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