Thursday, March 15, 2018

Grapes, Chess piece and Butterfly... wip Oil on 7x5 inch board

I started this new painting over and old one.  The previous painting was never finished and I decided to sand it down and start something fresh.  You can still see bits of the old paint behind my new drawing.  (By the way, if you are sanding down an old painting, if you pour a little OMS -odorless mineral spirits, onto the painting and then "wet sand" it with sand paper, there is no dust, and easier to clean up.)

 I don't know why I chose these objects to paint, other than they were interesting shapes and made a nice arrangement together... in the end, I changed the colors of the butterfly... I think it's finished, not quite sure yet.   Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Cyclamen and Forsythia" Oil on 7x5 inch canvas board

Cyclamen are so fun to paint and draw, their petals twist and turn in every direction! I bought the cyclamen plant in the store, and the forsythia are from a bush in my yard.  They aren't in bloom yet, it is too early, but I cut some twigs from it and brought them inside.  After a few days in water, they began to bloom!  
Below are some work in progress photos,  I began on a toned canvas board, with a dry wash of burnt sienna (or similar color, I forget).
Then with thin raw umber and a small brush, I drew the flowers and then filled in with color.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

"Your Heart's Desire" Oil on 5x7 board


Below are some work in progress photos,  I set up a small table top easel, and had the still life right in front of me on a small table...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Merry and Bright" Oil on 8x6 inch board


Here is a picture of the pencil sketch I made, and my set up.  After drawing the sketch, I decided I'd like to do a painting as well.  

Friday, November 24, 2017

"Plums and Crab Apples" Oil on 5x5 in. linen panel


This painting was given the "Best of Show" ribbon in the Suburban Rochester Art Group's annual Holiday art show.   It is only a 5x5, but a sweet little painting. It is available now on ebay, unframed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Summer vs. Autumn" Oil on 6x8 inch linen board


I liked the contrast of autumn and summer in this painting.  The summer flowers are in the background, as autumn has arrived with it's harvests of vegetables. 

This is painted on linen that is mounted on a hardboard panel.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"September Crab Apple" 5x7 o/b


I started this one a bit differently.  I thinly painted some transparent red oxide onto the white gessoed surface of the board, and then started painting the background and apple.  The reddish color shows through and is mixed in here and there and I liked the effect.  
It was difficult to get the colors right in the photograph.  The background is such a beautiful soft gray, greenish.. bluish... lovely mix. The same thing with the table top, it's very white, with small flecks of subtle color. 

Thank you for looking today!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Pear, Crab Apple, Hydrangea, and Phlox" Oil on 5x7 board


Here is the finished painting,  and also a "photo- shopped" framed image to show how it might look in a frame.  The painting is sold unframed.
Scroll down to the previous post to see work in progress photos.
Thanks for looking!

Work in progress... Pear, Crab apple, and blossoms..

pastel drawing..
 I started this painting on a board toned with transparent oxide red, and thought I would try using pastel for an underpainting, I colored in the drawing with the pastels and then used a brush with turpentine to wet and spread the pastel color...
pastel set with turpentine
 Once it was dry, I began with oil paint.   It was interesting to try using the pastels to start, not needing to mix colors, I just chose a pastel close to the color I wanted.  It worked out ok, but I don't know if I'll use this method each time I paint. It was fun to try.
oil painting..
This is the oil painting in progress, you can still see the reddish ground on the right side of the apple.  I really like the red tone underneath showing through the other colors! It gave the whole painting a sense of warmth and airiness... if thats a word! lol,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Lily, Lemon and Blueberries" Oil on 9x12 inch board


I finally finished this painting!  I have a photo of this work in progress on my Instagram @dbeckscooper.   I posted it there from my ipad, and I'm just not sure how to post it here as I'm using my desktop computer...?  Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, it is so short! Here we are nearing the end of August already.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Blueberry Tea and Berries" Oil on 6x8 inch board


This is blueberry tea in the cup, it was a deep red color that I thought would be fun to paint. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New paintings.... Pears, Strawberries... cherries

I've been working on a couple of new paintings for an upcoming show our art club is having.  They will be posted for sale on ebay in a month or so, if they are still available.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

"Blooming Iris" Oil on 5x7 inch board

I was inspired to paint this iris, as it was just opening. It's petals opened completely as I painted it, but I had taken a picture of it for reference before I started.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Bowl of Strawberries" o/b 6x6 inches


This little painting is sort of a "sister" to the "Cup of Strawberries" painting I did a couple of months ago.  Wonder how this painting might look in a frame?  Below is an example...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Suspended Grapes II" Oil on 6x8 inch board


This is how I began this painting, with a charcoal sketch on a (dry) toned board.
Below is a possible framed look.  The painting is sold unframed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Suspended Grapes" Oil on 7x5 in. board


Every so often I'll see a painting of a suspended bunch of grapes, and I've been wanting to try to do one myself.  So, today was the day, and I love how it came out!  I started out with the light casting a long shadow, but I changed it later.

Also, for fun, I digitally put the image in a frame just to see how it would look.  (The actual painting is not framed)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Cup of Strawberries" Oil on 5x7 in. board


Happy New Year to all!  Here is a new little painting to start the year off... I am looking forward to lots of painting and drawing this year, especially during the cold winter months. The days may be shorter, but I spend more time inside.