Monday, May 30, 2011

Another view, great Monday

Monday, around 4 in the afternoon, I resolved two more issues with this painting that is now layers, layers and layers thick.  Can you tell what I worked on? It was not a lot but it made a big difference to me.

This is the first quail that I would let anyone see.  To me, it is definitely a first. What I would like to accomplish is to have that proud bird done in relatively the same fashion as much of the background. He needs to be much looser but still look like himself. Now that is a challenge. Cute little guy is done in oils and mesures 8 x 8.

The next layer

Ok, one more layer.  I know I resolved some of the issues. I am so glad that spot at the end of the handlebar is gone.  Tried to give the distance some interest but keep it back. Time will tell.  As long as the trike is still the star of the show...........

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Almost June

Here is that trike again. I took the study I showed earlier in the month and put that idea to work on a larger canvas......11 x 14. This painting has 3 layers already and still I need to work on the top where you can see I shortened the trike and then put in the pedals and reloate that stone that is just at the bottom of the handlebar....all that before the next critique. The basic composition of the trike on the path I really like.  It is the start, or the end, of a story. Sweetness.

Just wanting to be painted.......and waiting.......What in the lower garden has not blown away in the horrible winds is just beautiful.

Did I mention this is where the boys are now.  Jonathan loves playing with the hand mirror and Jacob just eats up the computer. Already at 5 we limit his time on the computer and on my Droid! Jacob painted with acrylics with me the other day and really enjoyed himself. His favorite is still watercolors and Jonathan will do anything for me if I will let him set up playdough.
I am painting daily again.........over the 4 quilts and the cut finger. But already thinking about doing a few hours down in the sewing studion again. Fabric calls.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 11, 2011

This little 6 x 6 study of onions from a farm stand was done for the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge. It was quick and fun and now in retrospect......I want my lights lighter.  Just a bit. Maybe time tomorrow...........

This week in class we painted from the Polly Klass Center on Western Avenue.  Right across the street was this charming home with a wild and beautiful garden in the front. Poppies, iris, lavender and lots more. I closed in on one little section. The sun moved across the sky, the shadows changed every few seconds, it seemed....but the home..........solid as a rock!
8 x 8, oil

This study is one of revisiting the trike out in my springtime garden.  I am so happy with the way the pathway recedes and the light shines on the flagstone under the trike. To me, a special moment in time.
8 x 8, oil