Who else is ready for an historic blizzard?

So we got a warning for this upcoming snowstorm. It was supposed to paralyze the northeast US. 


What to do when you're stuck in your home and you don't know when you can get out?

Aside from the emergency stuff like headlamps, water, food supplies, etc., I was also prepared to PAINT. 

 

THINGS I DID TO GET MY PAINTING GOALS DONE WHEN I KNEW I'd BE STUCK IN THE HOUSE

2 Goals:
1. Work on a new painting "Adam."
2. Experiment with solvent-free painting AKA Banish The Terpenoid (BTT)

Action steps:
1. Shot my reference photos on Sunday with my iphone (see pics below.)
2. Bought my canvas at Jerry's Artarama on Monday (they are having a 20% off canvases deal. Yay!)
3. Bought Walnut Oil and a new cleaning container for my BTT Experiment.

Here are my reference pics of my friend Tone. We were at church and he was kind enough to pose for me. This took about 10 minutes max. I just messed around with the edit function on my phone to play around with values (how light or how dark things are). Which one speaks to you?
 

ADAM #1

ADAM #1

ADAM #2

ADAM #2

ADAM #3

ADAM #3

Ok, obviously #1 is too dark, but by putting these three up, I just noticed that #1 and #2 are two different poses. #1 & #3 are the same pose, but just different effects. Comparing these right next to each other helped me see which one I liked best - quickly. Clarity through engagement! (Thank you, Marie Forleo, for teaching me this great concept!)

Putting some reference lines down doe placement of the body.

Putting some reference lines down doe placement of the body.

I missed painting on a big canvas. It's cool!

I missed painting on a big canvas. It's cool!

Many corrections still to come. Putting down the darks and lights to get me excited!

Many corrections still to come. Putting down the darks and lights to get me excited!

So Snowmageddon didn't arrive in Princeton. Thank goodness! But I was happy that I was prepared to paint. 

Adam is coming along nicely (yes, I did take the Adam #2 photo) And so far, I haven't touched any Terpenoid - just used good ole Walnut oil (thinly - shout out to Mary Bentz Gilkerson for encouraging me to start this.) Goals achieved! 

It was a good painting day. My minimal materials that gave me a good start for the painting below:

  • canvas
  • two oil tubes (burnt umber, titanium white)
  • walnut oil
  • three brushes
  • paper towels and newspaper

BIG PICTURE

There will be times when you know you'll be stuck in the house for whatever reason. You can make use of that time to create, but you must be prepared! What's the minimum amount of things you need for your next art project?

ACTION STEP

Don't want to go out and buy art supplies? Let them come to you: check out these online art stores. Get inspired and shop from home.
jerrysartarama.com (They have a great store in Lawrenceville, NJ - staff is always so helpful!)
dickblick.com
cheapjoes.com (haven't ordered from them yet, but heard good things)

To be prepared is half the victory.
— Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote)