Changes!

Tons of changes happening around here! I've been missing from my website for a little while as life, the day job, and so many other things got my focus instead. Life has been crazy enough that I haven't even been able to dedicate my time to photography either (of course I have been painting though). Hopefully, things are settling down a little now and I can keep this going!

My new website! 

My new website! 

Here's a list of what's been going on website-wise.

  1. I am doing a complete overhaul of the design of my website! I'm pretty excited about this one. It just seems so pretty to me (hopefully you like it too!). This includes the colors, design, and layout. Hopefully, I'm done with the major changes, but if things still move around a little bit, please, be patient with me!
  2. I'm starting to add some of my paintings as a preview of what will be available soon. This will be getting fleshed out a lot more as I get the time. I originally thought about having a separate website for my painting but I just don't have the time to maintain two websites. So hopefully, you won't mind seeing both here. 
  3. My blog has moved from blog.bethwold.com to www.bethwold.com/blog I've been using Blogger forever but I'm so in love with my new website that I want my blog to match. 
  4. My photographs are now available to buy directly from my website! No more having to go to a third party to buy my photographs. 

That's the list so far. Hard to believe this much effort and time can be reduced to 4 bullet points!  Let me know what you think in the comments. Yea or Nay? 

Horse Painting

Horse Painting

So I haven't been doing a lot of photography lately(though I do have new stuff from Ireland last year that I will post soon). I have, however, been working on painting quite a bit in the last two years. Unfortunately, I have been in a bit of a frustrating slump in the last month or so - basically hating everything I worked on. Finally, I made something that I'm halfway happy with. 

I decided to try my hand at a horse painting - a subject I love to photograph. The above photo shows the current state of my painting. I'm pretty surprised I like it, as I don't normally like painting with reds and oranges. Here's a few work in progress photographs:

Day 1

Day 1

Day 1. First I painted the background with acrylic paint. A lot of purple and tan. After that dried, I spent some time studying it while turning it upside down, 90 degrees, etc. I've been trying to exercise the ability to see shapes or picture in my abstract backgrounds - ideas that I want to bring forward into the final painting. I did see the partial image of a horse's jaw and mane hidden in the background, and decided that's what the painting would be(sorry, I didn't take a photo of this step - not sure if anyone else would've seen the horse or not). Next up browns and tans, trying to bring the horse to life. The jaw(mandible?) is wrong here, but sometimes I need to step back, photograph the work, to figure out what's not working. I ended the day here. Don't feel I'm out of the slump yet, but much happier than I'd been for a while with my paintings. 

Day 2. I had two goals on day two. I wanted to fix the proportion issues, and I wanted to brighten the painting(I just wasn't in the mood for browns and dark purples). Here's how I ended day two. I felt it was better... but still not happy with it, and still not feeling out of the "I hate everything I've done" slump.

Horse in oil 36x36

Day 3. I decided that part of my "I hate everything I've done" slump was that I just wasn't liking the look of acrylic paint. I missed the richness of oils. I really try to like acrylic - you can do some amazing things with it. One of my favorite things with acrylic is dripping paint - and I've yet to find a way to satisfactorily mimic that in oil. So I keep trying to like acrylic... and just keep coming back to oil.  

Anyway, due to my frustration with several of the paintings I've been working on, I decided to just play with this one a bit, and see what happened. First off, I used oil sticks with the lovely yellow, and some blue. I was starting to like it. Then I got my regular oils out, and put a glove on, and decided to "finger paint" - meaning I didn't use a brush, just my hands and occasionally a palate knife. I started with the background, greens, oranges, some cold wax, and even sand for texture. Didn't really like it, so I scraped most off at one point and started over. Then I moved to the horse. I used that gorgeous red color - a color I have previously avoided in paintings, as I normally don't like it. Here, this time, it spoke to me - made me happy! Some purples, blues, yellows, and greens later - I'm liking the horse, so I go back to the background. Finally, I'm done, as the paints too wet to do any more without making a mess. But, at this point I decided the edges were all to "sterile"... I don't know how else to describe it - I wanted it to be more free and less "perfect" so I just kinda smeared it with my hands - outward from the horse. Finally! I like something I'm working on, again. It's a nice feeling! I haven't decided if I'm done yet. Time will tell!

Back from Ireland

Sheep on Inishbofin Island

So it's been a bit quiet here on the blog, part of the reason is that I've been out of the country. Between the trip, and prep for the trip, and now recovery from the trip, I've been a little busy!

So about the trip... I was in Ireland for two and a half weeks. We traveled much of the country and saw many amazing things. Such a beautiful landscape, and depending on where you were, it could change drastically from the landscapes seen elsewhere in the country. I'm still working away at going through my photographs from the trip, and here's a sneak peak of one that I'm fond of.

This was taken right after we arrived on Inishbofin Island(on the west coast of Ireland) via ferry. The weather was extremely windy, and the sea very rough(there were waves above the roof of the ferry!) and I did find it a bit terrifying. However, when we docked I saw this out the window of the ferry. I was in a hurry to get on land and take the photograph before either the sheep moved out of sight, or the sliver of sunlight on the grass disappeared!

I will be posting more from Ireland as I make my way through the photographs. I hope you all are doing well, and that your Summer(for the those in the northern hemisphere) is going well.

Working on Painting - Namib Desert

18x24 Oil painting

So I mentioned earlier this year that I was going to be painting this year. I've actually made a few that I kind of like now, including the one above. (ignore the shadow at the middle top of the painting - it was being cast by the easel). 

So what do you think? Anybody else out there working in multiple mediums?  Do you think it helps or hurts to work in other mediums than photography?