Thursday, February 27, 2014


Here is my latest attempt. #4. I so tried to limit my strokes. While I was not very successful, I painted an apple and that is a good thing. It is a step in the journey.


My class work for Wednesday was a subject that I did not give enough forethought to before jumping in. I am sure we have all done that. Since the window was such an integral part of what I wanted, I think I should have cropped the image in further. It would have been more graceful as I have a bad tangent in the upper corner. My "word" was nuances. Little things with meaning. And the window was part of that although also the rust on the roof spoke to me also. These buildings have so much character and history.
In class we worked with limited palettes and discussed various neutrals. It was wonderful information,.

It was a rainy day full of painting time. Loved it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Apples 2 and 3

Apple #2 did not come out as well as #1 but maybe puts forth more opportunity for learning. I wanted a dark background. Now I know it needs to be darker and my apple more midtone.I will also  enlarge the light areas. Then I think it will work. I did manage to use an opaque color and not have it too dense. That is an ongoing challenge for me.

This is number three and done with the Daily Paintworks Challenge in mind.
I premixed my colors, as I usually do. That is not the  problem.
The problem is.......taking just one more stroke. I know it will be better if I just fiddle a bit.
Here comes the mud. I know I am in good company with this problem.  Yes? 
 I will try again as I think I can do better.
 Below is a view of the palette I used. Only cad yellow light, cad red, aliz, and phathalo blue....and naples yellow and a white.
I outlined the apple in the beginning with the Indian yellow.
Beautiful neutrals if you limit your palette.

In class last Wednesday I put color on this board that I had transferred my drawing to beforehand. I still love the composition and am thinking this is just fine for a first go around! You know I visit and revisit my favorites! I am also fond of this size, 8 x 16.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Once again, an apple a day

I am working on daily practice again. One way to achieve this is to pick a subject  you are pretty familiar with and just paint and paint. Do quantity and you will achieve some quality. 
Here is apple #1 for 2014. I am off to do apple #2.

6 x 6


Thursday, February 20, 2014


Freedom sounds a bit confusing for a title of a blogpost but that is exactly what I felt when I made that mark drawing down the body of the rear building. I wanted to convey more that the original representational painting conveyed. I was hunting for a certain depth. Yes, the original scene was peaceful but I was also drawn to it because it was more than that.
So after a wonderful class and observing my classmates attempts at both representational and abstract work, I went home and put another layer on the painting from my previous post.
I love it. It says something to me and I hope it does to you also.
Strong shapes and strong colors.........a great start on the journey.

6 x 12


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Busy, busy

 Here is my class work from Wednesday. I spent most of the class getting the drawing correct. That was, for me, no small thing.
Then I quickly applied burnt sienna and a warm white. The cool white is in the sky.
The next step should be to add color but since I loved this process so much, I want to keep this work as a reference. It taught me lots and lots. I love the looseness. 
Next I learned how to transfer my drawing to a new canvas so I could save the two hours I spent on drawing the first one. I traced the important lines on one piece of tracing paper and then I put a layer of graphite on a second piece of tracing paper where it was needed. The second piece  went down on the canvas, then the original tracing which I drew over, and wow. Lines appeared on the canvas, saving me so much time. Now I will paint with my selected palette.

 This work has been evolving over many weeks.  I posted it last month but it has had more work done on it since then. Now I have learned all I can learn from it. Time to move on........

Here is my attempt to paint it loosely.

The last two weeks have been both busy and touched with the flu. So everything seems kind of sporadic. But spring is on the horizon and things will even out.
I hope you are having a great holiday weekend.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Weekly Challenge

This week's Daily Paintworks challenge is the Citrus Challenge. I used the photo that was supplied although I did not need to. And I finally sat down with my gouache and played. So for a first effort in a long, long time..............not bad. And I learned how to handle the medium better by the time I was almost through. Definitely this medium has a place in the life of an oil painter.

8 x 10

gouache on mixed media paper

Monday, February 10, 2014

Warm Up

This is my warm-up painting that I did before the Challenge painting I featured in my last post.
I found myself just as intrigued with the background as the flowers. Who knew?
Once again, it is so obvious.
Paint, paint.
6 x 6


Saturday, February 08, 2014

Weekly Challenge-Strokes

Lazy day yesterday in the studio. Late in the day I did the Daily Paintworks Challenge.
It is called  the Stroke Challenge. We are to be mindful of each and every stroke we make.
Yes, it is a true challenge. By being so mindful, the painting was kept pretty fresh which is always good. My favorite stroke is the little pink one in the lower right........

6 x 6


Friday, February 07, 2014

Simple Shapes

This is a little 8 inch study done in class Wednesday. My intention was to concentrate on simple shapes. No fussing. That is always a challenge. Love the flower.


I made two very small changes to this work and rephotographed it. You can see the brush work more clearly but it did come out a bit dark. My morning in the studio was working on three or four paintings that just need a bit of work, just a touch as they say.

We are enjoying rain, much needed rain.

Happy Friday.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Revisions and Elements

This is an old painting that fell on the floor resulting in a big chip in the lower corner. So, with nothing to lose, I got out my big brush (after gessoing in the chip) and updated away. My "experiment" was to change the sky color so that it made more sense with my palette. When I photographed the painting I was not happy with the results. So I went to Elements and used color correction and this is the result. Now the colors are much more intense, much closer to the actual painting. I really lived with this one a long time and am pleased with the results. Now I can't wait to paint it I know I can develop it even further. Really emphasizing the negative shapes in the trees just seems to be calling............

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Study in White

I sized this work at extra large so you would have a better chance to see the various marks.
It was supposed to be various white but a bit of color kept creeping in. And so I let it happen.
The piece is 11 x 14. I wish it was larger.......and so it might well lead to another  painting.

Here it is "upsidedown".  For me it is a vertical painting but one of the joys of abstract is turning, turning and trusting your gut.
Today my gut says that little red stroke stays at the bottom.
This is such a great experience. Please let me know what you think, how you react to abstracts.
I appreciate hearing from you.

11 x 14


Saturday, February 01, 2014


You can really lose yourself in the world of abstract. This was layer two or so.  I think. Remember I said lose.

The painting said Dance to me so I attempted to pull out that emotion or action while intensifying the colors. Darks darker. The second step was to nudge out a dancer. The third step was to integrate the painting so that I did not have a figure sitting on a background. Play with the edges. Integrate.
How much fun is that.
Version 1

Flip version 1 180 degrees and you get Version 2.
This one is a little more interesting to me.
In any case, what a special process.
Each version can tell it's own story.
And Dance seems very appropriate.

14 x 20