Monday, March 31, 2014

Purple Apple

Purple apples. Well, probably someday.
While we wait, here is mine.

6 x 6


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Apples everywhich way

If you have been watching the apple challenge given by me to me you notice I have never done one with just a palette knife. I often use a knife for highlights or to just get some color on but never have I done a whole painting with palette knife only.
So here it is. My favorite part could be the shadow. LOL.


One apple painting that was sitting there looking uninspired got me thinking. We did this in class Wednesday. Paint the whole thing with a wash of white and then wipe away. It is an interesting process and can produce wonderful results.
So I did it here. After applying the white I really wiped the parts I wanted to be most prominent.
Does one want a dreamy apple?  Here it is.................

Over the next couple of days I will be putting all the apples on the Daily Paintworks auction. They are colorful and fun. I hope you will bid.
I will definitely let you know when they are up!

And just for fun, today I asked myself, what if an apple was purple?  That will be posted also......

Monday, March 24, 2014

Only four tubes of paint...........

The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is a fun one. We are to use four tubes
of paint only. They are white (titanium), cad yellow med, cad red med, and phthalo blue. Just the basics. These basics.
Since my instructor has always had us make our own colors, this was a familiar thing to do.
You have all seen this tree..........many times. But since I was concentrating on particular colors, why not once again?

8 x 16


Monday, March 17, 2014

Window Closer

A favorite building with a window so the scene.
The two chickens are just frosting on the cake.
Off on vacation for a few days.
Glorious spring here in Northern California!
Enjoy wherever you are.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Number 6 and 7

Here is number 6. I really, really tried to count my strokes. Not my strong suit for sure. But I am painting, learning, having fun.

6 x 6  oil


Number 7...........I have never painted a work with a black background. This is Gamblin's chromatic black. The apple is large. Trying to be certain.
And I painted #7

6 x 6


Friday, March 07, 2014

September Scene 2

Here is number 2. I love how it flows, suggests.

8 x 16


Thursday, March 06, 2014


Today we are revisiting. Yesterday's September scene was my choice for what I would work with in Wednesday art class . After discussing it with my instructor, we both decided that the barn did not read. It has doors on the front that appear awkward.
So I pushed the barns back some, deleted doors, pushed back the hillside and made the triangle in the center a bit more pronounced. With each of the revisions I felt that I learned something. It now is a stronger painting but wait til you see the next one. I painted it for the first half hour or so from an upside down photo and the above painting upside down.  That is how I get away from noodling and fussing.
So what I will post tomorrow you will find much looser, more free flowing.

My number 5 apple just was not working. I put it on the window sill in the studio with very strong sunlight hitting the top of the apple. The colors did not stay clean so a few days later I picked up the palette knife and made some bold strokes. An improvement for sure.

So, my friends, the journey continues.

Monday, March 03, 2014

September Scene

And that is how long this reference has been sitting on the wall waiting for me! It is a scene I drive by often during the fall months. 
8 x 16