Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day Lily, Mango, and Cherries... work in progress....

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.

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Daisy, Petunia and Grapes" Oil on 6x6 inch board

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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. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Strawberries and Creamer" Oil on 6x8 inch board

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I found this little creamer and oval plate at the Goodwill Store, it's a fun place to go to find new still life subjects to paint.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Plums and Marigolds" Oil on 6x8 inch board

One red plum, one black plum and some marigold flowers, I loved these colors together.
It was hard to get a good photo of this, the darkness of the plums on the light background made the plums look too dark, there is a bit more detail between the two when seen in person.  
Work in progress below:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

"Mini Cheesecake and Raspberries" Oil on 6x6 inch hardboard

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?

Monday, June 22, 2015

"Summer Cherries" Oil on 5x7 inch board

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. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

" Tea with White Cloth" Oil on 6x8 inch board


A new little painting of a cup of tea and white cloth, with a mostly monochrome color scheme. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Daffodil and Clementines" 8x10 inch oil on board


I did a little pastel drawing of this blue bottle and clementines,(below) and thought it would make a nice painting.  I added the daffodil and blue/green background to my set up.

pastel on gray Canson paper

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Creamer, Eggs and Butterfly" Oil on 6x8 inch board

Over the last couple of weeks, I had fun doing some of these color mix charts for myself.  This one, is a limited palette of Yellow ochre, Ivory Black, Titanium White, and Cadmium Red light.    I mixed the yellow into the red, then the red into the black and the black into the yellow across the top row, and then tinted with white underneath each one.   The bottom are the same with a bit of the 3rd color mixed in. 
I was inspired by the array of muted colors, and grays on this chart, so I tried a painting using just these colors.   I cheated just a bit, by using some cadmium yellow in the gold highlights of the creamer.
I used a butterfly I have framed under glass as the reference for the painting. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pears work in progress....

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)

I'll post the finished painting tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Blue Bottle and Fruit" Oil on 6x8 inch board

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I was inspired to try to keep all the background and fruit colors less saturated, so that the deep blue of the bottle would stand out the most. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Tea and Cookies"

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Oolong tea and almond cookies dipped and drizzled in chocolate.
I'm sure they would have been delicious. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Tomato and Garlic" Oil on 6x8 inch board

Work in progress photos...
Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Tea and Biscotti" Oil on 6x8 inch board


Here is a picture of work in progress.   I worked from a photo on my ipad to get this 'more over head' view of my subject and referred to my real life set up to paint from.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Tea and Lemon" Oil on 6x6 inch board

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!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Peeled Lemon and Cranberries" Oil on 5x7 inch board

Here is a picture of work in progress
Thank you for stopping to look at my artwork today!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

"Creamer with Persimmon and Pear" Oil on board 6x8 inches

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!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Clementines, Acorns and Cranberries" Oil on 5x7 inch canvas board

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.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One new, and one reworked painting...

"Winter Pomegranate"  Oil on 6x6 inch board
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I decided to rework the background of this pomegranate.  I like it much better.
And below, is a new painting... a peeled clementine and a sunburst tangerine....

"Peeled Clementine and Sunburst"  Oil on 5x7 inch board

My favorite part of this one is the glow of light showing through in the back of the peeled tangerine.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Matted Drawings

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.   
They are available for sale in my Etsy shop.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Pomegranate" Oil on 6x6 inch board

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.