Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 22: Eggplants

Today, I found these eggplants broken on their stems so I decided to paint abstracted plants with these last few. This is another repainted canvas board (9 x 12) and again, I love having to apply thicker paint to "get over" the underpainting. There is more texture to this canvas, it is a source tek panel.
I still love nature's lime green and purple combinations.

Remember to check on the other day 22 paintings here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 21 of the challenge

This is a warmup since I haven't painted in watercolor for the past week.  I continue to experiment with the texture and colors of peaches in oil and I hope to have some of these paintings posted to complete the thirty day challenge.
As I struggle on some of these challenge days and also as I look at the postings of the other participants, I think that the challenge might be better if there was a daily commitment (perhaps a process posting to one's blog) and then a weekly post of the "best of the week's work".
Probably this would be even better if there was an opportunity to actively participate in constructive criticism of one's work....Seems that to improve, one needs to commit to "the work and paint regularly (in this case: daily)  but also to the critical evaluation of the progress.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 20: Cantaloupe on good-rimmed plate

This is a painting that I had mostly finished for day 19 of the thirty day challenge. I just didn't like it enough to photograph and post it. The background was too insipid... a muted green-grey and it did nothing for the beautiful freshness of the wet juicy orange fruit (which was as delicious (even after baking under the lights) as it looks).
So I added just a note of indanthrone blue to a lot of white and knifed it over the other background. This did it. For me, it makes the orange sing.

You can see the other day 20 entries here (and scroll back to see the ones you missed on day 19....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Study Little Creamer

Study Little Creamer/ 8 x 10
I bought this little perfect creamer from e bay to paint with red fruits and I couldn't resist practicing the grapes again this week. I had painted the cosmos late last night, so they were also already available...

The 30 day special prices continue just until the end of the challenge and then the prices will return to normal...

That said, you can buy this here and remember to check out the other day 18 paintings here

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 17: Eggplants #2 Study

I have lost a lot of painting time the last couple of weeks as I tended to the overgrown weeds in my garden. These are some the the last, smaller, redder eggplants from 2014's garden. I had to paint the wonderful colors. More than halfway through the challenge.
You can buy this here and see the other challenge paintings here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 16: Reworked Peach Study and Study of Grapes

Low Key Peach Study (reworked) 8 x 10
I reworked the background on this to have a "less scratchy" feel.

Then, I worked on the transparency of grapes.
Here is what I tried: the side of the grape that is nearest the light source is dark. The side away from the light has warmth and most of the grapes have some solo areas.
Much better than my previous tries (one of which is under this one)
The grapes are only 5 x 7

Check out the other day 16 posts here

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 15: Low Key Peach Study

I had the pleasure of painting with my niece and nephew today. Both are very talented. My nephew painted the planes of the pomegranates I have been struggling with: small geometric pieces of paint. I want to try this before I forget. My niece had this set up of peaches with a dark background that I tried after my rose and bottle was a complete wipe. It is getting harder to get a daily piece done....and we are only halfway there...