I had drawn some pears on a blue sheet of paper and imagined if I did a painting of them with a blue background it would look nice... so set this up and began a little 5x7 inch painting...
...this is the painting I wound up with, and I felt like it was ok, but didn't have anything special about it. I felt like, if I could wipe this painting off even after having worked on it for a few hours, would I care? I didn't, and I wiped it off... and the next day started over with something a little different....
I folded up some origami butterflies and added one to the set up... and started painting, I liked this much better.... (I temporarily put those black strips of paper around the painting to help "frame" it in a way.. it sort of helped me visualize the composition in the space better)
Here is a picture of my set up, and the start of my painting. I used my camera to take several photos of the cup and lemon in different positions, also with and without the cloth... I chose the composition I liked best and used it to start my painting. The set up remained for me to paint from life, as a photo never really has the best color or feel of the real thing!
Hello! and Happy New Year! This is the first painting I've done this year. I had gotten a variety of fruits a couple of weeks ago, but busy with the holidays, I just didn't have the time to spend painting them. So, I thought I might spend a bit of time making some arrangements with the fruit and other objects and photographing them white they were still fresh. Now, with the holidays over, I still have a few pieces of this fruit to refer to, but it was fun looking back over my photos and choosing one to paint. I don't usually work this way, but it was fun and worked out nicely.
(note: at the time I took the photo of the painting, I hadn't signed it, but it is signed now)
I set my ipad up with my photo displayed to paint by!
Here are a couple of progress photos.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my artwork!
The holidays are quickly approaching... and with Christmas only a few short days away I've been too busy to even think about sitting down to paint. But, today I found myself sitting at my easel working on a painting that I had done a few weeks ago but wasn't really happy with. I made a little pile of clementines, they really are darling (like it says on the bag) so cute and small.... and I added some cranberries in for color.
I picked out a few of my favorite drawings from this year, and matted them. You can view some of them on my drawing blog, here, by scrolling down the page. They are in a variety of medium, charcoal, pastel and graphite.
I love the unusual shape of pomegranates, and wanted to paint one. I looked for one that still had the little tips still attached on top. This one had a couple tips missing, but still such a beautiful red, and fun shape to paint. Here are a couple in progress pics... I had chosen a piece of decorative paper to use in the background, but decided not to use it.
Finally, a new painting to post! And I really love this one, the combination of orange, blue and turquoise is so attractive to me. The flower pattern is a sheet of decorative paper, and so is the blue base. The white cup is from the Goodwill store.
This is painted on a canvas panel that I had applied about 3-4 extra coats of gesso, and then a coat of acrylic paint in a neutral shade. You can see some of my other drawings of the little collection of gourds I had picked up from a nearby farm market here. I love all of their shapes and colors!
I started this one on the white gessoed surface with very thin oil paint. I waited about an hour hoping this underpainting would be dry enough to work on top of. It wasn't quite dry enough, but I went ahead and continued anyway. I painted in the background first, then the fruit.
The finished photo above is a bit bright.. especially the green apple around the highlight.
I recently did some drawings of crab apples from my backyard tree. (see them here) I decided to do a painting too, since I just love the contrast in colors of yellow/green and red.
I started with a pencil sketch on a gessoed panel...
After the sketch, I sealed the drawing with a mix of turp. and damar varnish. (I'm trying that again, making sure to wipe off the excess better) Once it was dry, I colored in with thinned oil paint...and then, I put it up on my easel to finish. I added some more leaves to fill out the space better.
So, just trying something a little bit different. This is a canvas board that I added 3 or 4 extra coats of gesso to, and sanded it a bit. I sealed the dry gessoed surface with a mix of oderless mineral spirits and damar varnish. That dried fairly quickly and I began my painting. I thought I would do a sort of under painting and leave the details and color for another session. I was surprised to find, that my painting stayed moist for days on this surface, and I just kept going back to it whenever I had time. I added, scraped off, added again... until I was happy. I'm not sure how long this painting will take to dry completely. I don't think I'll do the coat of oms/damar again... even tho it made a nice surface to paint on. and I'm happy with the painting. I'm not sure about the slow drying time. We'll see how this one goes tho.
I took this picture after I had already painted on the board and scraped and wiped off what I had done and started again.
It's that time of the season, lots of flowers to pick, and these blackberries I found while out on a bike ride. I stopped to pick a hand full, and brought them home. I was disappointed, they were a little bitter... but still nice to add to my still life!
I started this one on a canvas panel that I primed with tinted gesso. I used thinned paint to begin with. (I had taken the basil out of the set up and set it in a glass of water to keep it from wilting)
I had taken a picture of the basil first, so as it changed position, I could just refer to the picture. I was surprised to find I had more trouble painting the lemon, than the basil. I thought it would be the other way around.