Monday, September 30, 2013

Day Thirty

You have seen Tony before. I called him Fred but actually he his name is  Tony and he is heftier than I originally painted. So this is a repost of sorts. I fixed the background as the other one was not working for me, gave him some heft, lightened some areas and put his tail more into the background. I like him  much better and I do apologize for the glare in the lower right hand corner. Day 30, dragging a bit, but I did it! I will take another photo this week, Now I am going to  clean the studio, fix more supports, paint. And probably in that order. 

12" x 12"


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day Twenty-Nine

Home from a delightful weekend at the beach and back to my oils.
I have painted this old barn which I photographed on our Washington trip this summer several times but this time I took it really horizontal and played with the angles. It is so interesting to me to see how many different things one can play up or play with all from the same photo.
Palette......purple, green orange.
Interesting and fun. Glad I did it.

6" x 12"


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day Twenty-Eight

Gouache is portable for the weekend at the ocean with a young grandaughter. So quickly done, but done. It is just lovely out here, one of those fall days that are indescribable. Eighty degrees for today. 
This one is really a "study"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Day Twenty-Seven

Twenty-seven. Wow. It feels good.
I am seeing that I got a good amount of body here and the build-up of several layers of paint work well to show her feathers. Nice lady.

6" x 6"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day Twenty-Six

My view Wednesday was looking out over fields of autumn grasses, irrigated crops, and ponds with a farm building in the distance. This is how I finished up class Wednesday and I like the freshness of this painting. I might revisit it and rework the center area.  I almost have it.  Anyone out there familiar with that kind of an almost?

6" x 12"

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day Twenty-Five

I am posting the painting from Wednesday class on Wednesday! Amazing.
We were out at a beautiful ranch 8 miles west of Petaluma.
Red barns, an old Victorian home, chicken coops, majestic name it. Too much from which to choose until I happened on this little scene. Gorgeous old olive tree with a child's swing hanging from the low branch. Bright orange blossoms in the flower bed.
I started to capture the essence of the scene but I would like to revisit it. 
The tree was very much a challenge.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day Twenty-Four

For Leslie Saeta's thirty paintings  in thirty days challenge I promised myself that I would explore gouache so that I could use that medium for travel paintings and fun with the grandkids. Wow.........we are at day 24 so I thought I had better get busy. Early fall is when the pears are just perfect.  So here is my first gouache work.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day Twenty-Three

Since the car was not speeding, my red car that is, I think a few clean edges would have helped this painting. Love my red car.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day Twenty-Two

Sunday's painting is my second attempt at First Street done during class on Wednesday. This time I tried to lose the buildings and make the car the star of the show. The whole thing was about exploring and learning, bringing things forward and letting things go. Not at all happy with the trees but love the little car!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day Twenty-One

This painting was done in class on Wednesday. We painted from the top floor of a garage downtown. These condos and apartments  are on the Petaluma River and you are looking down at my version  of First Street.
Beautiful sunlit day.........

Friday, September 20, 2013

Day Twenty

If you follow my blog, you know the flowers in my garden well.
As always, going for more form.
And Julie.......just a titch of fracturing.
It broke up the background just as I wanted.

6" x 6"


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day Nineteen

I have reworked this several times. My latest challenge was to get the lights light enough. You see strokes of Naples Yellow as my lightest value. Abstract or Representational. Does it really matter?
There is a definite tension between the warm colors and the sharp angle in the upper right. Feel it?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day Eighteen

Here is my attempt to loosen up the Tree by the Studio from the other day.  
It felt very free to paint in this manner. No fussing.
It looks windswept and we have been having huge winds
here on the west side of Petaluma.

8" x 8"


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day Seventeen

The Daily Paintworks Challenge  this week is to paint grass. The author of the challenge provided a photo which I used rather than my own. The clump of grass had a definite gesture which I partially got......
Love the warm and cool. 

6" x 6" oil

Monday, September 16, 2013

Day Sixteen

In January I painted this scene on a foggy morning with the bare branches of winter. Saturday it was a bright day and the grasses of September were full of light. It is a very different painting from the first one. And day sixteen? Hard to believe.
Thanks so much for looking.........

8" x 8"


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day Fifteen

This 30 Day Challenge offers for me the chance to take some risks, to do some paintings that maybe I would not otherwise get done. So I posed what would a painting of only Naples Yellow and Ultramarine Blue look like?  Well here it is. And I just noticed I forgot to continue the fence on the other side of the shed. Well, perfection flees. I like the palette and found the value work to be a challenge. And that is a good thing.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day Fourteen

Day 14
These pears, more of the same batch given to me by a friend, got rolled like dice and then I used the little framing device to find a painting. Guess who had to stick out again. Such a large pear.
 Such presence. My, my.

6" x 6"


Friday, September 13, 2013

Day Thirteen

Day thirteen sees one of my emergency paintings.I have a couple saved up.  No time for art yesterday. Work, walk, book club. If you have not yet read the latest Louise Penny mystery I am here to let you know it is outstanding.

I had trouble getting the upper right pear to sit down and I lightened and lightened the shadows. I like the central one. That pear is taking charge! And hopefully he is just off center enough to work. 

6" x 6"


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day Twelve

Here is my painting from Wednesday art class. I wanted to tackle the beautiful mosaic of buildings that are visible from the rooftop of the parking garage in our downtown. I love the shades of white, the play of the angles. The church spires in the upper left leave something to be desired but they were part of the light path leading one to the sky. Next time? More buildings, bolder strokes. It was a great learning experience.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day Eleven


I painted this one upside down so I would not be too distracted. The big deal here is " I did it".  Figures can be so intimidating but really they are form and value. The sun was on his back and the top of his head. His cheek had this rosy glow. It was all about playing in the sand.
I played also.

6" x 6"


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day Ten

On Wednesday as I turned away from the building I was painting I saw this particular arbor and bench. There were many of them at the park but this one drew my eye. I got to practice painting my whites ( and the arbor was very white) with greys and then adding just a spot of a toned white.  The same goes for the play of light and dark below the bench. 

6" x 6"


Thank you Leslie Saeta for this 30 day challenge. What an opportunity.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Day Nine

This little building sits on one side of a charming park in one of the older sections of Petaluma. We painted there on Wednesday. It was another day of getting my darks dark enough, a pattern of darks, and then the lights light enough. The little bit of cement at the bottom of the building sure helps with that. Great day.

8" x 8"


Sunday, September 08, 2013

Day Eight

Strutting around. Proud as a peacock! On the farm.

10" x 10"


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Day Seven

Three years ago, during the last part of my first year of painting I did a series of Trikes which I enjoyed immensely.
I thought it would be fun to revisit the subject and see how I would approach it now. I will be changing up the compositions and using the backyard as a background. (playing with  words also)

This one was done in the studio. Now to poke around the yard.

6" x 6"


Friday, September 06, 2013

Day Six

Remember Brownie from Day One?  Well he is a rooster, confirmed by owner, and his name is Fred!
Here is another version of Fred. Tiptoeing through the field which was actually thistles but I thought a few red flowers more friendly.
My feelings?  Love the tail. Having trouble letting the dirt show through the greenery.

10" x 10"


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Day Five

Day 5 brings the last painting I did at the local park. Very steep hill, big eucalyptus tree nestled at the bottom. Here, my lights seem to be light enough, the darks, dark. Yeah!

Reflecting on my little shed. In the next couple of days I will revisit it, making a more defined path of darks traveling through the background. And perhaps ground the shed a little more. 30 paintings in 30 days seems to give me the space to do these things that I might not address otherwise. I love to revisit and push........and that's a good thing!
Thank you so much for looking, commenting, enjoying.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Day Four

Day four brings us another version of the shed in our neighbors yard. My intent was to include the trees in the background which are quite solid and play with the  tones traveling through them. I have to lower my head and lean back when looking at the computer screen.........then I get the colors I really wanted. Does this make anyone else a little crazy?
There is an abstract quality about this painting that just does it for me. And isn't that our goal?

To go back to the posting from yesterday.......three roses.........

Julie asked me why the one rose on the right "sang" for me..... could I put it into words. It is the rose I had in my mind and I accomplished it with the fewest strokes. That I know for sure. I fussed over the lower rose as it had an unusual shape. Fussed is not a good thing. The rose on the top just has the wrong dark color. So much easier to see that a couple of days later. So in retrospect, losing some of the sharp lines on those two roses would have benefited the painting that I wanted to do that day. 
This challenge is for me continuing down the road of painting what I want to paint and letting go of exactly what is there. The little shed above demonstrates that. 

Painting is so personal. If you have time, please share your thoughts. All our journeys are amazing.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Day Three

Here is day three and the need to work on composition is evident.For me, the rose on the right sings. Now to do more like that and step up the composition!
Love having a challenge.
Fun to see what tomorrow will bring.........

Monday, September 02, 2013

Day Two

I spent last Wednesday at class working on roses and form, shape, value.
Here is the one I did at home after class. Yes, it was a scrape, scrape day for me.
This little work is more alive.....can you smell it?


6" x 6"

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Day One

Happy Day. It is day one of the second 30 day challenge that Leslie Saeta has sponsored this year. Many of us are approaching it differently than we did in January, learning from that experience.
She took the words right out of my mouth. Be easy on yourself, have fun, learn and explore. 30 paintings in 30 days is a goal not a rule.  
One thing you will notice is that I will approach the same subject several times. Push, pull. Laugh and learn...or play with paint.

Brownie, as I call her, is a very proud animal. Beautiful golden and red highlights in her coat. This is a subject I can push. In fact, next I will lighten the background and see if that pops it a bit. And really push the colors in her body.
Away we go.
5" x 7"