favor . . . .PLEASE.
If you have taken this class, Please email (Click on the little envelope below for my email address) your own brief comments about your experience of the class to me. It doesn't need to be earth shaking. It just needs to be honest so that I can present it to the world. All last names will be withheld, so don't worry about your privacy. If you would permit your full name to be used, please indicate that in your email. These comments will add much to the site, so please don't hesitate.
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Thanks very much!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
PAINTING WORKSHOP IN FRANCE AUGUST 2 7 THRU SEPTEMBER 7, 2008
Experience the genteel and relaxed life in the Perigord region of France (Near Bordeaux), with Mike Bailey and friends, late this summer when the tourists vacate the area.
There is room for but 12 more people to share in the delights of this magnificent country side. We will be painting and touring almost daily for the entire time through one of France's premier areas which offer gorgeous vistas, medieval castles and villages, wineries, shopping and a cuisine that will arrest most anyones' attention. We welcome non painters, too! Because we are off on small day junkets nearly every day, the non painters find much to entertain themselves while we remain slaves to our pigments and paper. Evenings at the 17th century farmhouse are filled with good wine, laughter, art discussions and plenty of comraderie to post this trip into your eternal memory books.
Here is a link where you will see more details of where we will be and our itinerary. On this same site are photos of the charming and comfortable accomodations. Most meals, save for a few lunches, are provided as well as ground transportation. Leave your concerns at home! We handle all those little details that cloud otherwise perfect vacations.
If you would like to join us, or learn more about the trip, let me know immediately via email (click on small envelope below) as we are accepting deposits now.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
oil on linen panel, 8" x 10"
This painting began with five or six lines which were the axes of the major shapes to set up an angular composition. Then, using those axes, I made angular flat shapes to define light and shadow shapes. No details or thoughts about them. Just flat shapes that provided some sort of movement through the composition. . . . .Then slobbered on color making sure to to hit violet and blue in a few spots. Big brush first . . . .accuracy not a concern.
I wish I had taken photos of the phases of this piece . . . .the early parts of the painting made for a killer abstract . . . .I may just get out a big canvas and give that a go again . . . . . . . . . .only not finish the “tree.” Just work the abstraction so that reality is a slight suggestion. This sure is fun !!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I was taken aback by that comment because it says so much without saying anything. I had to think about it and wondered what she meant, exactly. It seems it was a supreme compliment because it suggested growth of an unnamable sort. But let me see if I can connect my painting process thoughts with what she meant . . . .
This painting may or may not reach that quality, but there are aspects that point to what I think she means. For example, the gesture is used instead of the description. The green bushes in the foreground are but mere brush marks instead of well defined “bushes” . . . . . . . .those marks suggest without calling attention. The foreground field is more of a shape of a variety of similar valued tones . . . .there is a sense of something growing there without saying it directly. (at least I hoped for that!) And the rocks at the edge of the water at the ‘island’ really are not painted
I find myself bridling my impulses . . . .holding back from making illustrations of some “thing” . . . . . .I want to leave something to the imagination and not be explicit. What I seek is to offer the viewer an opportunity to have a visual conversation with the painting. Conversation? The viewer will look at the painting which offers a hint of something, the viewer asks, the painting answers . . . . and so on. It is that quality that I seek . . .for the painting to be engaging to the viewer. And to do it by implication not replication.
Do you suppose that is what she meant by ‘graceful?’
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
"Silvi's Little Patch"
oil on linen, 8" x 12"
The time has finally come to begin playing around with some design alternatives. This time, I chose to set up a color scheme completely unlike that which was on my photo. (I don't like working from photos, but this was a scene in the Perigord Region in France last Summer which has haunted me). So . . . .we were talking about color . . .My photo is all brilliant green. And green doesn't sell . . .or so they say . . . . . . .
I chose to set up a yellow dominance and work with an analogous color scheme, rather than be enslaved to what was before me. Mind you, there is a good deal of creativity that comes into play to do this. For example, where do we put the less intense colors and where put the most intense? It is a choice, but when it is done, the entire design must reflect and support that choice. This time, there was a lot of niggling happening before the piece was completed. Translation: overworked. but Hey!, ya gotta step out of the rut now and then, right?
Actually, I have a vision for the sort of paintings I want to create . . . .with emphasis on 'create' . . . . .and most of my work up to now has been to build practice with technique and medium. As I get more comfy with it, I will play around with some different design alternatives.
Back to the color thing . . . . . .I should possibly have chosen red or orange or, even blue! Yellow has the least options when it comes to value and can become pretty yucky fast if you aren't somewhat familiar with the color wheel. I have to admit I struggled with this one. I spent all day (almost) with it yesterday and about an hour tweaking it this morning. . . . which tells me I have much more work to do. So, I'll dig in again and again. Color schemes are a great way to do something unusual and captivating versus 'just another picture.' Expect to see more from time to time.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Sometimes, I need a thorough head examination!