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New website live!

My website is all new and updated! It’s also responsive, that means it works on smart phones as well. I can now upload pictures myself and finally keep it current. Web design by Indus3ous.com. Have a look, if you like: http://www.frankeber.com

I will continue to post paintings and painting tips here on my blog and, reluctantly, on facebook also. I generally detest anything social media and I think it’s insidious how they exploit this thing that was once good!
Just to give you an idea: An art page that doesn’t pay them money (like mine) won’t get the posts seen by many people. Even if the number of page followers is high, the algorithms they’re using make it sure that posts are not distributed widely. Same goes for posting itself: if you spend less time on there it works against you! The less you post, the less traffic will be directed to your page.
All the pages, the ‘suggestions’ you see popping up on the right side of your stream are basically paid advertisements.

As artists we have no choice but to be on there for the obvious exposure. Although it is debatable what inherent value there is in connecting to all these other artists who basically do the same thing as me. Same goes for this or any other blog, of course. In the end it might be good for filling workshops and that’s about it!
Thanks for reading my general rant!



Vermont in October

I was really looking forward to this one and Vermont did not disappoint! Everything was wonderful: the location, the Landgrove Inn, the people and the weather! Only one rainy day out of four glorious days of sunshine and cool, crisp temperatures.

Staying at the Landgrove Inn was great. It is truly a place to get away from everything. Tucked between two mountains in southern Vermont, you won’t find a better place to recharge your batteries from your day to day hectic life! Everything was taken care of: breakfast, lunch and dinner! All we had to do was show up. Tom even catered our lunch when we were painting in a nearby town. How does it sound to just paint for a whole week with nothing else to worry about?? The Landgrove Inn is the place to do it, second to none! Thanks so much, Maureen and Tom!

Painting en plein air is the greatest teacher ever! One of the biggest issues students have is editing the scene in front of us, last week was no exception. That goes both for shapes and objects as well as color. Just as a scene is overloaded with lots of information, it is also overloaded with lots of color. Especially in Vermont in the fall! Both must be simplified.

In my workshops, I teach a way to look at a scene with the eyes of a painter! While we try to capture what’s in front of us, we must not get tempted to put in everything we see. First of all, it can’t be done anyways. Second, it won’t even look appealing. Third, why paint it at all? Why not just take a photograph and leave it at that?

I teach painting. I don’t care about watercolor. Painting is painting and in order to do it successfully, we must learn how to see right. Before adding anything to a scene I always ask myself whether it adds positively to the picture. Will it support the message of the painting? Will it add to the design and composition? Or is it just another repetition of what’s already there?

The thing to understand is the light and dark pattern first and foremost. What colors you end up using is completely secondary. If the pattern and design is good, the painting will be good!

A week in La Crosse, WI Part II

Here are more paintings, either done onsite or studio works from photographs and sketches I did on my trip.
Next stop: Vermont, leaving this week. I will be at the landgrove Inn for the next week or so. The workshop won’t start until Monday, so I will have plenty of time to paint for myself! I will check in again after.

Famous farm in Vermont

roadside action, by frankeber 2012

roadside action, by frankeber 2012

roadside action, VT detail

roadside action, VT detail

The subject of this painting is the lovely Jenne Farm in Vermont. It is one of the last historic, functioning farms in the United States. It is also the most photographed.

If you want to visit, do it soon because there’s no telling  how much longer it will be there. Sadly, one of the buildings is barely hanging on, and the same goes for the owners from what I have heard. It would be a shame to see this landmark disappear. It is a piece of  American history.

One of my friends who moved to Vermont once said, ‘I’ll never paint a red barn’. Well, that lasted about two days before he broke down simply because….ALL the barns are red!!! LOL  Well, that’s an exaggeration but there’s some truth to it, there are just way too many red barns!

In order to avoid a cheesy painting, I toned the red way down by mixing in some neutrals. I was intrigued by the shadow play on the tin roofs of the buildings. To me, that’s the real subject of this painting. Never mind that it’s a grey and foggy day and in reality, there wouldn’t be any shadows at all!  I never paint reality, I paint what I feel the scene should look like. Or at least I try. The cows are not contained there in any way. They can walk where ever they feel like. It reminded me of Switzerland minus the cow bells.

Vermont is a great state.  You’d be hard pressed to find many of these awful fast food places anywhere in the countryside. There are all kinds of mom and pop places that sell regional specialties and Vermont lawmakers recently introduced a resolution asking the Federal government for increased jurisdiction over what foods can be purchased using the state’s food stamps. The goal is to make it impossible to purchase junk food with food stamps. A great idea, in my opinion.

I want to thank Everyone for visiting my blog this past year! 2012 was a great year, here’s to 2013 to make it even better! Happy and Prosperous New year to You, Dear Reader!