Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Three more.........


 This abstract emerged as they all do. I call it Intersections. 
As much as I wanted different marks on the board, intersections kept appearing.
To me it also looks very fertile.

8 x 10

oil





This abstract speaks of weather.
Elements perhaps.

8 x 8

oil




For a change I painted all of the above without a specific word in mind.
I let them happen.

This last one is my purple and yellow  reworked.
It has much more movement and lots to say.

8 x 8

oil


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Five value study



Take a Break From Color

What a great experience. 
Squinting and then playing with the camera really revealed what was up! 
I wanted whiter highlights but other than that a great challenge.

oil on canvas paper
NFS

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Change it up








Here is a palette that is pretty new to me. Love the experimental quality of it.
Thank you Julie Ford Oliver for suggesting the palette.
This work really demonstrates how important the turning of an abstract is.





Such different paintings. I think I prefer the top one but then.....


5 x 7

  oil

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Three abstracts



This abstract was started thinking of the phrase spring day.
And then it became what it is. Spring yes, Summertime yes.
Happy for sure.

8 x 8

oil










 I love working with purple and gold. And pretty soon there was this interesting
shape almost in the center of the painting which had such presence.
This one I turned many times.
It is something different in each direction.

8 x 8

oil








We actually did have a rainy last week when I started this one.
It took some looking and waiting and painting.
This  is where I stopped.
Amazing how those windows of mine keep popping out.

8 x 8

oil

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Very limited palette



In class we have been looking at the works of Georgio Morandi.
What beautiful and interesting work.
His compositions are amazing.
Just Google his name for a treat.

Today I wanted to learn more about drawing ellipses. He was a master of shapes and color and relationships.
And I love his limited palette.

So this is my work from class today. Much of it was spent on drawing.
The quickest and easiest part of this.........the ball.
I love how it just kind of fades yet remains essential to the painting.
Another great day at class.

11 x 14

oil

Monday, February 09, 2015

Gestures




this week is to give a tree it's full gesture.
It is all about the gesture.
Followers of my blog have seen this particular tree many times.
This weekend, it was rainly and the tree is right outside of the studio so
I attempted it once again.
This time I was really able to concentrate on the negative spaces.
And look, temperature.

8 x 8

oil

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Abstract 2


This post demonstrates my process as I work on abstractions.
Each direction has to work, one is always the favorite
Here you see all 4 views.



I think my colors are a bit more intense than you see. Perhaps a little too much light from 
the window.




Do you see stairs?  Does that shape lead you in?




A favorite stroke is the white next to the "stairs"
I has varying amounts of importance depending on the view.
I am continuing this series as I cannot believe how much
I learn by doing a quick abstract each day.

8 x 10

oil

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Red barn revised



Here is another salute to the happy month. This work, which you can see below, was hanging on the studio wall looking very boring. It  was painted last fall. I would look at it but was not ready to do anything with it yet.
When I had more certainty about it, I took it off the wall and put another layer on it.
Now this barn I like. Hints of abstract.
Ahh........the journey.

8 x 16

oil



Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Abstract with red




This one felt right.
Fresh. Done in a short amount of time.
No fussing.
I looked at it from each direction and this is the one that works for me.
I do see endless possibilities here.

8 x 10

oil

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Nasturtiums 2




I am declaring February Happy Month.
Out with colds and flu.
In with fun.

This painting was done in January as I continued to explore
nasturtiums and their graceful poses.
I am also playing with this palette.
Happy..........yes.
Leaning toward abstraction.....you bet.

11 x 14

oil