Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Merry Christmas one and all!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The copyright free reference photo I used is by Late Bloomer of Wet Canvas. I chose this photograph to paint because it has a beautiful late evening contemplative mood. The mood where one walks along or sits on the beach and all is quiet except for the sounds of the surf. A time to reflect or a time of peace. For me each painting is an adventure, never knowing if it will turn out as I have envisioned it or if it will have white gesso applied to it to wipe out everything that was painted.
Painting white or off-white is not as easy as one would think. Light cast on an animal or an object casts a certain color, then there are the colors from the surroundings. It may not be my best painting but it is my best dog painting, *grin*.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
24" x 18" on gessoed masonite. I will let this rest overnight and look at it with fresh eyes and in daylight, to see what, if anything, needs to be changed.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
11-13-06 This was painted over the weekend with corrections done this morning. I like parts of the original version better as it looked fresh and bright. I do like the table part better. So along the line of showing what works and what doesn't, this is one that sort of works but could be much better.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I think of these feelings as fear based simply because they often keep one from going forward, making it difficult to begin a painting or make decisions. While my mind is subconsciously working through these feelings, I read art books, watch artists' videos, or view paintings in galleries and museums. Sometimes, all it takes to overcome these feelings is picking up a paint brush and laying down strokes of paint. That is how this painting began.
Monday, October 30, 2006
This graphite drawing was for the Weekly Drawing Event and posted at Wet Canvas yesterday. By the time I posted it, it was overworked and didn't resemble the young girl in the photo. So this morning (10-30-06) I reworked the proportions of her face, including the angle of her eyes, the shape of her mouth, the dimensions of her body, as well as her right arm and hand. It is still overworked and not totally correct, but the addition of darker contrasts and the reworking of the shapes improved this a lot.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
10-15-06 This 10" x 6 1/2" watercolor was painted for the Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) within the two hour time limit. The reference photo was taken by Deb Leger for the WDE. It is not mandatory that a painting be completed within the two hours, just that the painting or drawing be photographed and posted at the end of two hours.
I painted this without sketching or using masking fluid to keep the white of the paper. The perspective is totally off, the white fence is a mess, not to mention the shrubbery. But, I had such fun of meeting my personal challenges. A few of my goals were to 1) keep some whites in the Center of Interest area, 2) not overwork the paint and, 3) to see how well I could do with the perspective without a sketch. Comments always appreciated.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Item #2 is to find a dried or wilting flower or plant. This was a peach colored rose that was almost gone. Casein paints on 5" x 5" Arches 300 lb. paper with time spent approximately 30 minutes. This photo was taken inside with only window light but it shows the textures of the paper which I thought were an important part of the painting.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
This 6" x 3 1/2" casein practice painting was done in thin washes on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper. The colors used were Ultramarine Blue Deep, Shiva Rose, Burnt Sienna, Yelow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light and, Titanium White. I have shaky hands so the lettering wobbles and bobbles a bit.
Since casein becomes very hard when dry, this watercolor paper would need to be mounted on a firm surface and, varnished.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
09-12-06 Yesterday and today, I worked in caseins. This painting is 7" x 5" on gessoed Ampersand hardboard. The painting has been sealed with Golden GAC 100 and once that dries it will be varnished.
I have taken several photos of this painting both indoors and outside. This scan of the painting represents the work the best. This painting is for sale and can be purchased through PayPal, Here.
Monday, September 11, 2006
There is a Engraved Wall Workshop in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas with Sam as our most patient instructor. This painting is supposed to represent an engraved wall but, as you can see mine isn't working too well. This painting has multiple layers of paint, sponged, splattered, dripped, and glazed. My mind sees the wall as a dull, pinkish marble with some lights and darks and the forms of strawberries engraved in it. This painting looks nothing like what I see in my imagaination ha, ha. I will continue working on this as I am determined to learn the process.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Yesterday, I decided to practice with casein paints on this 7" x 5" Ampersand board. Casein is an water based medium made from the protein of milk and has been around for centuries. It is best painted on a rigid surface. The paint dries very rapidly and can be applied in washes or impasto.
This unfinished practice piece helped to understand a bit better how casein works. The beautiful part of casein is, after it dries, it can be buffed with a soft cloth for a beautiful satin lustre.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
If you want more information about this painting, such as pricing, it can be found on this page of my website
Monday, August 28, 2006
08-28-06 Click the image to see a larger view of this oil painting.
This photo shows the second layer of overpainting. There are areas that still need to be adjusted such as the pot spout and the core of the apple. The camera leached the color from the white areas of the cloth. There is actually a hint of blue, red and yellows in the white.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I began a grid drawing of the copyright free reference photo (from Wet Canvas Reference Image Library) which took me a couple of days. Then Sunday I began painting the grays (grisaille) to establish the values of each of the objects. This acrylic underpainting is now ready for color.
The color portion of this painting will be done with oils. Hopefully I will be able to achieve the rich blues of the glass ware, the pewter grays of the pot and plate and, the yellows and oranges of the apple and orange. The main thrust of this painting is the contrast between the light filtering through the glass and peaking the tips of the pot, plate and fruit, and the darks of the shadowy areas.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The paintings accepted into the show are Cherokee Rose, Day's End, and Truckee River. I hope you take the opportunity to attend the art show as there are many nationally known Cherokee artists that will be showing their beautiful work.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
08-11-06 I finished the painting and submitted it for The Homecoming Art Show at the Cherokee Heritage Center. I will know the 21st of August whether the painting was accepted into the show.
08-09-06 This was painted from a photo I took of my neighbor in March of this year. The Cherokee rose reference photos are copyrighted and permission has been received from the sources, Trinity Farms of New Zealand, and the University of Florida, to use the photos. Also, I used a copyright free photo posted by the US government.
The Cherokee rose is a China rose that was brought to the U.S. around 1789. If my understanding is correct, it is symbolic of tears shed on the Trail of Tears. This painting will be entered in The Homecoming art show at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
S = Smile, have the person smile and notice if it is hard for the person to smile or if it is more lopsided than usual
T = Talk, Ask the person to say a simple sentence such as "Is It raining today?"
R = Raise Arms, Ask the person to raise one arm, than the other arm.
A fourth tip is to ask the person to stick out their tongue. If the person's tongue is crooked rather straight out, that can indicate a stroke.
If you believe that a person has had a stroke, call an ambulance. It has been said that strokes can be reversed if seen by a doctor within a three hour time frame.
Friday, July 28, 2006
07-30-06 More work on this painting. While I have improved the bare trees I am not as pleased with the fore and middle ground. I much prefer the warmer glow in the painting before I added more to it.
07-28-06 I have been working on this 24" x 12" oil painting of the North pond and pasture which is the view from my kitchen window. This painting was done from a reference photo I took in March, 2006. I used a limited palette of Holbein Light Yellow, Lemon, Deep Red, Ultramarine Blue, Blue, White and Ivory Black.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
This is a color chart of oil paints that have been mixed by adding different colors into a base color, such as yellow. By doing these charts, one becomes more familiar with what the paint will do when mixed with one or more colors. In time, mixing color becomes more automatic so that one does not have to think about what colors are used to make green for trees or greens for grass.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
This 5" x 7" painting was completed last night around 1:00 a.m. It is painted on gessoed Ampersand board using professional quality acrylic paints. Using my magination and watching what the paint strokes indicated needed to be the next stroke, made it quite interesting to paint. I hope you enjoy it. If you are interested in this painting please visit my website.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
This is my first plein air painting done in Oklahoma and it is of the South view from the hilltop at my sister's place. It was a rainy, rather nice, cool morning so painted this sitting in the car waiting on a repairman to arrive. I was wishing I had some cooler colors of blue and yellow in my pallette, to indicate more the cooler colors of the greens in the distant trees and hills.
Friday, June 30, 2006
There hasn't been much painting this week. We are having a family reunion Saturday, so time has been devoted to getting the place ship-shape rather than painting.
I had to laugh at myself because I posted the wrong size of the "River Run" painting (I'm blaming it on age *grin*). It is actually 20" x 16" on gallery wrapped canvas.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This painting was done wet-in-wet using Holbein
oils on a gessoed 3 1/2" x 16 1/2" luan hardboard,
using a brush and palette knife. It is very wet
and was difficult to get a photo without glare from
the lights and flash.
This is the second oil I have tried painting since
the early 1980's. I am finding it challenging but
most of all fun.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
This last photo of rural Northeastern Oklahoma was taken by me October, 2005.