Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Keeping a Cold at Bay




This  post refers to my recipe for health in the winter.
I have consumed countless Satsuma tangerines.
Delicious and healthy.

Sending fondest wishes for a happy, healthy new year
 to each and all of my blogging friends.

8 x 8

oil

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Warms Ups



Trying to get back in the swing of things. 
Feel the paint.
Play with shapes.
Choose a palette.









What did I learn?
Those little snowdrops are very hard to paint!
And I still love vases, vessels of all sorts.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Purple and orange abstraction







This painting was done sometime in November. It is a class work with the assignment
being to take a reference photo and make an abstraction using the photo for inspiration.
I used a photo of the barns below our property.
You have seen them many times in red and green.
I first developed my notan.
Then I loosely painted the scene.
 I then turned the painting and worked on it from different directions.
As you can see, I also used other instruments to make marks.
Great fun.
I have not painted for several weeks but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
I will pick up a brush again soon!

14 x 14

oil

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunshine




A personal favorite.

5 x 7

oil

Friday, December 05, 2014

Single bloom




One single blossom sitting way out in front proved to be a challenge.
The answer was to add layers.
My favorite part?
The vase!

6 x 6

oil

Monday, December 01, 2014

Abstract Process







Last week's class consisted of a choice. Paint shoes, and there was a wonderful shoe set-up or do an abstract. Abstract sounded good to me. I needed the free feeling.
So layer one went on easily.........oh, there's a landscape. Paint it out.
Turn, paint.
Oh, there is a swimmer rising. Paint it out.
If it really wants to be there it will reappear.
Turn, paint, turn, paint.
Then the painting above emerged. I only needed the stroke of the hair and the stroke of the face
to complete the work.
What a fun process!

9 x 12

oil

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Florida Sunshine



Sunflowers for a special friend in Florida.
What a treat to paint.
Sunflowers brighten everyone's day.

8 x 8

NFS

Monday, November 24, 2014

You Cannot Miss Red




My other entry into the red show at Gallery One in Petaluma.
209 Western Ave.

I love this composition and have worked with it before. 
This is a larger painting, 14 x 18.
Larger for me that is......

Enjoy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

You Cannot Miss Red




This is one of my entries into the latest show at
Gallery One
209 Western Ave.
Petaluma, Ca

The show is titled You Cannot Miss Red

I have painted this pitcher in light blue as it exists in my Fiesta ware collection many, many times..
It was really fun to translate that to red.
There are many layers of paint here.

And truly, you cannot miss red.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paint Quality




This posting shows the painting that resulted after we discussed
paint quality in my weekly class. Strokes being varied, amount of paint, are just two of 
the things we discussed. 
And so I tackled flowers again. Will I never learn?
These nasturtiums were simple.......maybe too simple as they 
sat there in the jar.
When I turned the painting upsidedown, I could see I needed to
add a couple more blossoms and to arrange the leaves in a  
more pleasing manner.
Always looking for those S curves.
I used three sizes of brushes and a palette knife.

8 x 8

oil

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Experimentation




Another wonderful class day.
I painted on Dura-Lar which is a synthetic paper.
The oil moves easily as it is a very smooth surface.
It dries quickly.

Great for experimentation.
Perfect for studies.
This was done with both brush and palette knife.
Size.........about 5" x 6"
nfs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Updating








After the class critique, I added some warmth to the bottom of this painting. 
I think it works as a whole painting much better.

12 x 12

oil

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall colors




Wonderful day painting yesterday.
Great class, instruction.
Love this one.

12 x 12

oil

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Clouds




Wednesday's class was high up in the hills above Petaluma.
And it was such an interesting weather day.

I rarely paint the sky so this was a great natural set-up for me.
Clouds moving, changing.
Light moving, changing.

12 x 12

oil

Monday, October 13, 2014

Emotions




Last week, before we left for the weekend, I had one of those moments where one needs to paint. Time for it or not.  When viewing this work of three carnations, I do wonder, was I feeling warm and high? This is a very high key paintings full of softness and warmth. To me, it matters not what it is.
I was painting emotion.

8 x 8

oil






This is one view of the lake we visited in northern California.
Serene. 
One day next year, I will be in one of the three boats!

 



Before arriving at the lake, we drove through Lassen National Park.
Here is your reminder of what a dry year we are having.
This is the south side.
Not a speck of snow and you are looking at at least 10,000 feet.
The north side has very small areas of snow.
It did make one pay attention.

Glorious country.
Plumas County
Lake Almanor
Lassen National Park


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Friends



These guys are good friends. 
I loved how their stems pointed.
Does not take much to amuse me!
I was able to paint quite a bit over the weekend and enjoyed it all.

8 x 8

oil






Monday, October 06, 2014

Satisfying the Urge




Love the title.
I have been wanting to do some abstract work.
Really abstract.
Really bold.
Something in had to come out.
And so I used only cerulean blue, cad red light and cad yellow light.
Bold.
Felt good.

8 x 8

oil

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Class at the turning basin




 What a fun class today. We were at the other end of the turning basin in downtown Petaluma. I have painted the boat you see from the other direction many times.

Today was about trying to keep it simple and using a unifying palette.
I put orange on one side and ultramarine on the other. 
In the middle using both orange and blue I made a puddle of grey.
Then the fun starts. You can create wonderful colors using only these two and a white for tones.
A bit of lemon yellow and a bit of alizaron snuck in also.

By keeping the palette that simple a very pleasing effect results. The painting works.
The palette holds it together.
Notice the warm and cool on the boat.
They were not easy to achieve.
LOL





9 x 12

oil


Monday, September 29, 2014

Bold Roses




Is there anything you just try and try again?
For me, it's roses ( and barns )
Here I tried to concentrate on the negative shapes and see what that would bring to the table.
They are interesting shapes
The roses are bold and that was also what I was after.
Truth be told, there will be more paintings of this subject.
It speaks to me.

8 x 8

oil

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What else?

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5 x 7

oil

What else? A barn, of course.
Trying to capture the essence of an old, old barn  that wasn't always old.
It had life and joy.
And interesting shapes.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Almost Abstract




Lots of painting this weekend along with lots of  studio clean-up, edge finishing.
Here is a small painting I did, simplifying the scene below our home that I have painted so many times. 
It was wonderful to lay down bright colors in this fashion.
I will do more.
What it comes down to is just how many strokes does it take to deliver your message?

6 x 6

oil

Thursday, September 18, 2014

trike with stones




Many of you have seen lots and lots of tricycle paintings from me. I have not done one for a couple of years, so it is time to revisit. This is the first of my new explorations.
I now will concentrate on more interesting compositions but the trike, it felt good.

8 x 8

oil

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spring Hill Road




This landscape was painted on Wednesday at the old Burns Dairy which is now Open Field Farms.
It is a delightful place full of ranch buildings and acres of farmed flowers and veggies.
I worked on distance and capturing the light. The grass was so light, a beautiful contrast to the rows of flowers you see here.

11  x 14

oil

Monday, September 08, 2014

Stormy weather




This week the  Daily Paintworks challenge has us painting an incoming storm.
This is not something we ever see in northern California but what fun to paint.
Just play with colors. 
Lovely bright colors.

4 x 6

oil

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Autumn Mountains




Class last week was at a farm in the foothills east of Petaluma.
I selected a very small bit of landscape.
Love the movement.
Wish I had captured the dryness of the grasses.
There were so many colors.........

8 x 8

oil

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Blue Lemons



The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is to paint using value, not color, as the defining element. So I was looking at value only and picking a color that was not  a "lemon" color. Just value. So difficult. I think I did not get my light light enough but shapes I saw.

5 x 7

oil

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Correction




I made just a few more strokes to this little painting.
Now the apple is not floating. Nice.
The dark pattern is a little stronger.
Happier.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Apples







Computer problems reign.
New computer, nothing connects.

Now that I have vented, here is my apple painting from last Friday.
I see I could have edited that branch as it is quite dominant. 
I will live with it for a bit and see.
Love the red and green

5 x57

oil

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Skyhole Challenge






This week's challenge is to paint a subject, preferably a tree as that was the example , showing the variety of and concentrating on the sky-holes.
This scene is of the Williamson River in Oregon with the colors of fall. It was taken last October.

8 x 8

oil

Monday, August 25, 2014

Layers and layers






This little still life has layers and layers of paint.
I worked on it about 4 times and it also covered an old painting.
This one stays as I finally got the palette correct and the light.
Reflections are still a goal.

5 x 7

oil

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cattails



A very grey overcast foggy day at a local park for art class today.

Lots of reeds, cattails.

I got really close-up.

6 x 6

oil

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beautiful Blossom



This is my outdoor still life.
There was a very large bush with great lavendar
blossoms, actually clusters of berries.
Great light.
Fun.

4 x 6

linen cloth (Senso)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The shop revisited



Here is the progression of my day in class yesterday.  The bottom photo is the original where  you can see my notan and the strong lines of the structure. Done well but boring.

The middle photo is how I attempted to destroy boring by color. I got a very tropical feeling while using lots of color. Value mattered, not which color. And I really brought out the window that attracted me in the first place.  

The top photo is number three and the most successful one. It is the most sunlit which was an important element and very difficult  to capture. It has the strongest lines, the least effort. It just happened. Trial and error pays great dividends.

And once again a great painting experience.




Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The shop



What caught my eye about this shop building was the little window on the back wall which looks out onto a berry patch. The scene also  had interesting horizontals and verticals.

8 x 8

oil

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Blue



The question posed is how would a rich blue background work?
I had such fun adding bits of green or orange to it.
Another step in the journey!

6 x 6

oil

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More Pears



More high key. Just keep pushing those pears!

6 x 6

oil

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Numbers 2 and 3



 Number two interested me because when I added the third pear I got such a strong straight line going down the left side of the pears. This is a good contrast to the curvy lines and fulness of that pear on the right. The question remained about strong values. Lights light enough?

8 x 8

oil




So a high key painting results from the above question. These lights are light! Here I am getting more of the juicy feeling that comes with pears. Love the play of warm and cool.

6 x 6

oil

Monday, July 28, 2014

Renew



And why renew?  I am feeling like I lost the flow. My answer for that is to go back to the basics, paint as "daily" as I can, watch my drawing, use of color, composition with familiar objects.
Hence the pears. I have 4 done and will continue until I feel that my feet are underfoot again.

6 x 6

oil

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Painting larger



Here is a painting from last Wednesday. I zoomed in on the trees below our home and now see how centered they are. So, perhaps the barn saves the day?

6 x 12

oil

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cleaning Up the Studio



I am on a mission to clean up the studio. Great summer project and this guy has been hanging around too long. Every so often I put another coat on him, freshening him up but now he needs to go the the Daily Paintworks Auction.
He needs to grace someone's wall.

6 x 12

oil

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quick, quick


Quick, quick because this work is from last week's class and we are meeting again in one hour. 
The last week has been summertime busy, crazy.

We were at a local park again and I chose to paint a scene that receded far, far into the distance.
I also underestimated how difficult that would be.

So here it is full of new strokes and a new style.
It will be fun to see if it sticks!  

12 x 12

oil

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Busy month



Summer months are so busy. We just returned from a lovely vacation and the whole family is getting back into the swing of things. 
I want to start painting more. It feels right.

Here is my entry into the Daily Paintworks Summer Challenge.
The subject is trees.
These are the trees I look at every day from my studio window.
It is a very solid grove and I just concentrated on one small section.

6 x 6
oil

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Park



Another path. This scene captured my interest  as it was full of triangles. Please do notice how they morphed into other angular shapes. Honestly!
It was cold and so windy. I found a space next to my friend's van with some protection . The grasses were alive with the wind. So beautiful

11 x 14

oil

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lion Challenge



this week is to paint a lion. The moderator chose a very straightforward photo of a large and powerful lion. What a challenge. I painted and painted, then I scrapped it away and looked again. What remained after scrapping was much stronger that my original full of effort work. Just a few palette knife strokes and I left it alone. Tremendous learning experience.

8 x 8

oil