Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring is fleeing

Springtime is fleeing in Sonoma County. Today it is very warm with lovely weather predicted for the next few days. So callas are fading. We must enjoy them while we can

10 x 10


Monday, April 28, 2014

The elusive rose

Still trying to capture roseness with only a few strokes. Just shapes. This painting was done over an old one which really helps with all the texture. I love the texture. I find it really enhances the feeling I want. So my bloom is better but that bud in front is awfully straight. I am not thinking nature is like that!

6 x 8


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Boats on the River

As always.......loved class on Wednesday. We were on the river with so many different views. This one was so tranquil. It had the perfect mood for me.

8 x 8


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Petaluma Turning Basin

This is a scene I have painted many times. This time my concentration was on shapes. I wanted to let the shapes tell the story.
It was a beautiful day in sunny California!

9 x 12


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More boats

Here we go. Comparing a better photo with the one on my previous post. is difficult to photograph wet paintings.
This one has dried for about 5 days and I found it easier to take the shot.
If you have suggestions for getting that photo when it is really wet, please share.

This work Auction page

This is the first painting from Wednesday class. It is 10 x 12 which I enjoyed doing.
Working on form, values.
Love the little spot of red.
Since the little boat had lots of "junk" in it, it was also an exercise is picking and choosing for me.
What to select?

When I finished the first painting, I moved on to the second. It is 8 x 8 and presently an auction item on my Daily Paintworks Auction page.
Lay the paint down, move on.

It was a great morning painting.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Daily Paintworks Challenge


The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week involves a color named
radiant orchid.  I am not sure I got the color right but I used purple and a modern pink to
get what you see here.
I painted over an old picture that had a good amount of orange in it. You can see it peeking through which gives the new painting some additional life.
Practicing getting the drawing correct and then it is just shapes!

5 x 5


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Red Barn

 So I confess. I just cannot resist a red barn. They are iconic.
They hold history. They are charming.
They define a sense of place.

10 x 10


Monday, April 07, 2014

Wednesday class

Spring is in the air and Wednesday class featured a couple of different vases of springtime, calla lilies and  lilac.
I loved doing the callas with this soft palette .

6 x 12


This is the first apple I did in this last round of apple painting. It is perhaps my favorite, my freshest. I admire the various planes I found and the carefree edges. My goal after conferring with my instructor is to first get the shape correct.  Then play with color or whatever challenge I  have given myself for that day.  It seems so basic and yet so easy for me to forget. And to stop buying round apples.......they look like pumpkins!
As always, an interesting journey.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Apples, apples

Here are my favorites. I will set up the auction later today.....

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Sweet Peas

this week is to explore the area between impressionism and expressionism.
So, the wonderful light of the impressionists and the bold strokes of the expressionists.
That is a large order but I will tell you, I loved painting the first sweet peas of spring!

5 x 7