Friday, September 15, 2017

Home


 Home from my travels. Those of you who do facebook might have seen
my pictures of Valley Maggia in Ticino, Switzerland.
This is where my family originates and where
my dear friend from college lives.
We had a wonderful visit.
On returning to art class I kept it simple. Still life with three pots. Happy and colorful.

6 x 8

oil




This one is for Chris Lally. She graciously told me about photographing in full sun.
She was so right. A very even photo with no shiny spots.
Thanks Chris. See her blog here http://chrislally.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tree with Shodow




Yesterday we painted at a local park.
This lonely tree stands on the side of a rocky hill.

It has always been a difficult one to capture with paint.
This is my best effort so far.

The very light area on the left is glare from the photo taking. 
I would appreciate any ideas on the best set-up 
for taking photos. I seem to bounce all over 
the studio and never am satisfied.

Tree with Shadow
8 x 8
oil


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tree By The Pond




Tree by the Pond

11 x 14


What a nice day at our local community park.

Yes, a tree again.

The light was hitting it just perfectly with the shadows creating a dark pattern that was very appealing to me. Placement on the canvas, how to crop were challenges that got resolved.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Windows







One day I did 6 x 6 inch small works.
The single window was first, getting warm.......
then the larger one followed.
Brush, palette knife, scraper and roller all used.

Another tree




Summer Tree

8 x 10

Catching up



 Here is my sketch from on old photo.
My very funny two aunties, long gone, not forgotten.









8 x 8
oil


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Family at Doran Park




11 x 14

oil


We have been studying figures in art class. Many, many rejects.
But.....this one is a keeper.
Such strong notan....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Callas and more practice


 This was a warm up painting that ended up taking several hours.
Love the "calla" time of the year!
11 x 14
oil










More  practice on portraits.
This has too much noodling.
It needs to be simpler but I was just trying to get the main
planes of the face.
Bad hair day?

11 x 14
oil

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Portraits



We are presently studying figures and portraits.
As you can imagine there is a pretty steep learning curve.
Here is my attempt from yesterday's class.
The light was coming from below and she was so beautiful.
She looked like a professional model.

Oil on canvas paper.
10" x 12"

Monday, February 20, 2017

Playing with Color



Abstract
8 x 8

I started out to work on some figures as that is what our class work is now
but this is what happened. It just felt right.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

More figure work



Continuing the work on figures. 
I added the basketball player. Oh, not easy.
The toddler was more fun.
Close up of her below.
The addition of yellow was to suggest the joy kids find in movement.






Tuesday, February 07, 2017

In Progress and a llittle Warm Up

    
Abstract Work in Progress
36 x 36

I can see things beginning to emerge.
Will I leave them or continue on?
I need to bump up the green so that you see
lots of white, some green and a bit of red.
Interesting process.








  Warm Up

6 x 6

Little Blue Pitcher

Friday, February 03, 2017

Another figure and a warm-up



I dropped a basketball player in this painting. 
I would love to make it a collage of figures but not sure if it will work on
this support.



Below is a study of an old paintbrush.
I am trying to give myself time to do a warm up painting.
Easier said than done.




Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Figure Studies


My first work as we start to study figures in art class. 
I did not get to the hula hoop which was in the photo.
The figure looks to be a teenager and should look much younger.
The reference was of a  4 or 5 year old.











This smaller study shows a much younger child.
Great learning experience.
Looking forward to where this will take me!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Left Brain Studies











Want to have even more fun?
Take a scene with which you are familiar and paint using your
non-dominant hand.

The results are wonderful. Loose, carefree and often right on.

These are 6 inch studies done with my non-dominant hand.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Goldberg Lane #1 for 2017




This is the scene I look at each day from my studio or our deck.
I kept it in a complimentary scheme and was careful to have reds in my greens, green in the reds. 
Along with the warm sky, those moves hold the painting together.
Why don't I measure the painting before I come up to the house?

Best Guess is 12 x 16
Oil

Monday, January 09, 2017

Winter Tree


Trying to capture the cold starkness of the season.


Winter Tree

12x18


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Colors of Fall



Just getting back to blogging and then finding I need to take more photos. 
My body of work on trees is continuing, but there are so many other options I want to explore.
I will keep you updated!

This is a 12 inch painting done in oil, my favorite.