Sunday, December 31, 2017
This is my first attempt at the beautiful sunrise we have here on Eastman Lane in Petaluma, Ca.
I used a palette knife and way too much paint.
This study is 6 x 8 inches. By far the sky was the most enjoyable to paint.
The next day I did the same scene with a brush instead of a knife. Look how different. There is a minor size difference. This one is 5 x 7 inches.
My intention is to paint each day even if only for 30 minutes. No getting stuck and fussing.
I am now almost completely retired so I have more time to enjoy creating..
My husband Dennis and I just spent two hours cleaning the studio. Amazing how dirt accumulates.......we live in the country. Now I am all ready for 2018.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Girl in the Red Bathing Suit
5" x 7"
Now we are studying flat shapes.
It is very interesting to create flat shapes while watching that all the shapes are
of various sizes and not repetitive in any way.
I found I was much more successful if I used
a brush and not a palette knife.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
This is a small abstract. Playing with making marks
and enjoying mark making thanks to an online class I took from
8 x 8
September flowers is a larger painting, about 20 x 24, where I just
enjoyed the freedom and flowing of the flowers on my deck.
Also a work in oil.
Good to know........this was about my 4th painting attempt that day
so I was really "warmed up"
It helps so much to do smaller warm up paintings or just to play with your paint
before you move into your subject.
Friday, September 15, 2017
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
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
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
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
This was a warm up painting that ended up taking several hours.
Love the "calla" time of the year!
11 x 14
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
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
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.
6 x 6
Little Blue Pitcher
Friday, February 03, 2017
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
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
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
Wednesday, January 11, 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