Sunday, March 2, 2014
Simply Reds oc 14x18
You can never get enough of roses, right?
I hope I haven't bored you all with these! This bouquet has lasted so long, this is the third time I have painted them! I didn't plan on getting another painting from them but yesterday when I walked past them setting on the table, I thought they looked even more beautiful than they had last week. I dropped everything ( who wants to do taxes anyway?) And painted this version. I titled it "Simply Reds" because that was what this painting was all about. No other secondary actors, just those beautiful red flowers! Hope you enjoy them.
Will they last long enough for another painting??
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Red Roses with Purple Statice 17x17 oc
This was an exercise in textures. Lots of fun! I started with a very textured underpainting and then working with palette knife I layered and scraped and scumbled the paint around the canvas. It was loose and playful..no expectations. I like it. It feels like energy to me.
Thanks for looking in! Hope you enjoy it.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It's late for Valentine's Day but the red roses and the little angel made me think of symbols of love so the title seemed appropriate.
I've been working more abstractly in my background areas, bringing the eye of the viewer through the painting using detail and sharp edges. I love working this way and will continue to practice until I get it where I want it.
I hope you enjoy my belated Valentine's gift!
Thank you for watching my painting progress!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A Blaze of Roses
Michigan has had a hard, cold winter this year. I love winter but it has been pretty challenging this year. I needed something to cheer me up so I went to the store for some flowers! I saw these wonderful yellow and orange picotee roses and thought of sunshine and warmth! I hope they help you feel that too!
Wishes to you all for a day filled with sunshine!
Friday, February 7, 2014
I was so pleased to see the wonderful article about flower painting in the March issue of Plein Air Magazine ....and there's my painting, "Bucket of Sun"! What an honor!
Amaryllis Study 16x20 oc
I used a little painting knife technique in this painting. I wanted to play a little with the technique as I know several artists whose work I admire that use painting knives throughout their process. I often paint in a way that simulates that technique, using brushwork to accomplish my goals, but I thought it was time to see how the knife would differ. It felt a little awkward not being used to it, but I'm sure I will continue to practice at it.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Grape Ivy and Roses
The gray days of Michigan winter drag on....I'm not a "winter hater", but I do get so tired of gray. I picked up these flowers, trimmed some vine off my grape ivy plant and brought some life to my day! I hope it brings some life to your day as well.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Picotee and Clementines
16x20 oil on canvas
I saw these beautiful frilled picotee roses at the florist and fell in love with them. I decided to throw some "pizazz" in the mix and try a pink and orange palette. I wasn't sure how it would work but I really love the colors together! It's soft and delicate and wild and exuberant all at the same time!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Things of Memories
I acquired this trait of "tenacity" from my dear, sweet Mother. She used to drive me crazy in my youth when she would get an idea in her head, she just wouldn't let it go! Bless her heart, what I wouldn't give to have her here to "drive me crazy" once again. I see this in myself now and wonder how many times my own children were pushed to the brink of disowning me for my inability to let go of something! Maybe someday they will look at that trait as I now do with my Mother with great fondness and appreciation. I do believe it serves me well at times....driving me forward in difficult times. At other times it can be a curse, causing me to obsess over something, unable to let it go. In spite of those times I would not change that about myself.
So what does this have to do with my art you say? Well, simply put if I'm not satisfied with a painting I can get really caught up in "making it right". ( Or driving myself crazy trying!)
You've not seen any posts from my blog for over a month now. That is not because I haven't been painting, it is because I have been determined to get this painting to the place I wanted it. It has changed a lot. It is now closer to what I envisioned when I started it back around Thanksgiving time. So finally here is a new post of a sorta' new painting!
I promise I will be posting more work soon!
One thing about working on correcting a painting is that you do learn a lot. It is an opportunity to experiment and a real chance to see just what happens if you "try something else". Especially if you have photographed the painting in process it really gives you a true before and after.
Thank you for sharing my art with me!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I took on a challenge this past week. I wanted to try my hand at a very large stilllife. The largest and most complicated one I have done so far. I had a few days off work and my significant other was out of town. No interruptions, no responsibilities except what I put upon myself. Not a good way to live your life, but a great way to spend a mini-vacation!
I took some daily progression shots that I thought I would share here. It was difficult to get a good photo because of the dark colors and struggling with the glare. Because the painting was so large I couldn't manuever it to a good lighting situation so much either. I did the best I could, so please try to overlook the misrepresentation within the photo examples!
I hope you will enjoy seeing the progression.
I lost myself in "the zone" for 6 days and feel like the time was a dream....a little weird.
Because I usually work alla prima (wet-in-wet) I had to alter my technique to adjust for drying paint layers.
The Things that Memories are Made of 31x37 o/c
To begin with...I think it is very important to mention the "prepainting" hours and days I spent preparing to start the layout. Much time went into thinking and planning the composition. The color combinations, the textures, the shapes and how they would work together for my design. I thought a lot about what I wanted to convey in this painting..the mood or the feeling. I laid it out, changed it, laid it out again...and again. I found the old Teddy at a Goodwill store, the other objects I had, most of them for years. When I had the lay out where I thought I wanted it, I sat down and studied it. I spent a long time just "walking" my eyes through the composition, making minor adjustments to create just the right flow of the design.
Once I was satisfied with this, I started preparing my materials...stretching my canvas, making sure I had enough paint, etc............Now the fun can really begin.
The first day of painting appears to progress more quickly than it really does. Because this stage is just a block in of shapes, concentrating on getting my drawing accurate, and capturing the values with a wash of Transparent Brown Oxide....it goes very quickly. I find that I still have time to start developing my area of focus with more color and thicker paint. Whew...it's been a long day! But I like the start!
Day two of painting..slows
things down dramatically
Now I have started to narrow in on the
areas I most want to develop. My area of interest.
More detailing and adjusting on Teddy,
and expanding out to the pot,
and starting on the greenery and dried weeds.
Believe it or not I spent almost as much time
as yesterday but it hardly shows!
Just couldn't get myself passed it. It was pretty complicated, there was a lot
happening there but
I didn't want it to become
more important than Teddy.
I detailed, then wiped out the detail...did it again. And so the day went.
Finally..more progress again!
I'm amazed that it has been four days! I'm going to bring some of the objects to a higher level of completion. The old antique Teakettle is so much fun to work on! Not happy with the design in some of the objects now, they will change before it is done. I've added the color to the table top and can't decide if I like it.............The box has taken some time and I've had to rearrange some of the dried weeds on the tabletop....they just were distracting to me. And so goes the journey!
I hope you've enjoyed the process with me and I hope you like the choices and decisions I've made throughout. I guess that's what painting is...a series of decisions and choices, until you can't think of anything else to do!
I hope all my friends and family have had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of doing "just what they wanted to do!"
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lilacs and Peonies
The Evolution of a Painting
I did a painting back in June that I thought was done. It came off the easel and got prepared to frame. In August I took another look at it and thought.."ugh, this painting has some real issues!". So it went back on the easel and acquired a new life. Once again I felt satisfied and off it came from the easel and back in the stack of "waiting to be framed" pieces. Today I realized it still felt awkward to me and back on the easel it went! Now some of you may like the first version best, some may like the second version and still others of you may think , "what a hideous painting, why does she bother!" none the less, for me it is a learning process and sometimes it's just necessary to make the journey!
I thought you might find the steps interesting so I decided to post all three along with a bit of an explanation as to what I saw as I progressed through the changes. I think I will start from the beginning.....
In June I painted "Peonies, Iris and Lilacs". I liked the delicate feel of the flowers and wanted to keep the background light to follow through with that sense of delicate lightness. I tried something different with the little plant stand in the composition. It's a pretty little plant stand and the flowers seemed to sit just right on it.
Peonies, Iris and Lilacs 17x21
Now in August I realized that the background was too light and had no real interest in it. The table while an interesting shape felt awkward and distracting to me now, as did the heavily saturated color in the Iris......so, along came part two.......I could no longer call it Peonies, Iris and Lilacs, because well, it no longer had an Iris in it, so it got a new name with it's new life. Spring Bouquet.
Spring Bouquet 17x21
Well, with time that vase wore on me. It just wasn't comfortable. It felt stiff and contrived, so I thought, "just a little tweaking...." Once I got involved it felt that some other problems existed as well so here it is...life number three.
Lilacs and Peonies 17x21
Is it done? I think so. But hey, one never knows for sure about these things!