Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wednesday Class

 Wednesday art class was back at the park. Here my goal was shapes and center of interest. That is not easy for me when I do not have a figure or a structure. I decided on the path of light behind the tree. It was a good day of learning.

Then in the last 10 minutes I used up the paint on my palette with this little study of the path going up the hill. I have walked it many times. But my result is more of an abstract. Shapes and values. Today I worked on this same view in a larger format but I don't feel I have it yet. The one thing hard to deny is the loveliness of the late summer hills.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Another revisit

Another revisit, you say. Yes indeed. That is how I choose to dig deeper, see another gesture, another palette. This one, which I have done at least 10 times, has a more unified palette, is looser and still conveys the age and history of the little farm building.

8" x 8"


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


This scene is about concentrating on turning form, working from warm  to cool and honoring those negative spaces. Each painting teaches us one more thing!

8" x 8"


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wednesday Class

Helen Putnam Park has loads of trees. And if you visit it in the early morning, it is so quiet. Class started out quiet so studying the trees was easy and peaceful. They present lots of energy. This one, as in most eucalyptus, is tall and has lots and lots of beautiful colors whirling in and around it. I worked quickly and loved how it came out. A beautiful palette of green, purple and orange. Yes indeed.

4" x 6"


Friday, August 16, 2013


I kept one little vase of flowers in the studio all week. They certainly did change shape and I rotated them around trying to see different patterns. Of course they taught me wonderful things. I really learn the most when I repeat the same painting a few times over. Here I went for a simple palette and fun shapes.  I wanted to paint movement even though flowers in a vase are static.
This was a productive day........

6" x 6"


Monday, August 12, 2013

Girl in Gold

Last weekend I took a ride out to the ocean just to walk and breathe in the wonderful salt air. As I was walking along, I noticed a little girl and a man........they both had on very bright gold t-shirts.
I grabbed a couple of snapshots as I keep promising to work on figures.  This one seems tentative  but I think the values are pretty close. You can see my orange ground peeking through. I like that warmth next to the cool ocean.

4" x 6"


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Revisitng Schollenberger Park

I took my two studies and a photo and then just painted. Here is what happened.
I like the painterly quality of the foreground and had a more difficult time achieving that quality on the distant hills. Another goal was to make the palette a little  more interesting. The warm tones helped me get my desired effect.  How do you respond to this painting? Is my path clearly a path?
Let's talk.

6" x 12"

Friday, August 09, 2013

August Flowers

You know when I just need to paint. And today I did lots of it!
Work on commissions, work on taking studies to the next step.
And then walking through the garden picking out some flowers.
The strokes felt so good.

6" x 6"


Monday, August 05, 2013

The process

 This is the result of two studies you have seen recently. Here I did an 8" x 10", really concentrating on the path of light. When I reviewed the painting, I felt it needed more lights. When I looked at the photo I was not so sure. Oh, another work in progress. I will see how I feel on my next day in the studio.

In total frustration I picked up the watercolors and just went for it. The distance seems to work nicely and the whole thing is freer and looser which I like. But the foreground does not work. Too many midtones is one of the problems. But one never paints without learning. And I got to paint.

Friday, August 02, 2013

More Studies

 Wednesday our painting class met at a local park that looks across the river to the hills south of Petaluma. It was a perfect day......clear with a fresh breeze but not windy. No blown over easels.

I did two studies playing with the notan and hoping to find a rhythm in the landscape . I was looking for S curves and  gestures  in the scene before me.

I am happy with the studies and will take what I learned and apply it to a larger canvas.
You get to vote........square or rectangular?

And in case you are wondering, the grey-blue on the left is a path......not a river. The river is buried out of sight behind the green horizontal.....along with the freeway!   A big challenge will be to make it a certain path.......not water.