Saturday, October 15, 2016
The largest expense for calendars is always the shipping from the company, so I like to have an idea of how many I might need to order to avoid a second order (shipping cost). If you know that you will want a calendar this year, please let me know. The cost will be $24.95 and I may try first class mail instead of priority shipping for people who can't pick them up.
While I am updating this blog, I'll let you know what I am up to. First, I am working on a series of "newborn" images. If you have one of those hospital images of a little one swaddled in a hospital blanket and are willing to share to with me, I will continue to work to make these look like the correct babies. If yours is one that I achieve a likeness while I am learning, I will gift you your baby painting, if you allow me to post it so that I can advertise to do this (ALL IF because this is definitely a work in progress)
In addition, I am working on an outline to make this blog more useful, especially to my students and I hope to launch that early in 2017
My big watercolor show deadlines start to pile up at the end of the year and into January. I have some new experimental work that I hope to enter (and eventually share). These pieces are strong compositionally so that will add to the goal of the blog relaunch of useful information in this forum.
Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Yesterday, while I was warming up, I took from my stack of "something isn't quite right after I have lived with these paintings" and repainted the vase. I wanted it less tight. Next, I repainted the sunflowers to be a sunny yellow. Better with the yellow, I changed to more purple hydrangeas. The white on the coneflower petals cooled and dulled them. These changes meant that I wanted to brighten the background ....
One change in your painting usually means that something else needs to change...
I will look again later and see if I am happy now!!
Monday, September 12, 2016
|Summer Bouquet/ oil on canvas board/ 7 x 5/ $135|
Today, I started again. I painted with transparent colors as long as possible and then tried to keep from "snuffing out the life" of the painting with the opaques (including white).
Saturday, September 3, 2016
|Designer Grapefruits/ oil in stretched canvas/ 8 x 10/ $185|
Perhaps also interesting is that this painting was painted over some failed zinnias.
Friday, September 2, 2016
|Puppy/ oil on stretched canvas/ 7 x 5/ $135|
I have also been working through the lessons that Nancy Medina recently provided. I hope that you will se some of her color influences in upcoming paintings.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
|Sunflower and Zinnia Study/ oil on canvas board/ 5 x 7/ $125|
I think this painting may be a breakthrough for me. The recent goals (in oil) are CLEAN color and flowers that don't look "pasted on".
Okay, so "clean color"'
You have to put clean fresh color, mixed to exactly the right color pieces from your palette onto the right place on a clean canvas. That means, when the color is not correct (and you tell this by looking, then looking, then looking), you have to wipe back to the white of the canvas and reapply the correct color. If you try to "mix it" on the canvas to the correct color, it will grow dull (faster if you are using opaques and really greyed out if there are whites in your mixtures).
To be able to wipe back to white, I like the canvas surface I posted last time. I also begin my painting by applying a thin (and wiped) layer of gambol or medium.
The"unpasted part" is harder (for me) and I will write about that next time.
Cross your fingers that this is integrated and that I am truly on a path forward...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
|Susans and Daisies/ oil on stretched canvas/ 10 x 0/ $185|
Usually I paint on their canvas boards but today's paintings was painted on a gallery-wrapped canvas. The Centurion surface allows me to paint a thin underpainting layer (see the grey purple at the bottom) and wipe back to white areas that I want to eventually paint intense clean color (the bright yellow Susan's petals). (It also wipes failed paintings back to white). This surface has a nice texture and "grabs" the paint better than the slick surface of gesso board. It also makes painting looser edges easier.
I began this painting sitting on the ground outside in my garden. I added thicker additional layers of color inside in my studio.