Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#13 - Blue Rose

Blue Rose
6" x 6"
Oil on canvas


Painting #13! I'm really cooking now. Yeah, I know. I should be on painting #33 since we are in week 17 of 2011, but I've really picked up steam in April. I plan to be at 50 by the end of June.

Here is my Blue Rose! I really love it. It started as a full color painting, then I added a couple of layers of bright blue glazing to make it pop.

Have I said that I really like to paint roses? I like the challenge of a limited pallet. I like the shadows and highlights of the individual petals, I like everything about them. They are also my "go to" when I'm not sure what else to paint and I just want to scratch the painting itch. So excpect to see them pop up every so often. There may very well be one sitting on my easel waiting to be started as we speak. As I type. Whatever.

#12 - Class Pear 2

10" x 14"
Oil on board

This is the 2nd of the finished class pears. It started out as a black and white painting:

but then several layers of glazing were added. Glazing is a technique where you add color by mixing oil paints with a medium and layering over the painting. In this case, I mixed paint with Liquin and added one color at a time. I believe, if I remember correctly that I added a red layer, azo yellow, ultramarine blue, added some highlights with lead white, then another layer each of red and yellow.

With glazing you get more of an aged effect for lack of a better term.
You can compare this with Class Pear #1 to see what I mean.

Class Pear #1 was painted with color from the beginning.

I learned alot from this exercise. In particular, how dark or light to make your underpainting in preparation for how it will show through the layers of glazing.

Friday, April 22, 2011

#11 - Sis Fishing

Sis Fishing
6" x 6"
Oil on Canvas

I enjoyed this one. I wanted to paint a figure, but am not quite ready to take on faces. The unfortunate thing about painting people you know is that they expect the paintings to look just like them and they most often do not. I do think I have captured a little of what my sister looks like. I can tell it's her. I think those that know her will be able to tell it also.

I had fun painting the water and the clothes so I'll definitely be painting more of both of those subjects in the future.

It's 1:30 am. I am tired. I am going to try to get some sleep now.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

#10 - Cottage

14" x 10"
Oil on Canvas

#10 - Cottage (Based upon the novel Stupid Cottage by Dawn)

This one gave me fits! FITS I tell you! I didn't like this painting at all until the final hour. I had difficulty with depth and the different layers of the landscape. I scrubbed out and painted the dark green ivy/rose background 3 times. I think I worked it out as best as I could and it's time to slap a signature on it, shake hands and agree to disagree. Someday we will look back at this and laugh but for right now...too soon. Maybe in a couple of days.

The ending of The Office helped.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#9 - PLOCK!

6 x 6 in.
Oil on canvas


Why did the chicken cross the road?
Col. Sanders: "I missed one???"

Thank you. Thank you. I'm here until Tuesday. Don't forget to tip your waitress!

This is one of my favorite paintings so far! it is part of the weekly challenge. Funny thing...I had just told my mother that "I don't paint farm animals" and then this popped up as the challenge. A chicken with a 'tude.

As it usually happens, for about the first hour of painting, my subconscious mind was telling me that everything was just awful! Crap! Terrible! Thank goodness I pushed through. I had to redo the background several times and while it's not quite as vibrant as I would like, it does work I think. I like this one so much, that I priced it where I wouldn't be too upset to part with it if someone wants to give it a good home.

Monday, April 11, 2011


24" x 18" Giclée print

Several people have asked if I will be making prints of the "212" red door painting. I am thrilled to say YES! They will be 24" x 18" have a small white border for framing and will be signed and dated by moi.

The first prints will roll off the presses in about 1-1/2 weeks. Email me to reserve yours today!

#8 - Class Pear 1

Pear 1
10" x 14"

You may remember this one. It was a class project. It's finished now, so I'm counting it. I really like how the gold in the pear turned out.

The other pear will be posted shortly. I am glazing it and have another 2 layers to go. Also in the works are a blue rose and a cottage painting that I think I'm really going to like. AND prints of the red door are in process too! Lots going on.