Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Iris Study

Iris Study/ oil on board/ 8 x 6/ $135
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In addition to working on color interactions, in my oil studies, I am working on how to use thicker paint. That means I am experimenting with brush types and how my hand contributes to the mark (the direction, pressure, placement).
See if you can see progress in the next while.

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

Sunny Glow/ oil on board/ 8 x 8/ $200
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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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Colorplay Duck

I posted an image of a cow that I painted while playing with sunshine color (see below)  It was an interesting exercise but not a painting that felt finished.

Today, I turned that painting sideways and painted this duck over the base of bright colors. In some places, on this new painting,  I was working on creating vibration (placing color side by side that are  equal in value and intensity but opposite hue/temperature: the vibration occurs at the boundary). In some areas, I was playing with changes in hue while keeping similar values and intensity.

 I'll have to let this painting sit for a while to decide whether it is a "keeper". I like it better than the cow....
 underpainting:turned counterclockwise

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Sunshine/ oil on board/ 8 x 8/ $200
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I am working with thicker paint and bristle brushes on this one.
Seems I am still in an "orange period".

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Welcome to 2016

Sunshine Cow/ oil on board/ 6 x 6/ $125
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 It has taken until mid January to define what I want to accomplish this year. Part of the delay is due to the large number of deadlines for national watercolor shows that I hope to jury into. Fingers crossed. 

As I completed today's show entry, I found that I completely changed my mind about which paintings I wanted to enter. If I can change my mind about my own work, I can only imagine how difficult a juror has it. If I presume that in the final decision stages (i.e. where only good paintings are left, the "easy" rejections are done) it would be easy to see that a different mood, change in weather, something intangible could affect a decision. 
I guess that it what makes me want to keep at this. I want to make a painting that sustains interest. This morning I came across this quote from Clye Aspevig  that seems to express this. He said that "An artist’s job is to create a piece that changes a person’s perceptions of something, to try and get you to think about things in a different way, to start looking at them as having more content, more meaning, more relevance to other things in life.”  
In 2016, I will continue working on understanding and to painting  qualities of "light". One way to do this will be to teach what I have been studying.  I have been invited to give a workshop in February in Tarboro. The description is on my webpage under the teaching tab.
The best way will be to paint and repaint and learn....

Here is the first painting that I will present at my show at Nash Arts (a little community gallery) in April. I hope you will mark your calendar. If you want an invitation to the opening, please let me know.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bucket of Sunshine and Tip #7

Back to oil painting after commissions, and large watercolors. This is an experiment in color. The background is transparent darks, chosen to read as distance in the painting. The foreground flowers, leaves and pot have all been painted over a transparent color. All have been overpainted with mixtures that have some opaque paint in them.

My tip today is another great book. I have loved reading "The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted" by Kathleen Lochen Staiger.