Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chicken Study

Chicken Study/ oil on board/ 4 x 4 /Buy Here
My sister-in-law asked me today to help her with her computer. Turns out that she wasn't receiving posts from this blog in her e mail. I reassured her that it was a "me" not a "you" problem (as my son says).
I had a small chicken series painted, that were just not good. Today, I got them all out and worked on them. I restated their little chicken eyes, brightened their chicken feathers and housed them in new chicken backgrounds and I love them all.
I hope to have "Twelve Days of Christmas" to include small paintings and best of artist "finds" of 2014 starting Dec 1. I have a week to get these together. I know I have two more chickens to share before then.
Sorry about my absence. I have been painting, just nothing worth sharing....I know the painters understand.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Twenty Minute Exercises

I am working my way through Carol Marine's new book "Daily Painting" (link). In one chapter, Carol suggests setting up small study subjects and painting for 20 minutes: reposing the object (or simply restarting) and repainting the same thing.
Here is such an exercise. These are the last of my nasturtiums as cold weather finally arrived and finished the 2014 tender plants. I divided an 8 x 10 board using 1/4" artist tape. I painted each square for about 30 min (I went over the alarm). When all were finished, I decided to paint in the white borders and extend the bright leaves over the edges to attempt a composition of the exercise. This was fun. I did improve (can you find the first and last small painting?)
So far, this book is excellent. Perhaps you want it on your Christmas list.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Santa #4 (2014)

Another Santa to post.This one is a square format and more loosely painted than the last one posted. the "tightness" (or "looseness") of my painting  seems to depend on the day, not the subject.
I am also collecting well-executed large paintings for the end of year large juried show deadlines.  I will post those soon.

This little painting is for sale at Low Country, HH

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Losing Edges

This is a small painting where I was working on "losing edges". To do this, I tried putting paint on, then scraping it off and replacing it, and scraping it off again etc. This is a very liberating and somewhat meditative process.
One of the artists whom I consider a master at edges is Carolyn Anderson She has written couple of rich, detailed posts about edges in her new blog. The link to her blog is here. If you are a painter, you will want to sign up to receive her upcoming posts as they will undoubtably be thought-provoking and excellent. As you will discover when you click on this link, Carolyn is an amazing artist. She is also an unbelievable teacher.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Santa #3 (2014)

I especially like the beautiful eyes on this Santa. When painting a face, you choose which eye will be the more finished eye. I like that one to have something special: a glassier look, small color changes in the iris to make it look more alive, a brighter highlight etc. This Santa's eyes seemed to follow me as I stepped back and forth to evaluate the painting's progress. Do the eyes follow you as you look at the post?

At Low Country, HH

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Santa #1

Santa #1/ oil on gesso board/ 7 x 5/ SOLD
I have started my Santas for 2014. This is the first.
I love Santas who wear the gold-rimmed glasses.
I also love to see "who" appears from the initial block in of these. I find the dull grey or grey-grew backgrounds make the red of the Santas appear bright, cold and crisp. Painting bearded men is definitely easier than painting faces without facial hair.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Here is my painting "Glide" that will travel to the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition.  For me, this is a different perspective and I love all of the reflections.

Here is an image of January 2015. The exact dimensions are detailed in my previous blog post.

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