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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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.
Monday, August 3, 2015
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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
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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
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
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.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
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.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
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)
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
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)
Thanks for taking the time to look at my artwork!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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
|"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
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.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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.