Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Numbers 9 thru 12

 Number 9
This one is on an 8 x 11 piece of gessoed paper. The paper used is a very heavy watercolor paper and the gesso was greyed.  Not my favorite to work on. The good part is if you frame the work, you can pick out any section of the painting you wish rather easily.  I taped the paper to an old canvas while working.
I tried to be fast and loose while painting.........yes, laugh.
The teal in the background was new for me and it worked out ok.  The feeling of this work is rather reckless and that is a good thing!

 Number 10
The straight lines on the wheel of # 8 really drew my eye and not in a good way so for #10 I got a bowl and traced just the outside line of the tire.  That gave me a starting point and so it worked out more successfully. The painting is 6 x 6, oil.  Great to keep sees new things each time.

 Number 11
The handle bars just skewed in a very pleasing manner. They outline and hold the innards of the trike in place. Loose and fun.....again. This work is larger, 8 x 8, oil

Number 12
Now I am painting to see where it leads me.  I have done this view previously and so in doing it again, I try to take it one step further, even though I do not know what direction that will take. Good light playing in the negative spaces. Handle bars were actually in that rather awkward angle. Maybe, a little bit of mystery?
And the beat goes on.........# 13 is on the easel.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


 Remember I said I would do 20 works around this subject in order to really learn the subject and to come up with a body of paintings on the subject?  We are only to number 8.
The trike above is 24" x 24" so it is very large for me.  That creates a whole different learning experience.  This is # 5 and has been worked over several times.........

 In the previous post, I uploaded this picture to demonstrate how I started this particular painting.That basic sketch is so important.  Below you see how it was resolved.  It is back to a small 6" x 6 ".  # 7.
I love the loose work and the lively background.

 Here is number 8.  It is staying in the "rotation" for now. I love that it is a close up and it has the feeling I am striving for but who ever heard of square tires.  Those elipses are so hard to perfect!  And I do not even want perfection.....just a little more roundness.  I am going to try this one again. It is also 6" x 6".
You heard it was cold here last's this for cold?  Looks like another painting to do someday soon.
Today was spent with good friends in San Francisco doing the de Young and the last Impressionist show.  It was fabulous.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's the new year.........

 It's the new year and the comittment challenge has started. I am working with objects, scenes from our back yard and I hope to do 20 paintings around each subject.  I do not yet know how this will work out. We will see but it is already pushing me and my creative juices.  My weekly goal is to do 3 paintings, journal entries and drawing as I can.

Trike # 1 is above. It is in oil as they all will be. 8" x 10"
I brought all the informatin with me from earlier months as I have painted this trike several times. The handle bars are too high by only a twitch but finally I took the trike into the studio and really measured for the half point. I need to keep drawing this little cutie. I like how this one came out. 
 Here is #2 in the series. 5" x 7"
small, sweet, fun.....not my favorite
definitely the back yard

 Number 3 is done with playing with composition in mind. Hence the cropping but it is only done on one side.  I will work up to three sides of cropping and see what shapes that reveals.  This one is also 5" x 7"

 So what happens when you hold the camera above the trike..........interesting shapes and lovely colors.
6" x 6"
Great movement, good earth tones. Experimental and that is what this is all about. Another favorite. How many can I have?

 This picture is larger, 8" x 8". And it doesn't matter a bit what way you hang it!
I wish it were "looser"

Here I am showing you what happens as I paint. I sketched the shapes with the red-brown paint then resolved to paint all negative spaces before the trike. While this is pretty cool, I am going to continue with this painting until it is more fully developed.   I hope this gives you an idea of how some of my paintings progress.  I have gone one step beyond this but have not photoed it yet.  Maybe tomorrow and another post for you to see.......