A chocolate heart just in time for Valentine's Day. To save time, I didn't give this one a week long auction, just a" buy it now" option, that way it can be purchased at any time. Even though it needs about 3 days to dry, it will have a better chance of reaching the buyer before the 14th.
Here is my little chocolate painting and set up, below:
I had sketched this still life set up in pencil, and I really like the sketch so I thought I would do a painting of it too. It seemed pretty well planned out, but now that I've come near to the finish of it, I feel like it's not quite right.
Maybe it's that sharp line dividing the background and table...I kind of liked that line when I put it in though... My sketch has a lighter background... but, I put a darker background in my little value sketch and I liked it, the proportions are different in my painting though.. and of course, my carnations are completely wilted now... hmmmmm.... a work in progress.....
I had done a few sketches using a cup of coffee and the windmill cookies, you can see one over on my drawing blog- here. I really like the shape and designs on the windmill cookies and wanted to do a painting. Also in the painting are a chocolate dipped spritz cookie and some grapes.
It snowed here today, and I was looking out the window as it began to get dark, and it struck me that a lot of the snowy landscape colors of blue, violet, and brown were similar to this little still life I'd just done
I picked this yellow rose from my yard in December, and began a painting of it. I wasn't happy with the way it came out, and put it away to continue again after the holidays. (you can scroll down to see the previous work in progress pic)
I finally sat down and finished it today, using a picture for reference. I am much happier with it now.
A new year, and a new painting... I chose this tangerine to paint because I felt it was something I'm already familiar with painting, and that would be a good subject to start off with, after being away from my easel for a few weeks. Now that the Holidays are over with, I can start taking more time to draw and paint again.
Even though this started off without too much thought other than getting the peel to curl in an attractive way- after it was done, the image of the opening tangerine seemed like a symbol of the opening of a new year to me..... and I like that thought :-)
Below is an in progress shot....
Thank you so much for stopping by to view my artwork! and Happy New Year!
A few days ago, I had picked this one and only blooming rose from a rose bush in my front yard. I was so excited to have one last rose in December, and I wanted to paint it. I started off very optimistic, but the painting I saw in my mind was not the painting I wound up with.... I fussed around with it, and scraped paint back and re painted... finally deciding to put it away and look at it another day. Another day came, and another, and another, and I repainted countless times, each time trying something different in my paint mixes and always winding up with a mess. In the meantime, of course, my rose wilted and died, and I am left with a photo of it to work from, but, such a static, one dimensional image is hard for me to find exciting to paint. Now with so much reworking done, any hope of a fresh looking painting is lost. So, today, was my last try.... I took a quick picture of the most recent try, and scraped it down once more. I am ready to just throw it across the room, so disappointed and confused. I suppose there is just too much on my mind lately.
This is still the same persimmon from the last 2 paintings! I'm getting alot of use out of it...
Here are a couple of "in progress" pictures... I added the cranberries at the end, that's why they aren't pictured in the set up.
Thanks for looking!
I spent some time today arranging different items, and sketching... I liked this arrangement of persimmon, cranberries and oak leaf , I sketched it in pastel, and liked it so much I decided to do an oil painting of it too. You can see my sketch with the set up on my drawing blog here
It was a cold and rainy day today, but I had a lovely time in my studio, painting such nice warm colors.
The hardboard panel I used, is "Jack Richeson" Toned Gessoed panel. It comes already toned a nice warm gray.
I bought this plate and vase at a thrift store, I always find interesting things there to use in still life paintings.
The painting is signed with my initials in the upper right corner, not visible in this photo, I took this picture before I signed it.
The colors in this mango are just right with the mix of cherry colors, I added a day lily from my garden and it all looked perfect together!
A little about the technique....
Earlier in the day I was coloring with my pastels, and I wondered... why couldn't I start an underpainting for an oil painting with the pastels? I wouldn't have to mix any paint, all the colors are right there to choose from and I'm not a pastel artist, but I know there are techniques using pastel with turpentine, or odorless mineral spirit (oms) to spread and mix them with a brush.
So, I used a panel that already had a dried wash of turp. and burnt umber on it, I drew my design with pastel pencils and colored it in with pastels, and then used a brush and turpentine to wet it and spread it around. It made a very nice start to work from.
My daylily was slowly fading... a good thing I took a picture of my set up before I started. Maybe I should have painted the lily in first. Although, there's always a new day lily to take it's place, as the first one wilted, a new one bloomed.
This was about 5-6 hours of work.... just have the lily left to paint in, and cherry stems.
Here is a work in progress picture... I started this painting last week but didn't quite finish. So, when going back to work on it, I needed to pick a new petunia, and replace the grapes, but the daisy stayed good! I was thinking about adding a cherry, since I had just bought some... but decided not to.
The hardboard panel I used here is a Jack Richeson Toned gessoes panel. It comes already gessoed and toned in a medium umber color, or a gray. Very nice to paint on, the only thing I didn't like was the edges are beveled for some reason?? I guess it will fit in a frame since it measures 6x6 x1/8 inches... I wonder why the bevel though?
I found Golden cherries at the store! I remember looking for them last year, but never saw any. Their colors are so pretty. Here they are along with some dark red cherries. I plucked the leaves off of a cherry tree nearby my house to add to the painting.