Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pepper by feel

I was going to paint this pepper even more out of the box than the previous one to the point of stabbing the pepper with my palette knife and separating it into halves.. But everything evolves and as I was painting away, I started to feel the shape of the pepper. Now why fight with that?
So I kept it loose and found that silky feeling that the outside of a pepper has. 
And then there is the inside full of little seeds, wonderful shades of warm
 and cool lights, dark shadows.
I know it is two shapes not three.
I know they are really centered.
But it evolved!

6 x 8

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pepper Alive

Less safe. less predictable, more fun.
Hadn't the faintest idea of when to stop.
Doesn't matter.
Pepper anyone?

6 x 6

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pepper Traditional

Here is my lone pepper just trying to look as he should. Straight up, proper shadow, good enough to eat. 
I was learning the shape and the colors.
Wait until tomorrow and you will see this little guy come alive.
It is all good.
I was painting.

6 x 6

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Peppers and Onions

Two Peppers and Fresh Onions

The Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint something having to do with Spring.
As I was practicing my "greens" I pulled both peppers, which I will plant and onions which I just harvested the other day. Spring both now and to come.
The bottom of the onions is a beautiful purple with red highlights. 
I gave it a whirl, I will try again.
It is a lovely color.
After a very busy week, it felt so good to paint today.
There will be more!
And I hear another 30 day challenge is in the works......

4 x 6


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What's in your Refrigerator

What's in the frig?

The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is to paint what is in your refrigerator.
Well, I have the usual. I am sure  you can tell by the large red
container and it's supporting cast.
This is a fun challenge filled with great condiments.

6  x 6

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Flowers by sound 4

Flowers by Sound, Jazz

The last painting of the day, the 4th 30 minute work.
It was painted to jazz.
The important part of this painting is that I could feel the form of the tulip and the beautiful, soft texture.

8 x 13

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Flowers by sound 3

By the third 30 minute session of painting to the music in art class this week I was getting a little tired. 
 The music was George Winston's Summertime.
 Kind of sleepy,dreamy music so I had to rework this one at home in the afternoon.
I gave it more movement and made it not so somber.
 I moved from light to dark, faded some blossoms and added a few.
These tulips are much happier!

10 x 10

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flowers by sound, 2

Beautiful tulips painted to Bach's very heavy organ music. I listened for a bit and then got lost in the painting.  There is a certain reflection of the music.  Also a reflection of the great space I was in just painting away. 
I hope the painting  reflects both the quality and movement of the music for you also.
It is so much fun to paint to music!

6 x 6

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Flowers by sound 1

Here is my first of four paintings from class today. We painted each one in only 30 minutes and each to a different piece of music.
For the first painting the instructor played beautiful Indian music.  I could see the  whirling, the dancing, the lightness of movement. 
That they were tulips in a vase was secondary.

6 x 6

Monday, March 11, 2013

more bovines

I have been working with this little painting. It is number 2 and all I am doing is trying to add a little excitement.  This painting captures perfectly what was happening. The steer was just standing, staring at me. I wonder how they smile!
Beautiful colors of gold, orange, sienna and more.
Next I will try the same painting timed to see if I can capture it with just simple shapes.
Simple, clean.
We will see.

8 x 8

Friday, March 08, 2013

Class work

Art class is always fun and fruitful. Yesterday was no exception.
We did a 30 minute exercise painting what we wanted from the still life set up.
I decided on the pottery with cactus, very simple.

Amazing reflections on the pottery of the table coverings.

10 x 10

The second part of the morning was to repeat your painting keeping it as simple as possible.
Still the 30 minute limit.
Simple shapes, simple shapes.
Oh, the reflections are green.
Learning, learning.

10 x 10

Saturday, March 02, 2013


Here I painted those two little buildings in the upper corner and loved how they were just suggested. Less is more so often. So the challenge was to capture that energy in the larger barn in the foreground.
It proved to be a challenge but I got there. I won't tell you how many tries!

6 x 12