Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Miss Pretty #2

Here is Miss Pretty again. It just feels good to lay down the paint, feel the texture of her feathers and try to capture her attitude. In this version she seems a little chubby. The painting will go to class tomorrow so I can ask about cropping. I know there are more views of her.......I just need to explore.....and try to avoid that tangent at the top of her head.

8 x 8

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Study, barns and eucalyptus trees

From our deck I look down on the neighbors little ranch. I see the back of their home and outbuildings which have a backdrop of tall eucalyptus trees. This study was taken in the late afternoon when the area was well lit. I hope to take this work larger and then even larger. We will see. This study is only 5 x 7 and full of wonderfully shaped negative spaces.
I hope you had a great day!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Josie, again

One of the questions I have been playing with this week is, can I do a daily painting in 45 min. to an hour. When I work which is 3 days a week, that is my time allotment. So I persist.
Here is Josie again. The last attempt at this black lab of mine did not have the amount of life I wanted.
My solution here is to use brighter colors.....as in cad orange! Her coat is purple and blue.
I feel she does have an attitude which is a huge improvement.
Would anything else be just fussing as we are so prone to do?

As the saying goes, onward and upward!
And back to drawing, drawing, we all need to draw!

6 x 6

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cloud 4

The cloud challenge continues. Number 3 did not survive.  Number 4 intends to show more confident strokes, finishing parts of the sky with a palette knife, emphasizing the wonderful sweep of the clouds after a storm. I love this challenge as I just keep exploring and learning.

6 x 6

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Today at class I did this painting with softer colors, not cropped and it was soooo sweet. Yuk.  So my lesson for today was how to use stronger colors and fewer shapes with the negative shapes holding their own with the positive shapes.  There are still issues with this painting but it was a wonderful learning day at class. Fun.

6 x 6

Monday, October 22, 2012


This week the challenge is to paint clouds. Any way you want  as long as they are the main focus of your work.  Dennis and I live where we overlook mountains and have lots and lots of skyscapes from which to choose.  This is my second try at the challenge. In it I got cleaner colors and just felt a little more secure painting the fleeting clouds. I love how the challenges focus us, how much we learn from each one. This is done on canvas paper, a great way to experiment and learn before one goes for the more permanent surfaces.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adobe Pumpkin Farm

Today art class visited the local pumpkin patch.  There were old cars, pumpkins, scarecrows, barns galore and flowers everywhere. This is my take on several of the old barns. Drawing was crucial and the purple, orange and green palette fun to  paint. I like how the barns wander across the painting.

9 x 12

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The smallest of changes

This work has the smallest of changes but I feel it really helps.  The small barn has been greyed a bit to let the larger one sing. It's a good thing.

11 x 14


I loved this little scene in Putnam Park on Wednesday. Such beautiful light, lovely shapes to paint.

It seemed that with each area of the painting, less was more. Isn't that easy? It certainly was fun.

I just rephotographed this piece to correct the color. It is much better.

6 x 6

Friday, October 05, 2012

Great Class again.......

I finished class with this quick study of one of the flower pots to the right of the above scene. It was quick and , as the class said, came out pretty sweet but sometimes sweet is ok. Love the texture of the background. And for both of them..........just a little moment in time.

6 x 6

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Revisions and Letting Go

Here is the revision from the title of this blog entry.  I lost the sky holes hoping one would then concentrate on the trunk area. When I lowered the base of the tree, the composition seemed to work better.  By graying out much of the top, one's eyes go to the bottom and the interesting play of colors.

The yellow barns were not working so I had to let go. Not so hard. Now the barns are a burnt red-orange and work much better in this painting.  Now the whole work is hot, hot. Must be a summer day on the mountain. A definite improvement. The barns could be settled in a bit more, but I am done with this one. There is another painting waiting to be painted.

This Country Chicken is a commission. Love her feathers. She just stands there and owns what she is. Now that is a girl after my heart. Good job, country chicken.

With each painting that I posted today, I learned. As the title says, revise, let go, and then enjoy.
Paint for the  joy of painting. Feel the oils grab the board. Play with color. See form.

More tomorrow.....more paintings, more joy.