Friday, November 30, 2012

The Blue Challenge








The blue challenge was to paint a work using blue and to keep the painting in high key, or light hues, and to not use any red or orange. It sounded simpler than it was but here is my first attempt.  And it is my best attempt. It amazes me how easy it is to lose freshness which is what happened on the second try. So, enjoy. Probably the last fresh roses of the season as it is now raining cats and dogs. ....and large, large drops.

6 x 6
oil

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Updated Tree





Today I took a tree that I did a couple of months ago and revisited it. It was ok, not what I really wanted. So I attempted to unify the color palette, join the darks and give some life to the lights.  It is better and that is what I was after. I am not sure the trunk demonstrates the age of the tree as I see it but all in all, an improvement.  It felt great to do. And that tree does have something to say, no?

 11 x 14
oil

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20




This is the exercise our art class is to do this week. Just paint and have fun. See what emerges. Black, white, grey only. You willl notice I have a warm white and a cool white. I was so excited to see the animal and the fish just be there. It is a little 6 x 6 study and one could paint many, many of them. They do reveal lots about what is on your mind......
My next two had figures hidden in them. Unusual figures.......
Go figure!





Just had to show you Miss Pretty got her second leg!







Here is my fun for this morning. The light is coming in from the left and is fairly strong on the buildings. It was difficult to pull off but for my first go at this composition......it's all good.  Three buildings.......a broken fence and a majestic tree full of shades of orange and gold.
What's not to like. Where will it go.......time will tell. So good to be back in the studio.

5 x 7
oil

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Three Roses





My last post featured a shot of this work with a horrible glare.  Today I used the rainy skies land took the photo outside. It is much better but still the original problem exists.  Too much medium.  So my next step, when it is very dry, is to apply another coat or glaze with some wax in it. That should take care of the shiny. We will see. I still love the freshness.







So today, the flowers opened up as they will do. I decided on a strong diagonal and semi-abstracting much of the painting. The center of interest is pretty darn close to the center, but what a supporting cast! It was a great morning painting, then off shopping with my four year old grandson for new clothes.....he is turning five next week. We had lots of fun and bought blue to match those beautiful eyes of his.........


Friday, November 16, 2012

Needing to Paint



Home from vacation and just needing to paint. I did work on some exercises from class which I will post at a later date. This morning I wanted to paint, not fuss with anything else.  The resulting piece has too much medium which, I think, is why it looks so shiny.  I will leave it at what a great feeling to just paint, look  at values, play with colors. It looks like a rainy weekend so perhaps I will can revisit this particular set-up again. For now, mission accomplished!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Lessons learned, off for vacation





5 x 7 has now been done in an 8 x 10 format.  Such fun. New challenges. Is my dark pattern dark enough? Does the majesty of those eucalyptus trees translate.  So many issues.  A great learning experience with red barns. How could one lose? Just a moment in time.





Miss Pretty needed to have some form. We are looking a half of a sphere. Now, how could I forget that? LOL
Now she has more form and she is placed in reality with some lines holding her in place, helping your eye around. Next challenge is to take this information and start anew.  And maybe give her a second foot!
Off on vacation early, early Tuesday morning. So excited.
Happy  painting.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Palette Unified



With a simple change, giving my sky a more purple cast, I unified this little study. Purple, orange, green. Done.
On to the larger size.

5 x 7
oil