Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Commission Shepherd

This is a commission that will be gifted sometime Easter weekend, so to insure a surprise, I didn't share it  until now.  This dog has the most beautiful eyes. It was such a pleasure to paint.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Repainted Edges

This is a painting that didn't quite work for me (see below), so today, I worked to make the little bird less hard-edged.

I especially like the less defined legs on this newer version. As the bird is made less hard-edged, the beak and eye are more easily seen.

I love the edges achieved by Quang Ho and Carolyn Anderson.
You might enjoy Carolyn's blog (link) that features her beautiful paintings and an interesting thoughtful discussion.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Fancy

Spring Fancy/ oil on board/ 4 x 4 ?$75
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Another small bird working on loose colorful brushwork.

Sometimes I have to repaint a painting like this thinking about each different stroke instead of "coloring in" that is so hardwired..

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tulip Sketch

Tulip Sketch/ watercolor/ 10.5 x 4.75/ $55
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This is the first watercolor of tulips using the lessons I learned from the Reid workshop a couple of weeks ago. Mr Reid is a master of clean, fresh color and washy but not washed out paintings. He uses just the right amount of water in the brush, on the palette placed onto dry paper that can be prewet by the leading brush edge.

I would like to work on a vase of these while they are in bloom.

This is one of Charles Reid's watercolors recently shown on his Facebook page.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

White Ibis

White Ibis/ 6 x 8/ oil on board/ $135
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This is a painting inspired by my recent trip to Charles Reid's workshop. Theses birds arrived each lunch hour and sat in the branches across the waterway from us. I changed the water from the swampy brown to sunny beach.I was fortunate enough to also find a favorite fishing area of green herons, blue herons, pelican and egrets...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring/ oil on gesso board/ 6 x 8/ $135
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My spring tulips and daffodils are up. There are enough that if the weather is nice, it might be possible to paint them outside..

This is a little painting on a gesso board.
 I have been working lately on canvas boards and the slick surface had its challenges. I started with a limited palette of titanium white, cad lemon, cad red medium and ultramarine blue. To add some color, however, I added caribbean blue and naphol red toward the end which allowed for brighter greens and more presence to the tulips. Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pair of Apples Study

Pair of Apples/ oil on canvas board/ 6 x 8/ $135
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I am working toward integrating my foreground abstractly into my background in alma my paintings. This is an oil that accomplishes that for me.

The design of this little painting required a small adjustment (see below). Although I had originally blocked in two apples of different shapes and colors, they morphed into twin shapes. I think the small change in size adds interest.

Here is the same painting before a small modification is the right apple size.