Monday, December 31, 2012

Fabric Challenge




This week's challenge on the Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint fabric.  And that, I knew, would not be easy. So here is my attempt. This  mug was a gift at Christmas and it is sitting on an old linen napkin.
There are many interesting paintings using fabric on the above link.

6 x 6
oil

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Flowers in December, revisited




I used a palette knife to enhance the oranges. I want them to be the most important part of the painting. It helped along with a few sharp lines to define the center of interest.
I have been painting up a storm in the new studio and will be sharing over the next few days. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas



Another wonderful art class today but nothing to post. Ongoing, learning, creating.
Here is my holiday greeting to you. Santa has a wonderful, thick beard and a smile hidden way down beneath there somewhere.
Have a joyous holiday week!

Friday, December 14, 2012

White Plus One



TGIF
Presently I am working on several things and it can get a bit overwhelming.
The very large canvas (large for me 24 x 48) that I am working on in class in really shaping up. It has been so much fun to see what will appear each week.
In January I will submit a couple of paintings for a show called White Plus One. Did someone know I love callas? And white roses.
So now on to more flowers.........Monday's post will get more abstracted and Tuesday's will get more defined negative spaces. Looks like a good weekend.

16 x 20
oil

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday's Flowers




For Tuesday I started with a new palette and my main objective was to keep my colors clean. Wild and crazy colors in those flowers but for today, I painted them just as they appeared! 

8 x 8
oil

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Morning




Here is my Monday morning, let's get going painting. I love that it is bright and colorful. It is loose, very loose. So the question remains for me.......what is too loose? I like the composition, and the lines which hopefully lead you to the center of interest. Maybe more flowers tomorrow. Just do it is my motto, also.

8 x 8
oil

Friday, December 07, 2012

Revisiting a Red Barn







Happy Friday to all. The season is zooming by.  One of my December projects is to revisit some older paintings that just are not working so well.  This painting was done in a manner that suggested sepia tones. It was very quiet. So my goal was to push the orange, purple, green palette and see what happens. More life, more energy and a better defined center of interest. A happy painting

8 x 12
oil.

Monday, December 03, 2012

A little of this and a little of that.........




This weekend was truly for a little of this and a little of that. For starters, when I just had to paint and not think so much about oughts, I grabbed a Santa from the mantle and painted.  He was made from a  very stiff canvas which did prove difficult to do. But I got to paint.

 



This is a 5 x 7 study of calla lilies done in preparation for an exhibit that is called White Plus One. If nothing else,what a great notan exercise. The work definitely has strong darks. I like the looseness of the top lily.


 



Here is the large red barn painting that is the end piece of the two smaller ones completed earlier. I do not often work this large, 16 x 24 or so, so the studies really helped me.  It needs a little more work, but not much. Almost done...........

 


I have always admired mixed media.  This is the first stage of a mixed media piece. I have laid down the first layer and all I know is that next there will be a coffee cup. How about "Ode to Morning" for a title! LOL
Great learning weekend.
Now for a softer Santa, the cup, fix the perfect arc above the red barn, keep reflecting on values for the white plus one......................

Have a great week.