Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Revisions and the Red Truck

 Revision number one and I do not know if you will be able to tell what I did, but I know and I think the painting works better now. When I live with a work for a bit my eye goes to certain places and that often means they need attention.  This painting is 9 x 12, oil
 This one got less attention but still, toning down the front pasture was the right thing to do!
I did the same kind of toning down here so the trees could sing. Who wants a gravel yard to sing?
 This scene is right around the corner from our home.  It has been begging to be painted for quite some time now.  The hardest part was getting the truck even half way correct. It is parked behind the old coop and just left there. Just a little bit of Americana.  I have it almost right. Love the mountains and the sky. 12 x 19, oil
So now in comparison I see. This painting is 4 x 12 and charming although different. The truck is larger and seems to work better.  So difficult to get it " all " right. There are other differences which I think are ok........just another perspective.

Christmas is only days away. In case I get very busy.....wishing you all a wonderful holiday.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Photos Finally


For 2011 my art class has decided to enter into a year of committment under the leadership of awesome teacher Sandra Speidel.  This committment for me involves working with composition, exploring how elements are arranged on a page  and how to push them in different directions in order to achieve a pleasing composition. In the first of the series, you see the  golden trees and wood pile which are on a property below our home on Eastman. They were briefly breathtaking in their fall colors. I feel I did capture the charm of a county scene.


Here you see my long and narrow version which is actually # 3 in the series. I was more comfortable and able to edit that red barn right into the picture.  The grey rectangle is perhaps too dominant.............
For the second in the series, I moved into the picture a bit more and it was the most difficult for me. Did moving in edit out the charm?  The trees are the "star" of the show which is what I wanted but the composition is not exciting at all. Lesson learned!
What could be more fun to explore than snowmen in December. Maybe Santa but I couldn't decide on which one to choose.  So snowman it is.  This little guy was made of fabric and stuffed rigid....but too cute.
One of my favorite snowment I have had for years. He is made out of paper mache and is a happy little fellow. I love the tree just kind of in the background, letting the snowman be the main star of the show.




The little guy below looks cold for sure and his cap is truly sitting on top of his head. All the snowmen are done in oils and done just for the fun of it.  They all send you the warmest Holiday greetings.


The little blue vase just painted itself.  Colored pencils peeking over the rim.........great shadows. Really fun to do. 6 x 6, oil and a Christmas gift to a very special person from me!

Friday, December 10, 2010

December

Tuesday is my boy day.  This week Jonathan and Jacob spent the first 45 minutes creating with play dough. They just love it. And they get so engrossed! What could be better for all three of us.

Jonathan looks pretty proud of himself.



Jacob is starting to construct more complex towers etc. Learning about balance.....with play dough at least!

And yes, I am painting. I have several pieces in varying stages and a cute little snowman on the mantle but this blue vase full of colored pencils was just sitting right there this morning. As you can see, I am getting more comfortable with the oils. This piece laid down fairly easily..........so I had time to do bookwork!
It is 6 x 6 and will be critiqued next Wednesday.
I am also finalizing  perimeters for my committment to art for 2011. It will center on composition, not go further afield than subjects from my back yard and include drawing, lots of drawing.  The whole class is making a personal committment and we will then naturally develope a body of work or two or three as a result. We are all very excited about this challenge. Thank you Sandra Speidel!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More works

 Here is my first attempt painting with oils. I am so used to my acrylics and boy oh boy, are oils a different genre entirely.  I stayed with a subject I had done before so I could concentrate on the paint, not the composition. Still love the boat but not happy with the color on it. 6 x 6

 Here is #2 try. It was lots of fun to do this size which is just over 4 inches by 12 inches.

This is a scene from the Sonoma Mountains with a little editing by me. Number three and I am learning a little more how to handle the paint. It is oil, 4.5 by 12 and conveys pretty well the serenity of the location.

#4, the Birdbath. I have done it so many times. This time I changed the angle which gave me a more interesting composition. Just laying down paint......6 x 6

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

This  is what we woke up to this morning. Icy sunrise. Fall colors. Clear skies. Flowers still blooming.

The frost made a beautiful pattern on the deck railing.

One of the many things to be thankful for.....Jonathan's third birthday which we will celebrate today. He is our thanksgiving gift.

Signs of celebration. Napkin rings a century old.

And how does this thing go together?

So umimpressed. Josie, Dennis and Helen give thanks and send to you our family and friends warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday weekend.