Sunday, September 27, 2015

Horse Study

Horse Study/ oil on gesso board/ 7 x 5/ $125
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September has been a busy month!
I enjoyed a workshop of fabulous new students that are all now enrolled in weekly ongoing classes. Plus, I have been involved in the organizational details of a local art sale with several brand new artists that will occur this week. I expect once the sale is done that I will resume more regular on line updates. I have been obsessed (again) with understanding color. I am wondering whether to post some of that information here. Alternatively,  I have been asked about a possible class at Nash Arts. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

This little painting is of a horse that I saw on a day collecting images with Sharon Thorp earlier this summer. The format of the painting was inspired by a painting I saw on line of a commissioned hose portrait. I loved the unfinished look.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sunflower Study #

Sunflowers Study #2/ oil on gesso board/ 8 x 8/ $145
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I have not had a chance to paint and post lately. That is not to say that I have not painted. In fact, I have painted things that I love. However they are large watercolors that I shall offer at the upcoming sale or submit  to upcoming juried exhibitions. I have also painted studies. Some of these are working on seeing and painting color and others are requirements for my on line class assignments.
Today, though, I completed another sunflowers study. The filler flowers are butterfly bushes. I loved the interplay of colors in this one.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Little Gull Sketch

Gull Sketch/ oil on board/ 4 x 4/ $50
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A sketch of a gull at the beach. I had small pails in the composition but they were distracting. I would have known this if I would have done a thumbnail value sketch....
I will offer this, though I plan on re doing it with more finish.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Sunshine!/ oil on board/ 7 x 5/ $125
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I was working on "glow" to give the feeling of this glorious summer day in this small painting. I hope many of you are packing for a long beach weekend and have great weather,  just like the day this little one enjoyed!

This is my post for Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's Challenge (link) and I have to go paint to get ready for tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sunflower Study #1

Sunflower Study #1/ oil on gesso board/ 8 x 8/ $145
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I am finally painting again. However, my calendar has not caught up. I planned on participating in Leslie Saeta's September 30 Paintings in Thirty Day Challenge (link) and I totally missed Day 1. Here is my first painting.This is a study of sunflowers in a loose squared-stroke style.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back From the Beach and New Colors

Beach Study #2 reworked/ oil on canvas on board/ 6 x 13/ $225
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You may remember this painting. I reworked it adding some better greens in the dunes and a cleaner, bluer sky color. These changes were inspired by a recent visit (and great images... painted soon?..) to Folly Beach. In addition, I have been reading and learning about painting color (again). My mom will have surgery in a couple of days so I will be away for a little while.

My sister found this. I love it
There is a powerful exercise, quite simple , which I began to use many, many years ago.
Who would I have met on the way , be it a person or an insect , the first thought that I assume with respect to this point: "I wish you happiness ! " But most importantly, that this idea was indeed the very first , "I wish you happiness ."
It completely changes on what is going on between you and that person.
I say this from personal experience .
Sometimes it's very difficult when you meet the enemy when you find yourself face to face with an unexpected tough situation ...
And at this point you get an opportunity to create more space around you ... You see how it pops up this negative emotion , and before it will take "up" over you , you have time to convert it ... You see everything as it is: that's evident ignorance ; anger - not that other, as ignorance from my side, from their side..
Convert him, let go , turn into love.
Try it and see how much everything will change in your life . "
~ Richard Gere

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunshine at the Beach

Sunshine at the Beach/ oil on board/ 7 x 5/ $125
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So, here is the story about this painting and HOW it was painted. I received a beautiful image of a little person at the beach SIMILAR to this one.
I thought, since I love painting children in the sunshine, and have done many (from behind) at the beach, that this would be a commission that I could accept and accomplish. I agreed to a 7 x 5 size. I prepped the board with a beautiful bright pink acrylic underpainting. I then began the painting. Although there are only small face elements, my brush facility and tiny plane changes needs work. Soon, the little person had a new identity. Furthermore, her beach attire didn't work compositionally with my painting. I allowed the painting to decide on new bright colors and a new little person. The tiny squares of color also evolved with the painting. Sometimes this happens: the painting takes over. I think this little painting is full of happiness and I am grateful for more lessons learned.

P.S. I painted the commission piece (with a reasonable likeness) in watercolor with her original beach wear.