Saturday, March 31, 2012

Another barn

This one is a gift for a friend.  We spent an afternoon visiting and driving around her parent's ranch in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  We had a lovely ride and spent quite some time photographing this barn of which she had many wonderful memories. We walked round and round it, then as we were leaving, we looked back and there was the best view of all. The light was cold winter late afternoon light............

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Madness

I call this post March Madness not because I am a lover of basketball but because we are studying abstract art in class and madness is one of the words I have been playing with on this particular trip. While abstract art uses many, many of the attributes found in representational art, it is so easy for a more inexperienced painter to feel completely lost. Where are my rules? Where do I start?
So I have been painting and scraping off, painting more and learning all the while.
This  8 x 8 work has some of the essentials of abstract art........a place to rest your eyes, movement, variety and both soft and hard edges. I like the warnth of the piece. I see a journey. What do you see?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Daily Paintworks

Today I joined the Daily Paintworks group in an effort to kick it up a notch.  This venue will allow me to sell my art on the internet and to also give me the challenge of painting every day.  One does not need to paint daily in order to belong but daily art tells a great story.  You can see it in your paintings. This work is 6 x6  and done in oil.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Oranges, decoys revisited

What a busy week.  I am revisiting this work as I had the drawing all wrong.  Now the size and shape are better, the values better, but it still lacks pizazz! Oh, another learning experience.

Last week I had a duck call in this work on the left as you look........but I could not get it on the same plane as the decoy......and I tried.  So the ultimate answer.......paint it out. This works pretty well as a very traditional painting.

For class, Sandra threw a bunch of oranges on the table and then some lemons. Love lemons............not so much the oranges. But what a fun painting. It is all about the those bright little lemons just showing how they glow.
12 x 12, oil

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Decoy

Before we get to the decoy, here is a much better picture of the pitcher from my last posting.  I did play with some settings, allowing more light in. It really helped. 

This is a painting of a very old decoy.  It is my more realistic version. Very natural  colors.

Here is a more impressionistic close-up.

Lastly, a quick, quick sketch in oils...........just trying to lay down my impression of this particular decoy.  Do you think any of the impressionists painted decoys?

Friday, March 09, 2012

Pastel Pitcher

Well, this is much darker than the actual pitcher. Maybe my assignment for the weekend is to keep working on taking photos.  One problem is that I wish to take them at all different times of the day!
I painted a white pitcher with branches blossoming forth in class this week. I love white and maybe some day you will be able to tell the object is white. There are just so many colors in white. I tried to render the exact pitcher. No way. We messed it up a bit and then it became mine.
Now it has the energy that I wished to portray.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Thank you

I am honored indeed to receive the Liebster Award from a textile artist here in Petaluma, California. Carol Larson has been showing her art and sharing her wisdom for quite some time. Her site,  is a varied and interesting place to visit. Being newer at blogging, I can attest to how muchwork this site and blog involve. The Liebster award is given to bloggers who inspire you and have less than 200 followers. It takes it’s name from the German word meaning Beloved, Dearest or Favorite.

As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have

motivated and inspired.

To accept the award you must:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them

2. Post the award to your blog

3. Give the award to3- 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers

that you appreciate and value.

4. Leave a comment on the blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Julile Ford Oliver  An Artist who is so generous with her own special path, sharing her process and emotions.

Layne Cook Another artist from the Daily Paintworks site who is so faithful to her art, generous with her creativity.

Julie Davis An artist from Texas who demonstrates a special love of landscape and trees!

My personal comment is a big thank you to all the generous people who inspire me to continue on my creative path! You are priceless.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Finally, I think.  This is the abstracted version of the pliers.  But, since I know not much at all about abstract art, it might not be the final one of the series.  I do know I loved playing with the paint. Push, shove, stroke. Dark here, light there. Fun, fun.

6 x 6 oil on board

Monday, March 05, 2012

And again

Here is my friend again, still with that little screwdriver. I am doing this for "homework".  This rendition is supposed to be realistic. LOL  I am sure I am going to learn plenty when I go to class.

Here is a more Impressionistic variation.  My take on that is more light and stand way back when I paint.
I am getting to know these two very well!

They are both  done on canvas paper which is so handy for practice. And only 6 x 6 which is a bit challenging.
Have a wonderful Monday.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Second try

Ms. Pliers is so much happier with company. And her escort adds needed color.

6 x 6  oil

Friday, March 02, 2012

Ms. Pliers

Ms. Pliers.
Yesterday she had to be scraped off. No go. No way.
This morning she emerged. I love the one strong line but I do have more work to do on her. I think we will see her again this week. Maybe standing all the way up...........
Maybe in another color palette..........
6 x 6  oil

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Fun class to end February

This is the fun way we ended February in art class.  The subject was white and the table held many white objects. I selected one and cannot tell it was white but you can tell the little guy has attitude like crazy. One thing I learned......I made him mine!

This picture is not very good but what I wanted to show you, you can see. On the mug there are some nice strong strokes of paint. I want more  of that.

This set up was done with a strong artificial light source. I love the way the plate shows how bright it was and the mug shows both  the light and the reflected lights. We were to paint the same set-up three different ways...this one was the class favorite. I wish I could combine parts of all three.