Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Still Life Study

I have been working on cleaner, brighter paintings. Everything I read reminds me that a big problem with "chalky" or "muddy" paintings is painting inaccurate color temperature (Presently I am reminded of this because a horse I am working on keeps rolling in the dust....(in reality, I keep erroneously adding white to areas that should be warm...)).

To practice "warm" shadows and "cool" light, I set up a still life. I wiped out my shadows every time that I painted them "cool" (thinking "shadow= blue/grey" which is "cool" which is wrong) ("wipe")).  The  "cool" light allows use lots of white in the mixes in the lit areas ( remember that white "cools"...) and keep the white OUT of the shadow mixtures...Now back to the horse.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mum Study #2

Mum Study #2/ oil on linen primed canvas board/ 8 x 8/ $ 165
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I sold a smaller finished painting of mums at The Nash Arts Council show last week. I wanted to try another. This one is larger than the first study. This was interesting to work on the textures and the color shifts. I like the suggestion that the mums are "tactile"

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tulip Sketch

I haven't written on this blog since February 16th. In the interim, I have been working on many new technical challenges. In oil, I want my colors to remain clean, relatively intense and not overworked.
Here is one that I painted many times (and wiped many times) that is getting closer.
Tulip Sketch/ oil on board. 6 x 8/ $80
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If I can work this out, then I'll attempt to explain what I have learned. That said, today I worked on pansies and wiped that painting twice....two steps forward.....

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunlit Poppies

Sunlit Poppies/ oil on board. 5 x 7/
The end of our winter is close. However, it has been icey, cold, dark, wet and difficult to get light into the studio. I came across this image from last year's poppies and worked on creating the warmth and the glow that I felt when I remembered this day.
This mood and desire to paint this feeling also resonates with the workshop that I am leading this Saturday. How to teach "how to paint bright light and glow."... I can hardly wait.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Working on Reds

I wanted the feeling of these poppies in sunlight.  The mistake I continue to make is to lighten the light-facing parts of the flowers. However, lightening makes the red color and pushes that part of the flower away. Notice here that the light-facing areas are warmer (yellower) reds and the shadowed parts are cooler (pink or purple). Also I loved adding the bright warm greens i the final grasses and the bright blues in the centers of the poppies.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Repainted Sunny Glow

Here is another "repaint". As you can see, my objective is still working on color questions: light, glow, vibration.
If you are also interested in color and light, you might want to join my workshop on February 20 at Blount Bridgers in Tarboro. Using food as our subject, to celebrate the exhibition by Hobson Pittman, we will explore the rules that express types of illumination in painting.